Lisbon Coast North - surf and seafood
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The Lisbon coast (also known as Estremadura) is partly made up of two distinct ranges of hills that surround the capital. To the northwest the green hills of Sintra (see Cascais & Sintra) to the southeast the alluvial plains of Arrábida and the Setúbal peninsula, with its verdant Mediterranean flora.
The region boasts some of the finest buildings and monuments in the whole of Portugal, and many are within a relatively short distance of each other, which makes it an ideal base for hiring a car and visiting such glorious sites as Batalha, Alcobaça, Mafra and Óbidos within a short space of time.
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Lisbon Coast - what to do
The region also has a number of interesting museums to visit.
On top of the world class Museum of Ancient Art in the Santos district
of Lisbon and the Gulbenkian Museum and cultural complex in the centre
of town, there are countless other quirky museums to visit.
The Museu José Malhoa in Caldas da Rainha was once described as a “biblical Madame Tussaud’s in pottery” .The Ceramic museum, and the Atelier Museu António Duarte have some beautiful pieces of art. The museum of Óbidos contains agonizing paintings of churches destroyed by the 1755 earthquake.
Of course, a wide variety of water sports are also catered for on the coast, whilst the area has excellent facilities and climate for other outdoor sports such as golf and tennis, trekking, hand gliding, etc. And we haven’t even started on Lisbon, Portugal’s largest and most cosmopolitan city.
Lisbon Coast - gastronomy & wine
Gastronomy Fish specialties include sardines, the caldeirada à
fragateira (fish stew), and several cod dishes, including the highly
recommended Bacalhau à Brás (cod dish). Don’t forget the wide selection
of seafood available. As for meats, try the "cozido à portuguesa" (a
typical Portuguese stew), chicken on the spit, and fowl marinated in
wine sauce. Desserts include a delicious egg pudding from the monks of
Alcobaça and Frei João sweets made with summer fruits and Moscatel
The most productive region in Portugal, produces whites and reds in equal quantity. Though generally not as good a quality as some of the other regions (most notably Douro and Alentejo), the area has some interesting wines. Some of the best known are produced in Setúbal area around the Serra da Arrábida.