A great local excursion is to head South to the beaches along the Costa da Caparica. We did this by bike and it is probably the best way to get there. We picked up our bikes and headed West along the waterfront towards the 25 de Abril Bridge, and continued past it to the Estação Fluvial de Belém or Belem River Station where we caught a boat ride across to Trafaria where we continued on to the beaches. It was perhaps a 30 minute ride, not too far. We cruised past the town of Costa da Caparica and then cut into the beach at one of the many access points (see map at bottom) and parking lots at Morena beach. Here you can stop at one of the cafes (lock up your bike) and enjoy a drink, sit on the beach and watch the surf, or go for a swim.