Parks & beaches

Located in the northwest part of the capital, Parque Florestal Monsanto stretches across several hills, covering nearly one fifth of the Lisbon area.

Nestled within the bounds of the Serra de Sintra, the Parque da Pena has many hiking trails where visitors can admire some extraordinarily rich and diversified flora.

Stretching over a vast property situated a few kilometres from Sintra, Parque de Monserrate is also worth a visit to admire its especially diverse flora.

Established in 1984, the protected area of Paisagem Protegida da Arriba Fóssil da Costa da Caparica includes the dunes of part of the Costa da Caparica, as well as the Reserva Botânico Mata dos Medos.

The Reserva Natural do Estuário do Sado, located near Setúbal, was established as a conservation area in 1980 and will appeal to fans of bird-watching.

Less than 30km from the capital and easy to reach, Cascais is besieged by day-trippers year-round, making it one of the country's busiest resorts.

Praia Grande, Praia das Maçãs and Azenhas do Mar: these three neighbouring seaside resorts are conveniently located a few kilometres from marvellous Sintra.

Like Cascais, Costa da Caparica becomes a popular tourist spot on weekends. It has beaches that stretch out over several kilometres.

Located some 7km from central Setúbal, the Praia da Figueirinha is the first beach you'll encounter while heading east along the Serra da Arrábida. Its fine sand and location off the beaten track near the Praia de Galápos make it a pleasant spot for a swim.

A beautiful scenic highway and an abrupt descent ending in a cul-de-sac lead to Praia do Portinho da Arrábida (18km from Setúbal), a beautiful beach nestled in a peaceful bay.