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Sintra: Hidden Gems Guided Walking Tour with Pastry

1. Sintra: Hidden Gems Guided Walking Tour with Pastry

Uncover the mysteries of Sintra and discover hidden gems on this guided walking tour of Sintra. Listen to local curiosities, legends, and secret stories from your guide.  Meet your friendly and passionate local guide outside Sintra train station. You will start your tour admiring the fantastic city hall building. Walking along the promenade towards the center of the village, admire the statues displayed along the way. After a brief stop at the Moorish fountain, head into the historical center. Now it's time to have a tasting of the typical pastry from Sintra, the famous Travesseiro. Enjoy the impressive views of Moorish castle from the National Palace. Next, head towards the Palace of Seteais, passing by the church of San Martinho, the oldest hotel on the Iberian Peninsula, and a small romantic waterfall. From the Palace de Setais, you can enjoy a fabulous view of the Pena Palace and the Atlantic Ocean. End the tour by visiting the impressive Quinta da Regaleira and explore its lush gardens, lakes, grottoes, and enigmatic constructions, including the world-famous Initiation Well.

Lisbon: Full-Day Sintra, Cabo da Roca and Cascais Tour

2. Lisbon: Full-Day Sintra, Cabo da Roca and Cascais Tour

Start with a pickup from your hotel at around 9:00 AM and take the route to Queluz Palace. As a palace of the 18th-century, it was built as a summer retreat for Dom Pedro of Braganza, who would later be her husband and King Consort of his niece, Queen Maria I Portugal. Stop to take pictures. Continue with the tour through the historic center of Sintra, where you can see the wonderful old streets and take pictures at the National Palace of Sintra and make a short walking tour. Continue with your tour to Regaleira, a romantic place for excellence. It is the result of the achievement of the myth magical dreams of its owner, António Augusto Carvalho Monteiro (1848-1920). Stop for photos and visit its interior. Then, explore Pena Palace, the most extravagant Portuguese palace built on a rock with an altitude of 500 meters dominating the entire coast of Lisbon. The Arabic architecture and Manueline style present in this palace, give life to the pure Portuguese romanticism. Mandatory visit to Chalet of Edla Condess, and pass through Moors Castle, Seteais Palace and Mosserrate Palace. Next, go to Roca Cape, “where the land ends and the sea begins.” Dominating the tumultuous waters 140 meters high which beat noisily against the rocks. It offers superb views of the Atlantic Ocean at its most wild but before, you will make a stop at Adraga Beach for lunch. Nearby Cascais, you will find Hell’s Mouth. This gap in the rock is a giant canyon carved by the sea with the beating of the waves. A worthy spectacle to enjoy the sound of the waves reminding the devil’s voice growling and spitting squirts of water. Finally, the tour goes through Cascais fishing village since the 12th-century and so remained until today, a privileged place for the exiled European nobility during the two world wars, still keeping its glamour and architectural richness of other times. Return to Lisbon by following all along the coast through Estoril and Carcavelos admiring the immense beaches the coast offers. Expect to return back to Lisbon at 5:00 PM.

Sintra: Jeep Tour of Regaleira, Cabo da Roca, and Cascais

3. Sintra: Jeep Tour of Regaleira, Cabo da Roca, and Cascais

Climb aboard a vintage Portuguese 4x4 Jeep and get ready for an unforgettable adventure that will tackle the best of the Sintra region. Discover some of the secrets and mysteries of Sintra, see the most beautiful monuments of the region and escape all common tourist traps by going off-road on a fun and cultural experience. You will start your day being picked up at the meeting point and travel directly to Quinta da Regaleira, a palace filled with mystery, metaphors, and underground tunnels. Enjoy an informative, guided visit here. After the visit, you will have an overview of all 5 palaces and the 8th-Century Moorish Castle as you drive. You'll also pass by the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park.  On the way to Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point in mainland Europe, take hidden paths through the park and break at impressive scenic viewpoints to see the beauty of the Portuguese coastline.  At Guincho Beach you'll have the chance to taste the typical, local century-old recipe "Travesseiro" pastry and homemade "Ginja" drink. You will finish your tour around 4.30 PM at the beautiful beach town of Cascais.

