Day 1. First impressions of Lisbon

We had been staying overnight at Canada Water in London's docklands and needed to be up at 3.00 am to catch a night bus to Liverpool Streer for the Terravision express coach out to Stansted Airport.  Our Ryanair flight to Lisbon was one of the first flights to depart, and after boarding, we were soon …

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Day 2. A visit to Sintra

  Breakfast at the Hotel Jorge V was relaxed, with the usual assortment of hot and cold dishes on offer.  Our plan for today was to visit the UNESCO World Heritage town of Sintra a short 30 minute rail journey from here.   Sintra's old town was a 20 minute walk from the station, the walk …

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Day 3. Cascais and Estoril

The train to Cascais leaves from Lisbon's other station, 'Cais da Sotre'.  The line runs along the coast so be sure to sit on the left to take in the sea views on the 35 minute journey.  We loved Cascais, it's a compact town with a pretty working harbour, fishermen were landing their catch, and …

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Day 4. Belem and Estrella

After breakfast we checked out of our room and left our luggage to collect later in the day.  Then it was off to explore the district of Belem, catching a tram from the Praco de Commercial. Belem is dominated by its long suspension bridge 'April 25th' spanning the river Tejo and by its ornate tower, …

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