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Lisbon Cascais, Belém

Is it wise to plan a day trip to Cascais and then to Belem on the same day?

Is it wise to plan a day trip to Cascais and then to Belem from Lisbon on the same day? We wanted to go for sunbathing and seafood at Cascais and then to explore Belem when on the way back to Lisbon. :)


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Mary from Leicester
It makes sense to combine the two places on one daytrip but imo it isn't 'wise' to visit Cascais and then go to Belém. I think you should visit the other way round.
Most people visit Belem to see its wonderful monastery church and cloisters, and I assume that's what you want to do? Many people would consider it disrespectful to visit a religious site when you're perhapsw wearing beach clothes and possibly sweaty, sandy and greasy from suncream.
Of course, if you just want to go to Belem to eat pasteis de nata and walk the promenade to see the Discoveries Monument it doesn't matter when you visit.
So if you want to visit the Jerónimos Monastery (and imo you really shouldn't miss it, even if you only visit the church) you should go to Belem first. You can either get the train from Cais do Sodre station or take tram 15 from Praça da Figueira or Cais do Sodre station. Imo it's best to get it from Praça da Figueira because the tram queues at Cais do Sodre can be, and often are, very long indeed.
When you've visited Belem you can simply get the train onward to Cascais and then, when you've had enough of sun, sand and sea, you can catch the train back to Cais do Sodre.
Train times, details and fares in English on the official Portuguese railway site:
https://www.cp.pt/passageiros/en
Tram, bus and elevadore timetables and info in English on the official Carris website: http://www.carris.pt/en/home/

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