Courtesy of the American Spouses of Brunssum Travel Information Guide
Basics – Transportation and Lodging
We went to
We spent 2 days seeing the sights in
We brought the Eyewitness Travel Guides for
In Alfama area
- Se (the city’s cathedral)
- Museu de Artes Decorativas — Open every day from 1000-1700 except for 25 Dec, 1 Jan, and 1 May.
- View of
from the observation terrace at Castelo de Sao Jorge (open 0900-2100 Mar-Oct and 0900-1800 Nov – Feb) Lisbon
In the Baxia section – the busiest part of the city
- Walk around the squares of Rossio and Praca dos Restauradores
- Look for the Elevador de Santa Justa built by an apprentice of Eiffel
In Barrio Alto and Estrela — we got off the train at the
- Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga. They have 14th-19th century European paintings, decorative arts and furniture; and a floor specifically for Portuguese art and sculpture.
- Another beautiful church is Sao Roque — open 1000-1700 Tues – Sun
- Monument to the Discoveries, a 170 ft. high monument built to mark the 500th
’s suspension bridge inspired by the Lisbon . Open 1000-1800 Tues – Sun Golden Gate Bridge
- Torre de Belem, a fortress built in 1515-21. Open 1000-1700 Oct-April and 1000-1830
- Mosteiro dos Jeronimos (a monastery).
- Estoril is nice, but I think we would have preferred to stay in Cascais. They have more restaurants and shopping.
- Cascais was an easy walk or short train ride from Estoril. The beach has a nice walkway connecting both places.
- Cabo da Roca, a lighthouse at the western most point of the European mainland.
- Sintra — We enjoyed lunch at one of the many restaurants then visited Palacio Nacional de Sintra, the Royal Palace/retreat for the Portuguese royalty until the 1880s. Palacio de Pena is a palace built in the 10th century on the highest peaks of the Serra de Sintra.
The buses have all day passes that allow you to get on and off as much as you like for a set price. Just make sure you buy them before you get on the bus as the drivers don’t sell them. Also look for the free books that have all the bus schedules. We don’t recommend driving in
Bus transport: http://www.scotturb.com/
Town of Estoril: http://www.portugalvirtual.pt/_tourism/costadelisboa/estoril/index.html
Great comprehensive site: http://www.golisbon.com/