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National Palace of Queluz

National Palace of Queluz: Our most recommended tours and activities

Private Sintra Tour with Cellar Visit & Wine Tasting

1. Private Sintra Tour with Cellar Visit & Wine Tasting

The first stop on your 8-hour tour is the fantastic Palace of Queluz, built in the 18th century as the official royal residence of King Pedro IV of Portugal. Visit the beautiful historic town of Sintra, a UNESCO world heritage site, and discover its picturesque streets, Sintra National Palace, the fountains, the churches, chapels and shrines. Head up to the Moorish castle, where the early construction dates back to the 8th and 9th centuries. From the castle, you’ll have fantastic view of the whole region. The next stop is the Pena Palace, where you’ll see a mix of architectural styles. The palace is one of the best examples of Romanticism of the 19th century. You’ll visit the most westerly point in continental Europe next. From the clifftops you’ll enjoy panoramic views of the beaches and the sea. From the coastal road, you’ll also be able to see the towns of Estoril and Cascais. Stop in Colares at the cellars of Adega Regional de Colares, a wine producer that has been in operation for 2 centuries and one of the most prestigious. Learn about the history of the winery, visit the cellar and taste its unique wines. Next you’ll make a stop to enjoy the town’s unique beach with its famous dunes. This spot has become a sanctuary for surfing, windsurfing and kite surfing. You’ll also visit the charming town of Cascais, a former fishing village that became a royal getaway. Today it is still one of the most attractive destinations for the Portuguese and upscale international travelers due to all that it has to offer, from boutiques and restaurants, to hotels, beaches and more.

From Lisboa: Mafra, Ericeira & Queluz Full-Day Tour

2. From Lisboa: Mafra, Ericeira & Queluz Full-Day Tour

This tour will take you to Mafra, where a world heritage famous convent-palace takes place. The National Palace of Mafra, a complex consisting of a Royal Palace, a Basilica and a Convent, was completed in 1735, by the will of King D. João V by virtue of a promise he had made on behalf of the descendants he would obtain from the queen. It was the residence of the royal family for a few years, until the king's death, but never ceased to be one of the court's favorite places. Mafra's greatest treasure is the library. Here are kept books that are unique and rare examples of knowledge produced between the 15th and 19th centuries. After visiting the palace, head to the coast and arrive at Ericeira, a pretty fishing village. Its connection to the sea is undeniable, which you can enjoy exploring its narrow streets located in the Historic Center that take us back to other times. The cliffs along the shores of Ericeira beach also give it a unique beauty, as do the fishermen's boats that bring the best and freshest fish to land that can be tasted in many of the village's restaurants. Onwards, you will travel towards the interior, to discover Queluz National Palace, not infrequently called the Portuguese Versailles. It is an 18th century palace and was built as a summer retreat. Among the various rooms and other divisions of the palace such as the throne room, music room, ambassador's room, D. Quixote's room, among others, it is here where you will find the most interesting and important historical gardens in Portugal, present the most significant set of statues by the British sculptor John Cheere, outside English territory, which gives it great importance in the international art scene.

From Lisbon: Sintra and Cascais Private Guided Tour

3. From Lisbon: Sintra and Cascais Private Guided Tour

The experience begins with pickup from your hotel in Lisbon and heads directly to Queluz National Palace. Admire this impressive 18th century palace and learn about its rich history and former residents. Arrive in Sintra and soak up the authentic atmosphere of this charming village. Visit some of Sintra’s iconic sights, including the stunning Pena Palace and the fascinating Quinta da Regaleira. There’s also time to stop at a local cafe to sample some travesseiros de Sintra (traditional cake.) Continue the tour to Cascais, and wander around this picturesque coastal resort. Marvel at the view from Cabo da Roca, the western-most point in Europe, then feel the fresh air and sea breeze on your skin with a stroll along Guincho Beach. Before the end of the tour, gaze at the rocky formations of Boca do Inferno, then sit back and relax on the return journey to Lisbon.

Queluz National Palace & Gardens Skip-the-Line Ticket

4. Queluz National Palace & Gardens Skip-the-Line Ticket

Take a short trip from Lisbon to discover the National Palace of Queluz and its historical gardens. Escape the hustle of the city, just 12 km from Lisbon, and relax in this picturesque setting. Benefit from a skip-the-line ticket, heading straight in on arrival. Explore the Palácio de Queluz which was once a hunting lodge, converted in the late 1700s to a royal summer residence.  See the evolution of the Court’s tastes through 18th and 19th centuries, seeing evidence of Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassicism. Wander through the surrounding  queen-of-hearts formal gardens, with oak-lined avenues, fountains and an azulejo-lined canal where the royals went boating. Discover the complicated family history with a scheming Spanish daughter-in-law and eccentric British visitors. Imagine the splendour of the royals in this palace as you walk through the gilded, mirror-lined Throne Room and Pedro IV’s bedroom where he slept under a circular ceiling, surrounded by Don Quixote murals. Enjoy a break and a delicious meal in the palace’s vast kitchens, that is now house a palatial restaurant, the elegant Cozinha Velha, where you can feast on original palace recipes such as the steamed Dover sole. 

