Colares, Portugal
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Sintra: Jeep Tour with Visit to Pena Palace

1. Sintra: Jeep Tour with Visit to Pena Palace

Imagine kings and queens in mountain-top palaces, a kaleidoscope of bright colors. Magical forests filled with fairies, hidden treasure, or even ghosts. Sintra is a region filled with real-life castles and mysterious legends. Explore this UNESCO World Heritage town known for its romantic architecture and landscaping.  Start the day with a visit to the magical Pena Palace, the red-and-yellow Disney-like castle that sits atop Sintra’s second-highest peak. Walk around the external areas of Pena Palace.  The next stop is lunch at a traditional Portuguese restaurant in a small village. Enjoy fresh fish or tasty meat on the wood-fired grill and plenty of wine. After lunch, visit the 12th-century Peninha Sanctuary, built 500m above sea level. From here take in 360-degree views of the forest, the Atlantic Ocean, Lisbon, Sintra, and Cascais, on a stunning hike through one of the most amazing and mystical forests in the world. Finish with a visit to the hilltop megalithic structure that is essentially Portugal’s Stonehenge. As you cruise around in one of the convertible jeeps go off-road to epic lookouts and secret spots other visitors can’t reach.

From Lisbon: Sintra Tour with Queluz Palace Entrance

2. From Lisbon: Sintra Tour with Queluz Palace Entrance

Explore the fantastic Palace of Queluz, built in the 18th Century, the official royal residence of King D. Pedro IV of Portugal. Visit the historic town of Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Admire the picturesque streets, the Sintra National Palace, the fountains, the churches, chapels, and shrines.  Climb to the Moorish Castle where the construction of the first sections of its wall dates from the 8th and 9th centuries. From the castle, you can enjoy a fantastic view of the whole region. Next, stop at the Pena Palace where you can admire a mix of architectural styles in the interior as well as in the exterior. Make sure to have your camera ready to capture the fantastic landscape surrounding the Palace. Discover the most westerly point of continental Europe and marvel at the fantastic view of the sea from the clifftops. Gaze at the beaches and the beautiful towns of Estoril and Cascais. Enjoy a tasting of the best regional wines at Colares in the cellars of Adega regional de Colares. On the way back, have the chance to enjoy this unique beach with its famous dunes. Finally, visit the charming town of Cascais, a former fishing village now filled with boutiques, restaurants, hotels, beaches, and more.

Sintra: Half Day Jeep Safari

3. Sintra: Half Day Jeep Safari

Begin the tour with a complimentary pick-up from your hotel on the Estoril Coast and climb into a 4x4 Jeep. Listen to a quick briefing of what to expect from your half-day tour, then set off on the adventure. Select the private option for an even more personalized experience.  First, drive to the Sintra Mountain to enjoy breathtaking views of the coastline and the Atlantic Ocean. Get to know the interior of Sintra Forest as you hike along unique trails. Then, stop at the westernmost point of continental Europe, Cabo da Roca. Make a final stop to see the emblematic Peninha Sanctuary.  Finally, enjoy some free time to explore the historical city center of Sintra at your own pace. End the journey with return transport back to your hotel.

Sintra: E-Car Self-Guided Tour & National Palace of Pena

4. Sintra: E-Car Self-Guided Tour & National Palace of Pena

All day in Sintra. First, to the top of the mountain, so you can see: Pena Palace (includes the Gardens, Chalet Condessa D'Ela and Valley of the Lakes). The fantastic Palácio da Pena is one of the best examples of 19th-century Romantic revivalism in Portugal. The interior of the palace is still decorated according to the tastes of the kings and queens who lived there. Moorish Castle, is a privileged viewpoint to admire the view extending from Sintra to the ocean. Afterwards, the visit goes down and passes in a small town call São Pedro. Here you can take the opportunity to enjoy a meal in a typical Portuguese food Restaurant. The next stage is the Romantic Gardens. This route takes you to the mystic Quinta da Regaleira (known for the Inverted Well). Quinta da Regaleira is one of the most enigmatic places in Sintra. Surrounded by lush vegetation, the Palace of Regaleira is a fascinating discovery. The Palace was built in a romantic revivalist style, recovering Gothic, Manueline and Renaissance architectural and decorative forms, mixed with mythical and esoteric symbology. The last monument in this route is Palace and Park of Monserrate. The palace was designed by architects Thomas James Knowles (father and son) and built in 1858. The construction of the gardens was able to exploit the micro-climatic particularities of the Serra, thus obtaining a magnificent park in which more than 3,000 exotic species can still be observed. You can end your visit here, or head to the Coast, where you will find three wonderful beaches: Praia Grande, Praia das Maçãs and Azenhas do Mar. You'll find small enclosed places and wide sands and hidden beaches. It's worth taking a look at some of them even outside the summer period, to see the incredible landscapes of the Atlantic coast. The coast has the particularity of the Mountain joining the Sea. Sintra's beaches can be truly amazing!

From Lisbon: Sintra, Cascais, and Colares Gastronomy Tour

5. From Lisbon: Sintra, Cascais, and Colares Gastronomy Tour

Discover architectural and culinary marvels on this guided tour from Lisbon. Escape the big city bustle for Sintra, Colares, and Cascais. After visiting palaces and charming villages, taste the highlights of southern Portuguese cuisine. Finish the day on a sweeping bay before the drive back to Lisbon. Start the tour at Praça dos Restauradores in Lisbon. Settle into the private van and relax on the way to the outskirts of the city. Once in the town of Sintra, follow your guide up to the Pena Palace. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the palace took inspiration from Islamic and Romantic architectural styles. From Sintra, head towards the foothills and the Atlantic coast. Stop off in Colares. On a cliff overlooking the ocean, the village is a popular destination. It’s well-known for its wine and cuisine. Meet up with a guide who’ll show you some of the local eateries. Find a new favorite dish.  Finish the day with a trip to Cascais. Listen to stories about the town while following your guide. Learn about the former citadel that stands by the town’s marina. Stroll on the beaches along the bay and soak up the last rays of the sun before heading back to Lisbon.

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What people are saying about Colares, Portugal

Excellent tour and a good way to experience two Sintra palaces in detail, as well as see several others from afar. Pedro was an outstanding guide and provided insightful commentary throughout the day. This tour, unlike most, requires one to get to Sintra on their own. While it is easy to do see via train from Lisbon and takes less than 40 minutes, it is crowded and not at all scenic. Lunch at a local restaurant was good. It was an additional 20E for everything included and a good value.

the guide was very friendly and professional. the arrangements of the trip was quite good. we went to the different places with sufficient time to enjoy. i recommended this company to explore Sintra. one thing that you will have to be careful: if you're the only one to book one trip, it might be cancelled or merged into another trip.

Fantastic time rich with history. Great way to Sintra quickly but effectively! Our guide - who was fantastic - gave us the option to spend the last part of the day going to Pena Palace or seeing some incredible sights. We chose the latter and were not disappointed!

Diogo was an incredible guide, and the tour was fantastic. Both palaces we visited were gorgeous, and the lunch provided was delicious and came with so much food. I could not recommend this tour enough!

Excellent and so much fun! We loved this tour and the tour guid Francisco was friendly and very knowledgeable. We will book again for sure! Thanks Francisco!