Lisbon and Surroundings

The central-western region of Portugal is dominated by the city of Lisbon, but there is more to it than just the big city. The entire region is steeped in history, and it is possible to spend considerable time visiting sites of cultural and historical interest while day tripping from Lisbon. There are also excellent beaches.
The province of Lisboa is home to more than just the capital: the beach resort town of Cascais is found there, as are the magnificent palaces around Sintra.
You’ll also find the city of Santarém, which has been inhabited since before the Romans. The province of Santarém is also home to the world famous city of Fátima, where the Fátima shrine was built in 1917 on the site where three children allegedly had visions of the Virgin Mary. Santarém also features the fortified town of Abrantes and the historical city of Tomar, which was where the Knights Templar had their Portuguese headquarters. Every year in May on the anniversary of these visions, thousands of visitors converge on the city and shrine. Other visitor sites in Santarém include the Castle of Ourém and the Roman Ruins at Vila Cardilio.
The Province of Leiria is where you’ll find the popular visitor destinations of Alcobaça and Batalha in addition to the fabulous medieval walled city of Óbidos. Caldas de Rainha is where you’ll find a hot springs which allegedly has healing powers. The city is home to several interesting museums as well as many ceramics factories and shops. The beach town of Nazaré is a popular destination.
There is good golf in the northern part of Setúbal province. Palmela is home to an interesting castle. Sesimbra is home to a castle and is a good place for sport fishing.