Day Trips from Costa da Caparica
Costa da Caparica is popular beach resort that is situated 10km south of Lisbon on the Setubal Peninsular. The coastline offers a stunning 30km long beach and is exceptionally good value as the resort is focus for Portuguese tourists. Costa da Caparica is ideally located for a number of enjoyable day trips and this guide will detail the most popular excursions while base in or near the Costa da Caparica.
Day trip to Lisbon
Lisbon is a vibrant city and is only 30 minutes away by bus, meaning it can be easily explored while on holiday in Costa da Caparica. Most single day trips to Lisbon visit the Alfama and Baixa districts. Alfama is an ancient district of narrow streets that climb from the river up to the castle. In the area can be found the impressive Se cathedral, the historic castle and quaint number 28 tram.
Rossio square in central Lisbon
The Baixa district was rebuilt after the devastating 1755 earthquake and boast fine 18th century architecture and mighty plazas. There are numerous sights in Lisbon and the suggested length to explore the city is three days - for a 3 day guide to Lisbon please click here.
Visit the Christo Rei Statue
The Christo Rei statue is a statue of Christ that stands on the southern banks of the Tejo River. From the viewpoint at the base of the statue there are wonderful views across Lisbon and the Ponte de Abril suspension bridge. It is only a short bus journey from Costa da Caparica to the Christo Rei statue and is a recommended half day activity.
The Chrito Rei Statue overlooking the Tejo River
Day trip to Sesimbra
Sesimbra is a pretty resort town located on the southern side of the Setubal Peninsular that is popular with Portuguese tourists. For a guide to Sesimbra please click here. Sesimbra lies on the edge of the Parque Natural da Arrabida and this national park offers hiking trails through the pine covered hills. The coastline around Sesimbra is formed of small sandy coves and crystal clear waters, while the town has a calm and personal atmosphere.
Day trip to Setubal
Setubal is a busy commercial fishing port that is positioned on the edge of the Sado River Estuary. For a guide to Setubal please click here. The estuary is famed for its pod of dolphins but it is rare to spot them, even on the specialist boat tours. The beautiful Troia Peninsula is only a short ferry ride from the harbour of Setubal and this stunning sand island is one of the most exclusive regions of western Portugal.
The colourful fishing fleet of Setubal
The Castelo de Palmela
Palmela castle stands atop the highest hill of the region and provides stunning views over the surrounding region. The castle has been converted into an expensive hotel which has allowed the preservation of this magnificent building. The little village of Palmela below the castle is a pleasant and traditional destination which makes for a good half a day excursion.