(recommended for July 27th)
To Belém it is possible to leave by train or bus, mainly from the station and surroundings of Cais do Sodré and it takes around 10 minutes. But the bike ride from Cais do Sodré to Belém along the river line is also an incredible ride of about 20 minutes (Use the LIME app!). There are no climbs or slopes on this route, which makes the pedaling very pleasant and peaceful (but it is good to have a hat to protect you from the sun).
When opting for the train, you can get there by metro, with Cais do Sodré being the last station on the green line.
When changing from the metro to the train, buy your ticket at the ticket offices on the Cascais line to Belém station. The ticket price (one way) is €2.00.
Another alternative, if you are coming from Moscavide, is to take the red line metro (€1.50) towards São Sebastião, get off the metro at the last station and take bus 727 (€2.00). €) that goes to Restelo. On the way we get off at the stop that says Altinha (near the MAAT / Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, a place to visit that is just before the center of Belém. Open from Wednesday to Monday, from 10:00 to 19:00. General price €9.00), or directly in the center of Belém, at the station that gives its name to one of the most renowned monasteries in Portugal, the Jerónimos Monastery (open every day, from 10:00 to 18:30. To get into the Church of the Monastery is free, and the internal Monastery our has a general price of 10:00€).
When leaving the Monastery, there is a lot to see around it, from the Museu da Marinha (open every day from 10:00 to 17:00. Prices vary from €3.25 to €6.50), behind the museum we have the Planetarium (open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:30 to 17:00, prices vary from €3.50 to €6.00). On the other hand, but in front of the Monastery and Museum, if we walk towards the river, we find the CCB/ Centro Cultural de Belém (open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 11:00 to 20:00), and right next to the bank from the Tejo river, the renovated Padrão dos "Descobrimentos" (open every day from 10:00 am to 19:00. Prices range from €3.00 to €6.00). Walking along the coast to the west, we will pass the Museum of Popular Art (open from Wednesday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 18:00, at the end of week with lunch time, from 13:00 to 14:00. General price €5.00), and walking a little further along the river in the same direction, we will see in the background, but now much closer, one of the most emblematic monuments at various levels in the history of Portugal, the Torre de Belém (open every day from 10:00 am to 18:30. General price €6.00).
Looking at the gastronomy, it would be a crime to go to Belém and not taste the famous and prestigious Pastéis de Belém. It is located on Rua de Belém, close to the Jerónimos Monastery, and is open every day from 8:00 to 21:00. €1.20 per unit. Enjoy it.
Costa da Caparica
(recommended for July 28th)
A trip to the beach before the weekend, when it can be very crowded.
A crossing that involves more transport changes, but turns out to be more challenging for adventurers. Therefore, we should take the metro on the red line - Moscavide, towards São Sebastião. The price per trip is €1.50 with a rechargeable card, if you do not have a card the price will be €2.00.
Get off at Alameda and at the same station change to the green line towards Cais do Sodré, leaving the same station at the last metro stop. I remind you that when changing lines there is no charge, unless you actually leave the metro. At Cais do Sodré, exit the metro and take the boat to Cacilhas. The price for a single trip is €1.30 (one way), if you don't have a card it will still be €1.80. When arriving in Cacilhas, take the TST bus (Transportes Sul do Tejo) line 124 or 135, with the final stop at Costa da Caparica. The ticket price varies, but is around €3.00 (one way).
Another alternative is to take the red line metro - Moscavide, towards São Sebastião, get off at São Sebastião station and change to the blue line towards Reboleira, having as final destination the Praça de Espanha station. There, exit the metro, take the TST bus, line 161, as the final destination Costa da Caparica.
Arriving at the Coast, I recommend the beaches, so many and of so many varieties, from Praia da Rainha to Praia da Morena, from São João to da Sereia, or from Riviera to 19, there are several and of very good quality, it is a matter of taste and of choice. If you just want to walk with a view of the beach, there is the so-called Passeio dos Alegres, a wall that encompasses a large part of Costa da Caparica. All beaches are connected to each other by the Transpraia train, a railway line that runs through Caparica and connects all beaches to Fonte da Telha. Open every day from 09:00 to 19:00. Round trip price, €8.50.
If you want to eat something while strolling by the sea, there are several options along the coast. Restaurants are synonymous with beaches here, so the range is extensive. As a curiosity, there is the restaurant "O Barbas" (open from Thursday to Tuesday, from 12:00 to 24:00), as well-known as it is recommended by travelers. We also have "Bambu Bar", "Fisherman's Retreat" or "Borda d'água", among others. Enjoy your food!
(recommended for July 29th)
We have two hypotheses for more practical paths. Go from Moscavide to Oriente by metro (red line) towards São Sebastião (the price per trip is 1.50 with a card, if you do not have a card the price will be 2.00), get off the metro and take the train at the Oriente station the train to Sintra. You can also take this route from Moscavide to Oriente on foot, it takes about 12 minutes. When on the train, get off at the last stop, Sintra. the price of the train trip will be around €3.00, if you do not have a rechargeable card, there will be an increase of €0.50.
