For those who want to enjoy Portugal yet shudder at the thought of the Algarve beach crowds, a villa at Charneca da Caparica will suit perfectly. Touring the area around Lisbon discover many hidden gems without the throng of other tourists.
This lovely area, known as the Costa de Lisboa enjoys a pleasant climate and has plenty to see and do, from visiting historic palaces to quaint towns. Shopping, boat trips, sunbathing and golf can all be packed into a holiday here, along with delicious local cuisine.
There are plenty of boat trips offered along the Tage River. Take a ‘cacilheiro’, which is a local ferry boat and enjoy the refreshing breeze as you pass beneath the 25 April bridge and ‘Cristo Rei’.
Golf is popular in this area which has many championship golf courses offering beautiful views from the fairways. Horse riding, surfing, wind-surfing, scuba diving and dolphin spotting can all be enjoyed close to your Charneca da Caparica villa.
Deservedly on the UNESCO World Heritage List, the lovely hilltop town of Sintra, with its magnificent Town Hall and pan-tiled cottages was favoured by Portuguese monarchy. It has an awesome 15th century royal palace called the Palacio Nacional de Sintra, as well as the 19th century Pena Palace and the older Castelo dos Mouros which gives breathtaking views over the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park.
No visit to Charneca da Caparica is complete without a day spent in Lisbon and it is just 19 km from your self catering villa hideaway. Situated on the River Tagus, this Portuguese capital city has an imposing castle, elegant medieval squares and architecture which is decorated with mosaics and ornate carved stonework.
Enjoy the pavement cafés and historic narrow streets which are bustling with trams amidst the fado houses. The seven hills of Lisbon give excellent viewpoints over the city. The Jeronimos Monastery and Belem Tower are two of the most well-known landmarks to look out for. The Oceanarium is also an excellent attraction to visit whilst visiting Lisbon.
Estoril is renowned for its motor racing and its casino. The beautiful Town Hall is famous for its tiles and a visit to the Parish Assuncao church is a must to see the painted ceiling, precious artwork and gilded altar.
The weather in Charneca da Caparica is perfect for sunshine holidays throughout the year. The hottest, driest months are from May to the end of September, when average temperatures reach 29C (84F). Winter months enjoy temperatures ranging from 8-15C (47-59F) and the area has about 3 inches of rain each month.
The nearest airport to your Charneca da Caparica villa is Lisbon International airport. It is frequently served by cut-price airlines from all over Europe, as well as international flights from all over the world. Lisbon airport is about 25km from your villa, which takes about 30 minutes to drive.