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Day 3 – 5 Day Lisbon Tour
The third day of the 5 day Lisbon tour is spent at the ultra-modern side of Lisbon and then includes other sights around the city. The Park of Nations (Parque das Naçoes) was the venue for Expo 98 and has since then been transformed into a trendy and fashionable side of Lisbon
The ultra-modern Parque das Nações in Lisbon
The park has many outstanding attractions including the Lisbon Oceanarium, which is regarded as the best aquarium in Europe having 4 huge tanks that represent the four oceanic aquatic zones.
The cable car in the Parque das Nações
Running the length of the park is a cable car with views over the 15km long Vasco da Gama Bridge and Lisbon’s highest building of the same name. The park contain numerous water related features and is a great location for families while the long strip of restaurant, bars, clubs and casino will entertain older visitors!
A notable attraction to be visited after the park is the North African inspired Lisbon bull ring, the Campo Pequeno. Those visitors still with energy should take a stroll down the fashionable shopping street of Avenida da Liberdade.
The Campo Pequeno in Lisbon
The evening of the third day of the 5 day tour of Lisbon should be spent in the Park of Nations. The long strip of bars has many varied places to socialise, drink or have fun: think Karaoke, salsa dancing or relaxing with a beer. It is always busiest at the weekend but each club has its own specialist night during the week.
Day 4 – 5 Day Lisbon Tour
The fourth day is the first excursion from Lisbon and a visit to the pretty town of Sintra is suggested. Sintra is nestled within the hills of the Serra de Sintra and was a popular retreat of the Portuguese nobility. Contained within the town there are three palaces, a romantic ruin and an assortment of other 19th century stately houses.
The Pena Palace in Sintra
The stand out attraction is the flamboyant Pena Palace with its multi-coloured exterior and strange decorative features. The interior has been preserved as it was left in 1914, when the Portuguese court fled the country during the revolution. In the heart of Sintra is the gothic National Palace, while on the highest hill is the ruins of the Moorish castle.
The Moors castle high above Sintra
Sintra is connected to Lisbon by an inexpensive and regular train service which makes it an ideal and easy day trip from Lisbon. For a guide to a Sintra day trip is documented here.
Day 5 of Lisbon Tour
For the final day of the 5 day tour there is a choice: it can be spent on one of the excellent beaches that are close to Lisbon or exploring the historic fishing town of Cascais. Cascais was a historically a fishing harbour that found favour with the Portuguese nobility in the 19th century. Today the town contains this tradition by being charming and historic but it’s still the favourite residence of Lisbon’s rich and famous. Contained in Cascais there are many good free museums and stately houses that revolve around the pretty town centre and fishing harbour, please click here for a guide to Cascais.
The charming resort town of Cascais, only a short train ride from Lisbon
It surprises many visitors who learn that there are such good beaches so close to Lisbon. For a guide to Lisbon’s beaches please click here. The coastline between Lisbon and Cascais is served by an inexpensive railway and there are numerous good beaches ideal for visitors who wish for some sun before returning home. This concludes our 5 day tour of Lisbon.