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LISBON COAST
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regional overview

Lisbon, often compared to San Francisco for its climate and natural setting, is a beautiful city. With historic quarters, a castle, royal palaces, fado music and an abundance of restaurants and bars, it makes for a great city break. For outdoor enthusiasts and beach lovers, head out to Caparica, Guincho and Ericeira beaches, renowned for their surfing and kitesurfing. South of Lisbon, the Arrábida range is great for hiking and has sheltered bays for swimming. The Tagus estuary and bay is ideal for kayaking and sailing. Finally, the wine regions of Setúbal and Colares are an excellent way to spend the day.

properties in LISBON COAST

Lisbon is a beautiful historic city, with a wonderful setting on hills overlooking a wide bay and beaches. In the capital city, we have chosen restored historic flats right in the heart of things, ideal as a base for exploring the sights on foot. Outside Lisbon, there are vineyards, forests, medieval villages and a coastline of cliffs and surfing beaches. In Sintra, there are grand houses with pools and gardens, taken on a bed and breakfast basis. Or, you could choose to stay in charming self-catering cottages restored from old cellars and stables within a working vineyard.

the great outdoors

Hills and coastline make for a great combination. Surfers and kite-surfers from all over Europe head to Ericeira up the coast, and just outside Lisbon are Caparica and Guincho beaches. In more sheltered waters, the Tagus estuary and south-facing bays of the Arrábida peninsula are ideal for sea kayaking and sailing. If you simply want a beach to relax on, they are everywhere- the closest being out towards Cascais. The region is also great for hiking and climbing, from the limestone hills of Arrábida, to Sintra and the windswept Cabo da Roca.

historic towns & local culture

The most famous historic sites in Lisbon include the São Jorge (St George) castle, Jerónimos monastery and Belém tower, along with the Moorish Alfama quarter, the Pombaline Baixa and Bairro Alto districts. A short trip west gets you to Sintra, with the Queluz royal summer residence and numerous manor houses on verdant wooded hillsides. To the north are Mafra's palace convent and Torres Vedras, with remnants of hilltop fortresses built during the Napoleonic invasion. There are also many charming villages in the countryside and along the coast, including Colares, Azeitão and Portinho.

best times to visit

This is definitely a year-round destination. The winters can be sunny or cool and rainy, thus a good time to visit art museums, palaces and restaurants in Lisbon, or hit the surf along the coastline. Spring and autumn are delightful, with temperatures in the mid 20s, being a good time of year to walk around town and set out exploring the countryside. Summer days are generally in the 30s, with most areas moderated by coastal breezes. Summer is also the time for many festivals, including Santo António, the patron saint, for the weeks around the 13th June. International sporting and cultural events take place throughout the year in Portugal's capital.

getting there & around

Lisbon is served by major airlines from all over Europe, and with the airport being close to the center of town, this makes for a very accessible city-break. Getting around is also straightforward, with a good metro and bus system in town. Regular commuter trains head out along the coast to Belém and on to Cascais. There are fast trains further afield to the north and south of the country. In order to save time and gain flexibility, a car is recommended for those exploring or staying in the surrounding countryside and coastal areas, but a car is not needed if staying in town.
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