Cabo da Roca and the west side of Sintra

The magic Mountain of the Moon watches the sunset form on its west side. It sees the sun, not only failing asleep, but also sinking into the ocean. It is on this side – on the beautiful and exclusive Guincho beaches and the Cabo da Roca cliffs – that Sintra kisses the Atlantic.

Discover the beaches of the Sintra coast, with their fine golden sands bathed by the waves of the Atlantic Ocean. You will certainly appreciate the trip to Praia de São Julião, Praia das Maçãs and Praia Grande.

No visit to the Sintra coast would be complete without a trip to Cabo da Roca, Europe’s westernmost point, “where the land ends and the sea begins” as Luis de Camões has put it in his epic poem “Os Lusíadas” . The Cabo da Roca lighthouse has been operating since 1742. The surrounding landscape is breathtakingly beautiful.

With a strong maritime influence, the wets side of Sintra is full of deep leafy valleys and proud hills, namely Peninha that, from its 486 metres peak, dominates nearly everything around it. In Peninha you will find the Peninha Chapel, founded by Frei Pedro da Conceição at the end of the 17th Century. This chapel is situated at one of the most attractive points of the Sintra Mountain, by the ruins of an older one – the Chapel of São Saturnino.

Vacations in Lisbon Region offers a completely variety of choices. Culture, Nature and fantastic sandy beaches. Choose an apartment in Lisbon for your vacations and discover the capital city, the sea and the mountains around. Don’t forget to check the special offers! There’s always promotions and last minute accommodations in Lisbon.

Romantic holidays or city break in the Lisbon Region

Are you planning a romantic escape in Europe to surprise your loved one? Lisbon region is the perfect destination for an holiday or aweekend break full of romance.

Lisbon, the city of seven hills, full of narrow streets and alleys, closed to the Tagus river, is a city made for romance. Tram 28 will take you through Lisbon historical neighbourhoods like AlfamaMouraria. Nearby you have Church of Santo António who gained fame as the matchmaking saint, protector of young brides, and patron of the lost and found. Mass marriages known as “St. Anthony’s Weddings” are held here during the mid-June St. Anthony’s Day celebrations.

Outside Lisbon you can enjoy the magic of Sintra. Take a ride in a horse and carriage through the historic centre of Sintra. Take a walk through the gardens of Quinta da Regaleira, discovering some of the mysterious symbols of the decorative and leisure structures that can be found everywhere throughout the park. You won’t have truly seen Sintra unless you pay a visit to Portugal’s most romantic palace, the Palácio da Pena. These fantastic palace stands on the top of a hill above the town of Sintra, and on a clear day it can be easily seen from Lisbon and much of its metropolitan area.

Drive to the other side of the Tagus River and take a romantic walk in the Natural park of Serra da Arrábida discovering the mountains and the fantastic beaches around. Admire the wonderful setting of the Convento da Arrábida, visit Palmela and its castle and the fantastic town of Azeitão.

Enjoy your holidays in Lisbon with this routes that were specially made for romance. If you are looking for an accommodation for your romantic holidays or city break in LisbonTravelling to Lisbon offers a wide range of apartments in Lisbon historical neighbourhoods and Parque das Nações. Don’t forget to check the special offers! There’s always promotions and last minute accommodations in Lisbon.

Cristo Rei – overlooking the city of Lisbon

Cristo Rei, Lisboa
The giant statue of Cristo Rei (Christ the King), a slightly smaller replica of the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, was erected in 1959 in thanks to God for sparing Portugal during the Second World War. It is considered a national monument.

The Cristo Rei monument was built on the left-bank of the Tagus River, facing Lisbon on the other bank. Its located in the city of AlmadaLisbon Region.

From the pedestal supporting the 28m statue (access by lift, then 74 steps), which is 85m from the ground and 113m above the Tagus River, the panoramic view is magnificent, encompassing the estuary, the 25 de Abril Bridge and the city of Lisbon , with its typical neighbourhoods and historical monuments, such as the Belem Tower, the Valley of Alcântara, the St. George’s Castle, the Vasco da Gama Bridge, etc.

From the terrace you can see the Arrabida Mountains and the Palmela Castle and, in a clear day you can still see the Sintra Mountains and the zone of the Sanctuary os Cabo Espichel, Sesimbra.

From Lisbon, the Cristo Rei is accessible by car through 25 de Abril Bridge, by train from the Pragal Station and by Cacilheiro, the famous boat that connects Cais do Sodré to Cacilhas.