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Sintra - Cascais: 6-Hour Electric Bike Tour from Lisbon

1. Sintra - Cascais: 6-Hour Electric Bike Tour from Lisbon

Embark on a 6-hour electric bike tour with 4 different modes of assistance, making climbing the Sintra mountain a lot easier, even for those used to a sedentary lifestyle. The tour begins with a briefing on how the bikes work, at Martim Moniz Square in central Lisbon. You’ll then head to Rossio station to catch the train for Sintra. During the train trip you’ll have time to let your guide know if you’d like to visit some of the palaces along the way or if you just want to cycle. When you arrive in Sintra, you can visit the National Palace if you like. Most of your cycling tour takes place within the natural park of Sintra-Cascais. You’ll have the option of visiting Quinta da Regaleira, built between 1904 and 1910, and a place renowned for its symbolism, magic, and mystery. Shortly after you’ll pass by Seteais, a former 18th-century palace that is now a 5-star hotel.   Continue your trip along roads flanked by majestic groves until you reach the entrance of Monserrate Park and Palace, one of the most beautiful creations in the Portuguese Romanticism style. Arrive at Colares, a place that’s well known for its vineyards. Continue on to Penedo village, where you’ll enjoy breathtaking views from the atrium of the church, before cycling on to Urgueira village. Take a break for lunch in Azóia village, where you’ll find a great variety of restaurants. With renewed energy, continue your tour through an ancient forest and make your way up to the Peninha Sanctuary, located at 488 meters above sea level. From here, you’ll have a panoramic view of the Espichel Cape and Arrábida, to the south, Carvoeiro Cape and Berlengas, to the north, and the entire Sintra mountain to the north-east. Returning to the centre of Sintra, you’ll cycle downhill and have one last look at Pena Palace, an important monument of the Portuguese Romanticism movement. You’ll be traveling with an informative and helpful guide, as passionate about beloved Sintra as about cycling.  Alternatively, go down to Guincho wild beach – with its never-ending dunes and typical winds that are so treasured by windsurf lovers – until you reach the bicycle path to Cascais. Return to Lisbon through the beautiful town of Cascais by train where you will have one of the most amazing views over the Portuguese coast.

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Cascais: 2- or 4-hour Sailing Tour

2. Cascais: 2- or 4-hour Sailing Tour

Start your cruise from Cascais, where you can adapt your route according to your preferences. Enjoy the beautiful coastline aboard a new sailboat.  Sail to Cabo the Roca, the most western point of Europe, or relax along the beautiful white sandy beaches of Cascais, Estoril, Parede, Carcavelos, and Oeiras. Drop anchor, enjoy the sun and swim in the clear blue seas. Another suggestion is to sail along Cascais Coast up to Lisbon and visit one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. From the sailing boat, you will have the opportunity to see Lisbon´s most famous monuments and views.

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Cascais: 2-Hour Sunset Cruise

3. Cascais: 2-Hour Sunset Cruise

Start your 2-hour sunset cruise from Cascais, where you can adapt your route with the crew according to your preferences. Sail towards Cabo the Roca, the most western point of Europe, or relax along the beautiful white sandy beaches of Cascais, Estoril, Parede, Carcavelos, and Oeiras. Sit back, relax and let yourself truly unwind as the sun slowly sets on the horizon. As you sail, discover the stunning shores and ancient fortifications along the coast and sip on tasty drinks onboard. Admire the spectacular sights of Cascais from its picturesque waterfront and finish your cruise refreshed and invigorated.

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Best of Sintra and Cascais Full-Day Tour from Lisbon

4. Best of Sintra and Cascais Full-Day Tour from Lisbon

Escape the hustle and bustle of Lisbon on a full-day tour of Sintra and Cascais, 2 small villages within easy access of the city center, and located in an area of protected natural beauty. Following a pick-up from your hotel, drive to Sintra Hills, home to fairytale palaces and castles. Look inside Pena Palace, considered one of the most beautiful castles in Europe. Enjoy a pleasant walk in the grounds, and admire views of Lisbon on the horizon from its balconies. Next, explore the picture-postcard village of Sintra, stopping to taste the local pastries and shop for souvenirs. Continue to Cabo da Roca to stand at the westernmost point of mainland Europe. Drive down narrow roads far from the tourist crowds. Travel along the coast road, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Tagus River. En route, stop at the fishing village of Cascais, transformed into a home for kings-in-exile and a site of espionage during World War II. Return to Lisbon along the magnificent Avenida Marginal, enjoying views of the Estoril Coast along the way.

