Lisbon tours and excursions
Lisbon begs to be explored on foot and walking is the best way to explore Chiado, Bairro Alto, Mouraria and Alfama. Turismo de Lisboa have self-guided tours, while Lisbon Walker can bring the city to life with tours that cover the Old Town, Lisbon's spy history and some of the capital's mysteries. All tours start from the tourist information office in Praça do Comércio.Tel: +351 218 861 840.
Carristur operates a city tour in a restored tram. The trolley takes one-and-a-half hours to travel through the historical sights of Lisbon, departing from the Praça do Comércio. However, a cheaper and perhaps more authentic option is just to take the city's rumbling old public trams yourself.Tel: +351 218 503 225.
Situated in the mountains west of Lisbon, Sintra is a UNESCO World Heritage site dominated by the Palácio Nacional de Sintra, a 15th-century royal summer palace that houses the world's most important collection of azulejos (glazed tiles). On the town's outskirts sits Palácio Nacional da Pena, a remarkable fairy-tale castle. Built in 1839, it mixes Bavarian, Moorish, gothic and Manueline styles.Tel: +351 219 231 157.
Estoril and Cascais
The resort of Estoril, located approximately 30km (19 miles) west of Lisbon, has long attracted the wealthy. A little further west, humble Cascais is more a working fishing town than as a hideaway for the rich. Both have fab beaches and plenty of watersports facilities. Cascais is renowned for its seafood restaurants, while Estoril has one of Europe's largest casinos. Trains to both destinations depart from Cais do Sodré station.Tel: +351 912 034 214.
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