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a VirtualTourist member from Berkeley Vale asked on Aug 21, 2016


Four days in Lisbon


My wife and have booked flights for four days in Lisbon in early November.

I was wondering what are some things to do?

We are looking at some hotels, including HF Fenix, Real Palacio or Monte Belvedere - any other suggestions?

Also thinking of hiring a car, even if for a day for a day trip to Mafra - Ericeira - Sintra - Cascais. Does that seem doable? Any better day-trip ideas?

Seems like Bairro Alto is the place to be for hotel/restaurants/bars?

10 Answers

answered on 8/21/16 by
a VT member from Leuven

HF fenix is good situated in Marques de pombal, Monte Belvedere is situated between bairro Alto and the river Tejo.
For me is the best place to stay the centrum Rossio and begin Av. da liberdade,in the valley between the two areas Bairro Alto and Mouraria.
Bairro alto is more trendy and touristic.
Cascais and Estoril is easy to visit with the train. Ericeira have spectacular beaches with high Cliffs,surf mecca.You could also visit the wide and wild beaches of south lisbon ,praia da tocha and fishermen town od Sesimbra
Mouraria is a popular local quarter worht a visit.Th e river promenade is also nice as the museum Gulbenkian with a nice parc.

answered on 8/21/16 by
a VT member from Caldonazzo

Mafra, Ericeira, Sintra and cAscais could be visited as day trips from Lisbon by public transportation.

Check some Lisbon pages here on VT for several useful info about this city. There are many; including mine!

Enjoy Lisbon!

answered on 8/21/16 by
a VT member from Lisbon

To go mafra, Sintra, ericeira and Cascais better with a rent car. By Public transportation will be dificult to go everywhere at same day.

answered on 8/21/16 by
a VT member from Caldonazzo

It would be insane to visit Sintra, Ericeira and Cascais the same day! As I wrote above, there are trains and/or coachs to these destinations.

answered on 8/21/16 by
a VT member

Sintra you do need a day to visit - not only are there the palaces but also a beautiful national park. We hired a car from Enterprise with superb service - took out all the insurances and when we were hit stationery at roundabout all Enterprise wanted to know what if we were hurt and if we needed a replacement car - no hassle in returning the car with the minor damage

answered on 8/21/16 by
a VT member from Berkeley Vale

Thanks for your advice. We probably don't have time to do two day trips, so we could possibly look at maybe a day trip with a few hours in each of Mafra, Ericeira and Sintra, but not Cascais.

Google Maps says a round trip between all of the cities is only 2.5hrs, which is how long it takes me to get to work on some days! So if we left at 7am and got back at 7pm I'm sure we could try to pack a lot in!

answered on 8/22/16 by
a VT member from Manhattan Island

If you got four days only and thinking of spending very little time right in Lisbon, car rental might make sense, otherwise I'd skip it and simply take bus or train for day trips.

Loads of hotel listing/tips here in VT.

Mafra is a good day trip option easily combined with Sintra with the bulk of the day better given over to Sintra.

answered on 8/23/16 by
a VT member from Caldonazzo

If you' ll visit Mafra on sunday you can enjoy the sound of the monastery' s s bells. It is a very nice thing. It is music!

answered on 8/24/16 by
a VT member from Albufeira

Apart from the bells, the only thing worth seeing in Mafra is the Palace. If you left Lisbon at 7am you would be sitting outside for an hour or so waiting for it to open!

answered on 8/24/16 by
a VT member from Caldonazzo

Of couse Cubsur! But listening to the bells is a nice thing to enjoy on sunday. It seems obvious to me that one who likes to visit Mafra quite surely goes there in order to visit the palace.

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