Embark on this tour of Lisbon and nearby sites to discover the reasons why people come back to Portugal over and over again. Enjoy new flavors and dishes in Lisbon, visit the unforgettable Chapel of Bones in Évora, explore the incredible palaces of Sintra, and more on this four-day itinerary.

Highlights

  • Wander the impressive palaces, gardens, and forests of Sintra
  • Travel back in time as you walk the streets of the medieval city, Évora
  • Take a sunset river cruise down the Tajo River in Lisbon

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival in Lisbon - Take a River Cruise - Explore the City Solo Lisbon
Day 2 Tour of Sintra - Cabo da Roca - Cascais and Estoril Lisbon
Day 3 A Trip to Medieval Times in Évora or to the Beach at Nazaré Lisbon
Day 4 Depart from Lisbon  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Lisbon - Take a River Cruise - Explore the City Solo

Golden sunrise over Lisbon
Golden sunrise over Lisbon

Welcome to Lisbon! We will pick you up upon arrival at the airport and take you to your hotel. Once you settle in, you can embark on a two-hour sunset cruise along the Tejo River. Take in some incredible views of the city under the warm, golden Portuguese sun.

You'll be free to explore Lisbon both before and after this sunset cruise, so put on your most comfortable shoes and lose yourself in this beautiful city.

Suggested activities include:

  • Try a famous pastéis de nata (Portuguese custard tart) at Pastéis de Belém, one of the most well-known bakeries in the city.
  • Visit the Castle of São Jorge and immerse yourself in years of history in this 14th-century fortification.
  • Lose yourself in the narrow, cobblestoned streets of Alfama, one of the few neighborhoods to survive the 1755 earthquake that destroyed almost all of Lisbon.
  • Spend the evening listening to live fado music (like the Portuguese blues) at a fado house in the neighborhood of Bairro Alto.

Day 2: Tour of Sintra - Cabo da Roca - Cascais and Estoril

The magical Palace of Pena in the clouds of Sintra
The magical Palace of Pena in the clouds of Sintra

Enjoy your breakfast before going to Sintra, also referred to as the "Mountain of the Moon." Sintra is known for its mix of impressive palaces, castles, and estates, as well as its gardens and nature parks.

For this day tour, you have the option of either seeing the Pena Palace or the Quinta da Regaleira. The Pena Palace is one of the world's most significant examples of 19th-century romanticism and will awe you with its vibrant colors and stunning details.

Alternatively, you can choose a tour of Quinta da Regaleira. This impressive estate consists of a Romantic palace and chapel, and two Initiation Wells, which were used for Tarot initiation rites and resemble inverted towers going deep into the ground. Afterwards, stroll around Sintra's historic center to see more examples of the majestic 19th-century Romantic architecture, as well as the lush gardens and forests of the area.

On the way back to Lisbon, stop at Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of mainland Europe, where you can bask in the sea breeze and see the 18th-century cliffside lighthouse. The day will end in Cascais and Estoril, two beachside resorts that are known as some of the most cosmopolitan places in Portugal. Stroll around town as you take in the views from the Portuguese coastline.

We will take you back to your hotel in Lisbon to rest before you have the night to yourself to enjoy more local cuisine and sights of the city.

Day 3: A Trip to Medieval Times in Évora or to the Beach at Nazaré

The Roman Temple of Évora, also known as the Templo de Diana
The Roman Temple of Évora, also known as the Templo de Diana

Start your day with breakfast and a Portuguese coffee before we pick you up for a day tour of Évora, a UNESCO World Heritage site that is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe. Évora is in the Alentejo region, so take in the Portuguese countryside on the 1.5-hour drive to the city. Medieval walls partially enclose the old town center, which is made up of Moorish style narrow streets.  

The must-sees for the day are the Gothic Cathedral, the 16th-century Graça Church, and the São Francisco Church, with its truly unforgettable Chapel of Bones, which is not for the faint of heart. Following these tours, explore the city on your own and have lunch.

Alternatively, if you're interested in a day at the beach, you can choose to visit Nazaré, Óbidos and Batalha instead. These sites are a 1.5-hour drive north of Lisbon, and your morning can begin in Óbidos, a medieval village of white-washed houses and cobblestone streets. 

Move on to the Batalha Monastery, one of the most significant sites of Gothic architecture in Portugal. This building took over a century to build as construction began in 1386 and ended in 1517.

Finally, dive into Portugal's famous waters at the beach of Nazaré, one of the world's most popular surfing destinations due to its high breaking waves. Have some fresh seafood, sip on a coffee, and enjoy the views before we take you back to Lisbon, where you can rest before dinner.

Day 4: Depart from Lisbon

Unforgettable views of Lisbon
Unforgettable views of Lisbon

It's time to depart from Lisbon. Enjoy your breakfast and last moments in this unforgettable city before we take you to the airport to go on to your next destination.

Boa viagem and we hope you'll return soon!

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Map of Magic of Portugal:  Lisbon, Sintra, Évora - 4 Days
Map of Magic of Portugal: Lisbon, Sintra, Évora - 4 Days