Studying abroad is an exciting and transformative experience, and Erasmus students in Lisbon are privileged to be surrounded by a myriad of fascinating destinations. While the Portuguese capital itself offers a wealth of cultural and historical attractions, it’s also worth venturing beyond its borders to discover the country’s diverse landscapes and enchanting towns. Erasmus Life Lisboa has curated an impressive selection of day trips, ensuring that students can make the most of their semester while creating unforgettable memories. Join us as we embark on a virtual journey through some of the most exciting day trips offered by Erasmus Life Lisboa.
Serra da Estrela Trip
Escape the hustle and bustle of city life with a trip to the breathtaking Serra da Estrela. As Portugal’s highest mountain range, it promises awe-inspiring views, pristine lakes, and exhilarating hiking trails. Marvel at the picturesque villages dotted along the way and indulge in local delicacies like Serra da Estrela cheese. Erasmus students will be captivated by the natural beauty and tranquility of this remarkable destination.
For a truly unique experience, the Berlengas archipelago is a must-visit. Located off the coast of Peniche, these captivating islands are a haven for nature lovers and adventure seekers. Embark on a boat trip to explore the stunning cliffs, hidden caves, and crystal-clear waters. Snorkeling, diving, and birdwatching opportunities abound, making it an unforgettable day of exploration.
Journey underground to discover the mesmerizing Mira D’Aire caves. A true natural wonder, these caves feature an incredible array of stalactites and stalagmites, forming awe-inspiring shapes and structures. Erasmus students will be left in awe as they venture through the underground chambers, guided by knowledgeable experts who reveal the secrets of this subterranean world.
Beach Day in Sesimbra
Portugal is renowned for its pristine beaches, and Sesimbra is no exception. Just a short trip from Lisbon, this coastal paradise offers sun-soaked sandy shores, crystal-clear waters, and a vibrant beach culture. Erasmus students can relax, soak up the sun, and take a refreshing dip in the Atlantic Ocean, all while enjoying the lively atmosphere of one of Portugal’s most charming beach towns.
Badoca Safari Trip
Experience the thrill of an African safari without leaving Portugal at Badoca Safari Park. Located in the beautiful Alentejo region, this wildlife reserve is home to a variety of exotic animals, including zebras, giraffes, and antelopes. Erasmus students can take a safari ride, observe animal feedings, and even have close encounters with some of the park’s friendly residents. It’s an adventure not to be missed.
Trip to Spain
Take advantage of Lisbon’s proximity to Spain and embark on a memorable day trip across the border. Whether it’s a visit to historical cities like Seville, Cordoba and the Rock of Gibraltar Erasmus students can immerse themselves in Spanish culture, cuisine, and architecture. This excursion offers a unique opportunity to explore two countries in a single trip.
Evora e Monserraz
Step back in time with a visit to the captivating towns of Évora and Monsaraz. Évora, a UNESCO World Heritage site, boasts well-preserved Roman ruins, an enchanting medieval center, and a beautiful cathedral. Meanwhile, Monsaraz, perched on a hilltop, offers panoramic views of the Alentejo plains and the stunning Alqueva Dam. These historical gems provide a glimpse into Portugal’s rich past and are sure to leave a lasting impression on Erasmus students.
Trip to Sintra
No list of day trips from Lisbon would be complete without mentioning the enchanting town of Sintra. Known for its fairy-tale palaces and lush gardens, Sintra is a UNESCO World Heritage site that seems straight out of a storybook. Erasmus students can explore the magnificent Pena Palace, wander through the mystical Quinta da Regaleira, and marvel at the beauty of the Monserrate Palace and Park. With its magical ambiance and architectural wonders, Sintra is a must-visit destination for anyone studying in Lisbon.
For those craving sun, sand, and sea, a day trip to the Algarve is the perfect solution. This stunning coastal region is famous for its golden beaches, dramatic cliffs, and picturesque fishing villages. Erasmus students can bask in the sunshine, take refreshing dips in the azure waters, and even try their hand at exciting water sports like surfing or kayaking. The Algarve’s natural beauty and vibrant atmosphere make it an ideal getaway from the city. Erasmus students have a trip to Lagos and Sagres as well.
Trip to Tomar
Immerse yourself in Portugal’s Templar history with a visit to the charming town of Tomar. Home to the impressive Convento de Cristo, a Templar castle and UNESCO World Heritage site, Tomar offers a fascinating glimpse into the country’s medieval past. Additionally, the nearby Fátima Sanctuary, one of the most important Catholic pilgrimage sites in the world, provides a spiritual and cultural experience that should not be missed.
Trip to Óbidos and Chocolate Fair
Indulge your senses on a day trip to Óbidos, a charming medieval town known for its perfectly preserved walls and narrow cobblestone streets. Erasmus students can explore the town’s historical center, visit the enchanting Óbidos Castle, and immerse themselves in the annual Chocolate Fair. This delightful event showcases a variety of delectable chocolate creations and is a paradise for chocolate lovers.
Trip to Porto
Venture north to the vibrant city of Porto and discover its rich history, striking architecture, and famous port wine cellars. Erasmus students can wander through the charming Ribeira district, cross the iconic Dom Luís I Bridge, and explore the Livraria Lello, one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world. Additionally, a visit to the wine cellars of Vila Nova de Gaia offers a unique opportunity to taste and learn about the region’s renowned port wine.
Trip to Coimbra
As home to one of Europe’s oldest universities, Coimbra is a city steeped in academic tradition and cultural heritage. Erasmus students can explore the beautiful campus of the University of Coimbra, visit the magnificent Coimbra Cathedral, and stroll through the charming streets of the historical center. Coimbra’s lively student atmosphere and rich cultural offerings make it a memorable day trip destination.
Trip to Fátima
For those seeking a deeply spiritual experience, a trip to Fátima is a must. This small town became world-famous after three shepherd children reported apparitions of the Virgin Mary in 1917. Today, it attracts millions of pilgrims who visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Fátima and participate in religious ceremonies. The serene and contemplative atmosphere of Fátima provides a unique opportunity for reflection and introspection.
Last but not least, a visit to the coastal town of Nazaré offers breathtaking views, a rich fishing heritage, and world-renowned surfing spots. Erasmus students can witness the giant waves that draw professional surfers from around the globe or simply enjoy the laid-back beach vibes. Explore the colorful narrow streets of the town, try local seafood delicacies, and take in the panoramic views from the Sitio, a cliff-top viewpoint. Nazaré’s unique blend of natural beauty and cultural charm makes it an ideal destination for a memorable day trip.
Erasmus Life Lisboa’s array of day trips offers an incredible opportunity for Erasmus students in Lisbon to explore the diverse and captivating destinations surrounding the city. From stunning natural landscapes and historical towns to vibrant cities and spiritual sites, these day trips provide a rich cultural and immersive experience. Whether it’s venturing to the highest peaks of Serra da Estrela, discovering the enchanting palaces of Sintra, or soaking up the sun on the golden beaches of the Algarve, each trip promises unforgettable memories and a deeper understanding of Portugal’s rich heritage. So, embrace the adventure, gather your fellow Erasmus students, and embark on these incredible day trips that will enhance your semester in Lisbon and create lifelong memories.