Perfect location for amazing day trips: Sintra for castles and Cascais for the Atlantic Ocean.
Sintra is about a 40-minute train ride away. You can catch your train from Rossio train station, which is located in central Lisbon. On the way back, I stopped at the beautiful Oriente train station mentioned in my previous article.
Sintra is an UNESCO World Heritage Site for a reason and is a fascinating place to visit. We only visited Pena Palace, so I have still plenty of reasons to return, hopefully on a sunny day. I was “lucky” enough to be in Sintra in the only day that was raining, but perhaps rain made my visit to this castle even more magical.
In addition, you can visit National Palace and the Moors castle.
Home is where I hear the waves.
Being born at the seaside, home is where I hear the waves, so to head to the Atlantic Ocean in Cascais was an amazing experience. The train journey takes about 30 to 40 minutes, and I took the train for Cais do Sodre station.
The beaches here are sandy and with crystal cleat water. The main beach in Cascais is Praia da Ribeira, but my favourite one was Praia da Rainha.
Portuguese people seems the kindest people I have met in a trip this year. Everybody that I stopped to ask for direction helped me and always with a smile on their face. But I guess is understandable when you live in a city with 200 days of sunshine and the Atlantic Ocean.
Thank you for reading!
Adeus e obrigada.