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Oeiras Coast: Stand Up Paddleboarding near Lisbon

5. Oeiras Coast: Stand Up Paddleboarding near Lisbon

Experience the latest craze in water sports activities and discover what it feels like to stand on water! Take advantage of the Mediterranean climate of the Estoril Coast and get a full workout during an amazing standup paddleboarding session in Oeiras. Bring the family or your friends for a day of fun on the water. Oeiras Marina is the perfect location to learn the basics of standup paddleboarding or develop your endurance for longer paddles with the help of experienced guides. Master fundamental skills such as how to balance on your board, paddle across the sea and steer in the water. Learn how to respond when you fall, and the best recovery techniques!

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Sintra World Heritage and Cascais Village Tour

6. Sintra World Heritage and Cascais Village Tour

Visit Sintra and Cascais in a single day. Enjoy a great combination of the best natural sights and historical places with a knowledgeable and experienced local guide.   Discover one of the most remarkable historical cities of Portugual: Sintra Village, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll also see the romanticist Pena National Palace, standing at the top of a peak in the Sintra mountains.   Then, travel through a densely forested mountain and its medieval villages to reach the immense Portuguese coastline. Here, you’ll find astonishing landscapes, dramatic cliffs by the ocean and long beaches with beautiful sand dunes. You’ll feel the breeze on the coastline of the westernmost extent of mainland Portugal, continental Europe and the Eurasian land mass. Here, you’ll visit the ancient fishing village of Cascais and its picturesque architecture and narrow streets. Enjoy this tour’s unique opportunity to expand your knowledge with this unique day trip experience!

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Lisbon: Full-Day Sailing Tour to Cascais Bay

7. Lisbon: Full-Day Sailing Tour to Cascais Bay

Experience an enjoyable full-day in the sun of the Portuguese Riviera on board a luxury yacht on an 8-hour cruise from Lisbon. Depart from the Doca do Bom Sucesso in the historic Belém district, and cruise along the coast to see the sights of Lisbon from a unique vantage point. Head west to the elegant resort town of Cascais and Cascais Bay. Anchor for about 2-4 hours of swimming and sunbathing time. As you sail along the Estoril Coast, get an appreciation of the maritime and fishing traditions of the area, along with its strategic importance in the defense of Portugal against attack in less peaceful times. Your experienced skipper will share their knowledge of sailing the Atlantic and Tagus River, and provide stories of Lisbon and its surrounding coast. The stylish boats are between 7 and 18 meters long, and feature on board toilet facilities, a kitchenette, and a CD/MP3/radio audio system to keep you entertained. Sail back to Lisbon at the end of the day, and get the chance to team up with the crew and get a bit of sailing experience!

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Sintra and the Amazing Dream Villages Tour

8. Sintra and the Amazing Dream Villages Tour

In a quiet environment a few minutes from the capital, explore a great selection of the best villages near Sintra. The fact that these villages continue to have unusual life habits, they recreate the way of life of Portugal's ancestors, preserved through smells, colors, and traditions. Visit the charming Azenhas do Mar, a village that has become one of the most famous Portuguese tourist spots. Discover the village of Penedo, perched high on a hillside still home to traditional houses. Walk along its steep and winding streets and alleys. It is a treasure of the traditional architecture of the saloia region. Visit secret villages where you will feel like you are in an open-air museum, where the way of life of Portugal's ancestors is preserved. Travel back in time in the village of José Franco. Get to know a local man's dream that recreated a village of ethnographic character, a testimony to the way of life of the ancient local people.

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What people are saying about Cascais

I'm happy that I took this tour, which was well organized in time and route. It was as a friends get away, so relaxing and enjoyable, directions clear and for someone who is not into joining tours, made me change my opinion. It was a small group of 6 people, we all got along so easily. Recommended!

Enough time to see and explore the sites on your own. Our guide, Gil, was knowledgeable and could answer all questions. He engages everyone in the group and makes you feel comfortable. Would definitely recommend this activity!

Solo traveller on a limited time. I don't drive, so this tour was the perfect way to see things outside Lisbon, as a taster for longer trips.

Sintra was amazing and the tour guide was very helpful and tailored our experience with input

Experience sailing on the Atlantic Ocean, a happy experience