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A route through Portugal: from Lisbon to Cabo de San Vicente

Formerly known as Lusitanai is a country that has many corners full of magic and that we are going to visit. So, We invite you to a spectacular route through Portugal. We will start the trip in the capital, in Lisbon, and from there we will travel to Cape São Vicente. Sign up!

Route through Portugal: Lisbon and its historic center

Commerce Square, Lisbon

We begin our tour of the Portuguese capital in the Baixa, in the old part of the city. It was rebuilt in the 17th century, after a great earthquake took away a good part of the city. The Marquis of Pombal was the restorer of the central area, where he opted for a classic style where geometry prevailed, with many open spaces.

It is worth seeing the Plaza del Comercio and the great triumphal arch that it has in one of its entrances. If you go through the arch, you will reach Rua Augusta, which is one of the most important commercial streets in the center. And from there you reach Rossio Square, which stands out for its great beauty.

Another square that is worth knowing is that of the Restauradores. It owes its name to the Portuguese who rebelled against Spanish domination. And in the Plaza de Figueira is where you take tram 28, which takes us to the castle of São Jorge, in the Alfama neighborhood. Nearby is the cathedral, in Romanesque style.

Lisbon’s most attractive

Jeronimos Monastery – saiko3p

Other attractions are the Santa Justa elevator, which takes you to Chiado, a bohemian neighborhood. On Rua Garret is the café A Brasileira, where many tourists stop to take pictures of the Fernando Pessoa sculpture.

From there we go to Belém, where we will see the Jerónimos Monastery and the famous tower of Belém. In this area it is advisable to visit the 25 de Abril bridge. Also the Monument to the Discoveries and the National Museum of Carriages.

Route through Portugal: the coast of Lisbon

Pena Palace – INTERPIXELS

After discovering Lisbon, let’s go to Sintra, a town that Lord Byron said was paradise. There we will find a beautiful historic center that must be explored on foot. The protagonists are its narrow streets, restaurants and shops selling typical products.

Its most famous monument is the Palacio da Pena. It is located on top of a mountain about 500 meters high, where it is possible to access by taking a long walk or by bus. Nearby is the Castelo dos Mouros, from where you can enjoy a great natural environment and beautiful views.

Y also not to be missed is the mysterious Quinta da Regaleira, with gardens that will remind you of fantastic worlds. The National Palace and the Palace of Montserrate are also of great interest.

The next stop on this route through Portugal is the town of Cascais. Walking through its narrow streets is one of its attractions. It is also worthwhile, in case the weather is good, to visit its beaches. And also Estoril, where there are beautiful coves and a famous casino that is a recommended visit.

We head south

Algarve – Oliver Clarke / Flickr.com

On the way to Cabo de San Vicente, it is worth visiting Portimao, already in the Portuguese Algarve. It is a very visited place in summer, with a lot of tourism. Despite the earthquakes that have hit the area in the past, it still has a valuable heritage, such as the Gothic-style church of Nuestra Señora de la Concepción.

We follow the coast road and we skirt the Southwest Alentejo Natural Park and the Vicentine Coast. And it is worth seeing before reaching the end of our tour the caves of Monte Francés.

Already in Sagres you have to visit the promontory, where the cliffs plummet into the ocean. In its historic cape we will enjoy a beautiful panoramic view dominated by the inlets of Sagres, the cape of San Vicente and the immensity of the Atlantic Ocean. And you have to see its castle, which was built in the fifteenth century.

From this town it is possible to take a small road that borders the Beliche cove and where it is possible to go to the most southwestern end of peninsular Europe. A) Yes we arrive at Cabo de San Vicente, from where the views of the ocean are overwhelming.

 

“The way I see it, the greatest reward and luxury of traveling is, every day, being able to experience things as if it were the first time, being in a position where almost nothing is familiar enough to take it for granted. sitting.”

-Bill Bryson-

As you see, This is a perfect route through Portugal to enjoy some of its greatest attractions. Have you already thought about doing it?

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