When my sister and I began planning our trip to Lisbon we knew we wanted to take a day trip to Sintra. We’re big fans of the “easy button” so we chose to take the Sintra and Cascais Day Trip from Lisbon. All we had to do was get to the conveniently located meeting place and our guide would take care of the rest of our day. So much easier than train timetables, taxis, waiting in line and hoping for audio guides!
Long before we left for Portugal, my sister was looking for day trips we could do from our base in Lisbon. When she saw the private day trip to Berlenga Grande Island, the largest of the Berlengas Archipelago, we put our plans in motion.
Tomás Eisele Meneses is a Viator private guide who conducts tours in English, German, Spanish and Portuguese. He has a degree in tourism information which included studies in the arts, culture, history, gastronomy and wines of Portugal, and he also loves surfing. Tomás grew up in Porto but now calls Lisbon home, and is enthusiastic about exposing visitors to Portuguese hospitality by taking them on tours in and around the city. He gave us some insights into the things he loves best about Lisbon.
Lisbon enjoys a spectacular location sprawled across seven hills overlooking the Tagus, which is the longest river on the Iberian Peninsula, flowing 626 miles (1,007 km) from the Sierra de Albarracín in eastern Spain before meeting the Atlantic in Lisbon. Cruising the Tagus River gives a glimpse into the past and future of the city.
Forming part of the Madeira Archipelago, the Desertas Islands can be – depending on the weather – spotted from the harbor in Funchal. A haven for seabirds and seals, exploring the Desertas Islands from Funchal should be on the bucket list for all nature lovers visiting Madeira.