This coastal strip in the center of the territory, to the north and south of the Tagus Estuary, is the westernmost region of mainland Portugal.
It includes Lisbon, the country's capital, where we find a rich array of monuments reflecting a long history of occupation with roman, medieval and moorish landmarks, amongst others. As a city of global influence, Lisbon has a long cosmopolitan tradition. Since its mythical foundation by Ulisses, the city has been open to the world. It became the world's first global city during the Age of Discoveries, between the 15th and 16th centuries. With a huge historical and cultural diversity, Lisbon is one of the major tourist attractions in Portugal.
Near Lisbon, 25km to the West, is the charming town of Sintra, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage site as a cultural landscape. Sintra's forests hide castles, palaces and grand mansions. Sintra's stunning landscapes range from the country to the sea, including the wonderful beaches and cliffs in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park.
The Arrábida Natural Park in Setúbal - which includes the mountains and the small port of Arrábida - is also a symbol of the splendour of nature in this region that is really worth visiting. Also noteworthy, between Setúbal and Sesimbra, are the limestone cliffs and the woods that trace back to the typical forest of the region over two million years ago.
Lisboa, Setúbal, Sintra e Cascais.
The best beaches are in Ericeira, Cascais, Sintra, Costa da Caparica, Sesimbra and Setúbal.
Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, Baixa Pombalina, Castelo de São Jorge, Torre de Belém, Sé de Lisboa, Panteão Nacional, Palácio Nacional da Ajuda, Basílica da Estrela, Elevador de Santa Justa e Miradouro, Estação do Rossio, Palácio Nacional de Queluz, Palácio Nacional de Sintra, Palácio e Quinta da Regaleira, Parque e Palácio da Pena, Palácio e Parque de Monserrate, Palácio Nacional de Mafra, Castelo de Sesimbra, castelo dos Mouros, Convento dos Capuchos, Castelo de Palmela, Castelo de Torres Vedras, Linhas de Torres...
Soups: Fish soup, Seafood soup
Fish and Seafood: Grilled Sardines, sardine bouillabaisses, clams Bulhão Pato style, fried cod, red mullet from Setúbal, fried cuttlefish, percebes (rock barnacle), whelks
Meat: Steaks, rabbit dishes, fava beans dishes, Portuguese bouillabaisses, suckling pig from Negrais
Fruit and Sweet: Pastéis de Belém (custard tarts), bean cakes, queijadas (cheese tarts) and travesseiros (egg and almond pastries) in Sintra, sponge-cake, walnuts in Cascais, fofos (cream-filled sponge cakes) in Belas, tortas from Azeitão (egg cream-filled rolls)
Other: Azeitão cheese