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A sweet escape from the LX centre rush

A sweet escape from the LX centre rush

Guincho beach near Lisbon

Editor’s note: This week’s guest writer is Mafalda and she’s a student in Lisbon. Because there’s so much to do near Lisbon she would like to share with the world the best spots for all international students out there! Check out these ideas for Lisbon day trips .

Lisbon can be a surprising city everyday, full of lights, people, and sounds. Sometimes you just need a sweet escape from the city center, though. I mean, what’s not to love about travelling?

A Canadian friend was coming to Lisbon for the first time and, after a long week of sightseeing in the city, good food and music, it was time to show him some amazing spots not very far from the centre. We took the car and we headed for a long day with beautiful views to relax a bit.

All you need is a car, some snacks, a camera, good company, and don’t forget to sleep well. The next day: rise and shine, be an early bird – because you’ll be walking a lot!

Bring all of your energy and enjoy this sweet escape route:

1. Cascais

Cascais' seaside
Cascais is beautiful and picturesque. Take a walk by the seaside and enjoy the breeze.

Here all the roads lead to Rome, so just take a couple of hours to get lost in their familiar streets and little commerce. Discover its small beaches, and after that, Santini is a must! Being the most well-known Portuguese ice cream store, there is no better thing than buying one of their delicious ice creams and enjoying the sunny weather.

2. Cabo da Roca

Cabo da Roca is near Lisbon
Don’t forget to bring your camera! Cabo da Roca is absolutely stunning.

Continuing the stroll, Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of Europe, offers you a panoramic view with a perfect scenery. It’s out of this world! Take as many photos as you can to show your friends this natural beauty.

3. Sintra

Sintra is mysterious and beautiful
Sintra is quite mysterious. Go to Quinta da Regaleira and discover all the secret passages!

There is a lot to say about Sintra: a world apart, with a peculiar environment, almost enchanted, with history in each castle and every street. Get lost in Quinta da Regaleira in the historic center. You’ll be speechless.

Later on, to ease up the hills you’ll be climbing, try the famous queijadas de Sintra at Piriquita!

4. Boca do Inferno

Boca do Inferno is a beautiful sea landscape
No wonder it’s called Boca do Inferno (Hell’s mouth).

Take a quick stop here, another pearl for your eyes, where the hills meet the sea. There is also some commerce around and good cafes – explore them!

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5. Guincho

Guincho is a top spot for water sports
Guincho is one of the top spots for water sports!

Personally, this is one of my favourite beaches in Portugal. Its big waves, wild wind and clean sand merge into a dazzling set. A sunset here is worth the wait!

At the end of such a refreshing and yet exhausting day, it is time for dinner, you can find some good and cheap restaurants in this area, try ‘Pátio dos Petiscos’ in Cascais, or just wander around and seek others.

What are you waiting for to get going? Join your friends and find out these little wonders!

(Photo credits in order of appearance: Miguel Teixeira, Jaime Silva, Jairo, Gert-Jan Mes, Flávio Duarte and our talented guest writer Mafalda Silva e Sá.)

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