From Lisbon: Sintra, Cabo da Roca & Cascais Ful-Day Tour

4. From Lisbon: Sintra, Cabo da Roca & Cascais Ful-Day Tour

This tour will take you to Sintra, a world heritage site, where medieval streets, castles, palaces, and chalets of diverse architectures coexist, inserted in a natural park that shows plants from diverse parts of the world, forming a vast and magical green forest.  On arrival at Sintra, beside the Centro Historico (Historical Centre), there are nearby a lot of interesting points to visit, such as, Sintra National Palace, the Pena Palace, Seteais Palace, Monserrate Palace, Parque Natural de Sintra and Quinta da Regaleira. Onwards, travel towards the Atlantic Ocean, to discover Cape Roca, the westernmost point of Europe. Travel along the sea and admire Guincho Beach enormous sand bed, which hosts many international surfing events due to gigantic waves. Pass through Cascais, and Estoril, both famous for their cosmopolitan environment, and finally visit Estoril’s worldly renowned Casino and beautiful gardens. Return to Lisbon driving along the Estoril Coast admiring the breath-taking sight of white sanded beaches along the way.

Sintra: Tuk-Tuk Ride to Pena Palace & Park with Tickets

5. Sintra: Tuk-Tuk Ride to Pena Palace & Park with Tickets

Sintra is the major tourist destination in lisbon famed for its picturesqueness, the municipality has several historic palaces, castles, scenic beaches, parks and gardens. And traveling by foot to reach at the top point Pena Park&Palace is quite impossible more or less 1hr14 min by foot and going up is more difficult than coming down TUK TUK ride till entrance of The Pena Park&Palace will be the easiest options , its not only ride it will pass by most amazing views and other monuments and our guiding drivers will highlights it by saying the stories and your trip doesn't end here use the entrance tickets and go inside and enjoy the amazing Park & Palace of Pena at your own pace As coming down is easier so its not included but its also amazing while we will walk till Station Sintra

Lisbon: Full-Day Sintra Tour with Pena Palace

6. Lisbon: Full-Day Sintra Tour with Pena Palace

Experience the best of Sintra with a guided tour of Pena Palace, Cabo da Roca, Hell's Mouth, and Cascais village. Visit Colares, renowned for its winemaking, and soak up the views of the Portuguese coast. Explore the majestic and romantic Pena Palace, an astonishing fairytale castle, located on one of the highest peaks of the lush Sintra Mountain Range. At the end of the morning, stroll the streets of Sintra Village, which enchanted Kings and inspired poets. Enjoy local handicraft shops and tea-rooms to taste delectable sweets like "queijadas" and “travesseiros.” Then you'll travel to Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point in continental Europe. Relish scenic coastal views of Guincho Beach, a windsurfer's paradise, and Boca do Inferno, a famous seaside chasm with crashing waves, until we reach Cascais, a former fishing village which is now one of the richest municipalities in Portugal.

From Lisbon: Pena Palace Visit & Sintra Guided Day Trip

7. From Lisbon: Pena Palace Visit & Sintra Guided Day Trip

Meeting point in front of Fenix Hotel, next to Marquis of Pombal (Marquês de Pombal) at 8:20 (Please be there at least 10 minutes before to avoid delays). First visit Pena National Palace on the top of Sintra's Mountain, one of the most impressive expressions of 19th-century Romanticism in architecture in the world and one of Portugal’s seven wonders, and the amazing gardens full of rare fauna and unique trees from the four corners of the world. You will find a Palace not just with a single style but a mix of Romantic, Renaissance, Manueline and Moorish styles. A variety of trails that lead you right to the top where you can enjoy the stunning panoramic views of the peaceful forests and gardens covered by exotic plants and flowers, the western coastline and the city of Lisbon below.The Pena Palace was designated a National Monument in 1910 and its part of the Cultural Landscape of Sintra, which has been classified by UNESCO as World Heritage since 1995. Estimated Time - 2 hrs Then admire Sintra Village Historical Center where you’ll have free time to explore the town, to see Sintra National Palace from the outside, the charming traditional shops, restaurants and historic cafes but above all the landscape that has inspired so many artists, writers and kings. Don't forget to taste the traditional "Travesseiros de Sintra" and "Queijadas de Sintra", two of the most delicious local pastries.Take a walk along the medieval streets of Sintra one of the most known and romantic Portuguese villages. Due to its palaces, woods and the fogy mountains, Sintra has become a magical place. Estimated Time - 1h30 After lunch, a drive through one of the most beautiful roads of Sintra straight to Roca Cape, the westernmost point of Continental Europe, where you'll be amazed by the breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean crashing against the high rocky cliffs, an absolute paradise for photography lovers. Estimated Time - 20m On the way to Cascais you will pass by a beautiful beach, part of the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, Guincho Beach is popular for its strong winds and high swells that are the delight of a great following among bodyboarders and surfers. Part of the Guincho beach great beauty is its natural white sand dunes that contrasts with the Serra de Sintra hills. Last but not least Cascais, known as the French Riviera, this elegant seaside resort town is now the favorite destination of the national and international jet set. Stroll along the charming city center and enjoy the lovely Cascais bay. Estimated time - 1h After your free exploration time in Cascais, relax back on board an air-conditioned minivan, and admire more breathtaking views along the coast on the way back to Lisbon.

