The Lisbon region spreads from the Tagus estuary to the Alentejo coastline, from the sophisticated great metropolis to colourful fishing villages.
The surrounding area of Lisbon and the Setúbal Peninsula offers countless opportunities for relaxation, sport and leisure. Choose from swimming and surfing along the Costa da Caparica, visiting vineyards for wine tastings, city shopping/sight seeing in the scenic Alfama or viewing the classic and modern art at the Gulbenkian, Cultural Centre de Belem and other museums. The site of Expo hosts many concerts and the Oceanarium (the largest aquarium in Europe), including penguins, sharks, sea otter, rays and exotic fish and seahorses, is always open. A popular trip is a ferry ride across the Tagus to the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, not forgetting to return via the famous pastry shop. Lisbon is a vibrant, thriving city featuring the Castelo de St Jorge, the Oceanarium, Gulbenkian centre, an artesan market, shopping and new restaurants opening every month.
- Very close to the Quinta (5-10 minutes by car or shuttle) are magnificent sandy beaches which stretch south for 36 kilometres from Caparica to Cabo Espichel.
- The area is a haven for golf enthusiasts: it boasts two acclaimed championship golf courses at Aroeira, just 10 minutes away from the Quinta.
- The historic city of Sintra - two fantastically bizarre Moorish-style palaces, decorated with exotic furnishings, with fabulous views on clear days.
- A day trip to historic Troja peninsula with its roman ruins