Another option in Moscavide is to take the metro to Alameda (red line) towards São Sebastião, change at Alameda to the green line towards Cais do Sodré, and get off at Rossio station. Once there, get off the metro and take the train to Sintra. Get off at the last stop, Sintra. The cost of the trip from Rossio will be a little lower than the train crossing from Oriente to Sintra, but the difference is not noticeable.
In order to make the most of your time in Sintra, the ideal is to take one of the 2 buses (Scoturb) next to the train station (everyday from 09:15 to 19:50), both make crossings that run through emblematic places that are worth the sorry to be seen. The price of a ticket is €3.90, while the Hop-on Hop-off ticket costs €6.90, covers the entire route and has more than one ticket. Anyway, decisions will have to be made, time is short for the amount of things that can be visited.
By taking bus 434 (Pena circuit), we can visit Pena Palace/Parque (open every day from 9:00 to 18:00. General price €14.00 if you go inside, but you can only walk in the gardens and walk outside the palace, what is already beautiful and free); Castelo dos Mouros (open every day , from 9:00 to 18:00, General price €8.00); Chalet and Jardim da Condessa d'Edla (open every day from 9:00 to 18:00, admission included in the tickets to the Park and Palace da Pena); Vila Sassetti (open every day from 10:00 to 18:00); and Sintra National Palace (open every day from 9:30 to 18:00. General price €10.00). These last 2 can also be visited by bus 435 (Vila Express 4 Palácios).
If, on the other hand, you chose to take bus 435 (Vila Express 4 Palácios), we can visit Parque/Palacio de Monserrate (open every day from 9:00 to 18:00. General price €8.00); Palácio de Seteais (currently owned by the hotel company Tivoli Hotels & Resorts, but still a cultural heritage. Open every day); and Quinta da Regaleira (open every day, from 10:00 am to 17:30. Adult price: 10.00 €). Quinta da Regaleira can be an entire day tour with beautiful gardens and caves inside.
A little south of the Sintra National Palace, on Padarias Street, we can find something to delight ourselves, nothing less than typical and iconic sweets of the area, such as queijadas and the famous Sintra pillows. All this at the Casa da Piriquita pastry shop, open every day from 9:00 to 19:30. So, if you want to just walk around Sintra, you can do the Sintra, National Palace, The Historical Center with the Padarias Street, and the Quinta da Regaleira (20 minutes walking from the Historical Center).
Baixa of Lisbon
(recommended for July 30th)
The simplest way to get to downtown Lisbon is by subway. Take the metro red line - Moscavide, towards São Sebastião. Exit at Alameda and at the same station change to the green line towards Cais do Sodré. Exit later at Rossio or Baixa-Chiado station. The price per trip is €1.50 with a rechargeable card, if you do not have a card the price will be €2.00. When changing lines, there is no charge, unless you actually leave the metro.
Upon exiting at Rossio station, we will immediately come across Praça D. Pedro IV. There is a lot to see around this same square, from Praça da Figueira which is just behind, the famous Ginjinha (open every day from 9:00 am to 22:00), an iconic establishment to warm your throat and give you a special taste of the Ginja (cherry liqueur in a chocolat cup), the Church of São Domingos (open every day, from 7:30 to 19:00); for a more intimate moment, or to the north, the Teatro Nacional D. Maria II. Going up to the north, we have in front of the theater the Rossio train station, and continuing along this street we have Praça dos Restauradores, which overlooks one of the most important and beautiful streets of the capital, Avenida da Liberdade. If you choose to go up Avenida da Liberdade, you will find the statue of Marquês de Pombal, the man responsible for the architectural renovation of the city of Lisbon after the 1755 earthquake and Parque Eduardo VII, where you can stroll and visit the Carlos Lopes Pavilion, the middle of the park on the right, and Estufa Fria on the left. You can cross the large Avenida da Liberdade by LIME electric scooter or bike.
Returning to the subway exit, Rossio, if we instead head south towards the river, we have the famous and busy Rua Augusta. Before continuing on, on a parallel street, next to Rua da Aurea, we have the Santa Justa Elevator (open every day from 7:30 to 23:00, the price for the viewpoint is €1.50, for a better experience will cost €5.30) which has a great view over the city and the Castle of São Jorge.
Continuing down Rua Augusta (without a detour), we will find the Arco da Rua Augusta (open every day from 9:00 to 19:00, general price is €3.00) which will provide a very pleasant view of the downtown overlooking, to the south, the Tejo River, as well as the entire Praça do Comércio, also known as Terreiro do Paço. If there is time and turning to the right, we can stroll along the Tejo River, one of the largest in Portugal, and we will surely pass by the much-loved Ribeira das Nau until we reach Cais do Sodré, where we can visit and have a gastronomic experience of chef, at Mercado da Ribeira. This path can also be taken by LIME electric scooters or bikes.
Saturdays are the days of the famous street flea and antique market "Feira da Ladra", which takes place from 9:00 until 16:00, with Campo de Santa Clara as its landmark.