From Lisbon: Full-Day Tour of Sintra and Cascais with Locals

8. From Lisbon: Full-Day Tour of Sintra and Cascais with Locals

Travel to the wonderfully preserved city of Sintra on this day trip from Lisbon. Have some free time to explore the Old Town and go to the whimsical Pena Palace. Head to the coast to viewpoint at Cabo da Roca and the seaside resort town of Cascais. Be picked up from your accommodation in Lisbon. Sit back and relax on the scenic drive through the countryside to Sintra. Take some time to explore the vibrantly colored hilltop castle of Pena Palace or wander through the cafes, boutiques, historic estates and villas in the Old Town.  Continue to Cabo da Roca where you can stand at the westernmost point of continental Europe. Snap some breathtaking shots of the impressive views of the ocean crashing against the high rocky cliffs. Finally, arrive in Cascais, an elegant seaside resort town on the Portuguese Riviera. Stroll through the lovely city center and check out Cascais’ luxury marina, its charming fishing port, and a restored fort that houses many local craftsmen.

Lisbon: Full-Day Sintra and Cascais Tour

9. Lisbon: Full-Day Sintra and Cascais Tour

You will start your day at the front door of your hotel, where you will be greeted by your guide before traveling to Sintra in a comfortable 9-seater van. You will then have the opportunity to visit the mysterious and romantic town of Sintra, classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Once there, you can choose to visit one of the following monuments: - the Pena Palace (the best example of the Romanticism style in Portugal) - the Sintra National Palace (a Medieval royal residence) - the Monserrate's Park and Palace (an eclectic place where you can explore romantic gardens with exotic species) - the Capuchos Convent (known for its extreme bareness of its architectural and decorative elements) - the Moors Castle (a fortress located on the top of a hill) - the Regaleira Estate (one of the most magical views one can find in Sintra) In any case, you will be accompanied by your guide, who will provide you with full explanations about the sites. You will then have time to explore the center of the town and have lunch. You can ask your guide for recommendations of restaurants, before taking some time to stroll around the narrow streets of Sintra. Following lunch, it will be time to go to Roca Cape, the westernmost point of Continental Europe. Later, you will head to Cascais, a lovely town by the sea with an old fishing tradition. Here you will have time to see the town center, as well as the entire bay area. Before returning to Lisbon, you can take the chance to drive by Estoril, which used to be a place of refuge during World War II. To conclude your tour, you will go back to Lisbon by the "marginal", a road which connects Cascais to Lisbon and runs along the coast.

Sintra and Cascais Full Day Tour from Lisbon

10. Sintra and Cascais Full Day Tour from Lisbon

Drive along the coastal avenue connecting the Estoril bay to Cascais. Stop in Cascais, a fishing village that historically became the refuge of aristocrats and artists. Head along the coast and take in the views of wild beaches and cliffs until you arrive at the westernmost point of Europe, Cabo da Roca. Here the landscape becomes a blend of sea and mountain views.  Travel through the mountain until you reach the historical center of Sintra, part of Unesco’s Cultural Heritage. Discover how this town was one of the first centers of European Romantic architecture, where the royal family lived and English aristocrats sought shelter during the French Invasions.  Learn about the unique heritage of the town which was built in harmony with the natural landscape. Stop at the enigmatic, mystical Quinta da Regaleira, the unusual Pena Palace and the magnificent Mozarabic National Palace with 1000 years of history.  Sample regional food at Refúgio da Roca.

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Our guide was Nune. He was a very nice gentleman and very patient with explaining everything. We had some last minute schedule difficulties and they were flexible enough to make sure everything works out for everyone.

Nice relaxing guide. Perfect English language took into account the wishes of us came to nice places. Took us to a nice picturesque restaurant. Suggested himself to pick us up earlier to avoid the crowds in Sintra.

Such an authentic experience. Mario is so knowledgeable and made sure we had such a good time. Highly recommend. Definitely the highlight of my time in Lisbon/Sintra.

Very nice experience. Emerson is the best guide ever, very kind and welcoming

Agnes and Paolo were excellent tour guides. Had a fabulous trip to Sintra.