- Lisbon Region
Costa de Lisboa is an official geographical area created by the Tourist Authorities. It extends along the coastline, starting north of Lisbon at the beach town of Ericiera. The area extends east inland to just above the town of Vila Franca de Xira, and southwards including the town of Palmela.
Continuing south, the region includes Alcácer do Sal and Grândola before going west and joining up with the coast on the sandy beach of Porto Covo. In this area lives more than 40% of the country’s population.
Lisbon, which was made the official capital of the Kingdom of Portugal in 1256, draws you in to enjoy its eighteenth century architecture and colorful antique tiled buildings. One may visit the extraordinary Mosterio dos Jeronimos, a massive 16th century cloister and monastery in Belem, the point where Vasco de Gama set sail for India in 1497. Also discover the Castelo de Sao Jorge, the 5th century castle, later fortified by the Moors in the 9th century and conquered by the Christians in the 12th century.
Around Lisbon golf enthusiasts will also find the majority of Portugal’s golf courses ranging from 9 holes to executive.
HOW TO GET THERE
International airports are found in Lisbon, Porto, Faro, Funchal (Madeira), Ponta Delgada (São Miguel, Açores), and Lajes (Ilha Terceira, Açores).
The Portuguese national airline is TAP–Air Portugal. Flights from the UK can be found from over 20 airports including Heathrow, Gatwick, London City, Bristol, Cardiff, Birmingham, Liverpool, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
International trains run between Lisbon and Paris, Madrid and Porto-Vigo. Express trains run between Lisbon and Porto stopping in Coimbra (Alfa trains), while regional trains (Intercidades and Inter-regional) connect the different parts of Portugal.