From Lisbon: 8-Hour Sintra Tour

5. From Lisbon: 8-Hour Sintra Tour

The first stop is at the National Palace of Queluz. Initially a rest stop for the nobility, it later became the official residence of Prince John VI. Its beautiful gardens and rococo architecture dazzle visitors with its sumptuousness. Continue on to the center of Sintra, where you can visit the castle or the National Palace. Walk through the colorful streets of the village, contrasting with the bright green of the mountain.  The morning will not end before a stop at the Quinta de Monserrate and Quinta da Regaleira, a fruit mansion imagined by a man in love with the arts.  If you choose the lunch option, you can taste one of the best Portuguese dishes. If not, there is plenty of places for you to eat nearby.  The afternoon begins with a visit to the most famous and magical palace on this tour, the Pena Palace. Built 500 meters above sea level, it is considered one of the most beautiful palaces in Europe and in the world.  Its colorful architectural extravagance with its neo-Moorish elements gives off an exotic character that is accentuated by the lush vegetation of Pena Park. The return to Lisbon passes through the picturesque village of Cascais, where you have free time to sit by the sea, sip a beer with a seafood dish or eat one of the best ice creams in the world. Back on the road, pass the Estoril coast with its vast and beautiful beaches. In Lisbon, you are returned to your hotel, with the certainty of having spent a memorable day in dreamy locations.

Private Sintra Tour with Wine Tasting & Moorish Castle

6. Private Sintra Tour with Wine Tasting & Moorish Castle

The first stop is the fantastic Palace of Queluz, built in the 18th Century, which was the official royal residence of the king D. Pedro IV of Portugal.  Visit the beautiful and historic town of Sintra, a UNESCO world heritage site. Discover the picturesque streets, Sintra National Palace, the fountains, the churches, chapels and shrines. Climb to the Moorish Castle (Ticket Included) where the construction of the first sections of its wall dates from the 8th and 9th century. From the castle, you can enjoy a fantastic view of the whole region. It can’t be missed! The next stop is Quinta da Regaleira, one of the most amazing monuments of Sintra. This place is one of the most startling, magical, and mysterious in the area. Explore its tunnels, mazes, and its riddles and symbols that are reminders of the mythology of Olympus, Virgil, Dante, Camões, and of the Knights Templar of the Order of Christ. Next, stop in Colares in the cellars of Adega regional de Colares to have a tasting of the best regional wines. Discover the most western point of continental Europe. From the cliff tops, enjoy the fantastic view of the beaches and the sea. From the road near the coast, you can gaze at the beaches and the beautiful towns of Estoril and Cascais. On the way back, have the chance to enjoy this unique beach with its famous dunes. A real sanctuary for surf, windsurf, and kitesurf.  And of course you can’t leave without visiting the charming town of Cascais. This former fishing village used to be a royal getaway. Nowadays it still is one of the most attractive destinations for the Portuguese and foreign elite thanks to all that it has to offer: boutiques, restaurants, hotels, beaches, and much more.

Sintra: Full-Day Tour from Lisbon with Wine Tasting

7. Sintra: Full-Day Tour from Lisbon with Wine Tasting

After a pick-up at your hotel in Lisbon the first stop on your full-day tour will be the fantastic Palace of Queluz, built in the 18th century as the official royal residence of King Dom Pedro IV of Portugal. Visit the lovely and historic town of Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire the picturesque streets, Sintra National Palace, and the fountains, churches, chapels, and shrines. Climb to the Moorish Castle, where the walls date to the 8th and 9th centuries. From the castle, you’ll have fantastic views of the whole region. The next stop is the Pena Palace, where you’ll see a mix of architectural styles in the interior as well as the exterior. The Palace is one of the best examples of Romanticism dating from the 19th century. Next you’ll visit the most westerly point in continental Europe, where from the cliff tops you’ll enjoy fantastic views of the beaches and the sea. From the road near the coast, you’ll be able to see the picturesque towns of Estoril and Cascais. Stop in Colares to taste some of the best regional wines as well as other regional specialties. On the return trip, you’ll have a chance to enjoy this unique beach with its famous dunes. The site is a real sanctuary for surfing, windsurfing, and kite surfing. And of course you can’t leave the area without visiting the charming town of Cascais. This former fishing village became a royal getaway, and today still is one of the most attractive destinations for the Portuguese and foreign elite thanks to its boutiques, restaurants, hotels, beaches, and much more.

From Lisbon: Sintra Tour with Queluz Palace Entrance

8. 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.

Lisbon: Queluz, Mafra, Azenhas do Mar & Cabo da Roca Tour

9. Lisbon: Queluz, Mafra, Azenhas do Mar & Cabo da Roca Tour

Discover the area northwest of Lisbon and see the highlights off the beaten tourist path. Visit the Palace of Queluz, whose gardens and ground are an exceptionally-beautiful example of 18th-century Portuguese architecture. The palace was built for Peter III of Portugal, prince consort of Queen Maria I (1734-1816), as a royal residence. Many rooms are in a Rococo style, like the ornate throne room with mirrored walls and beautiful gilded woodwork. Admire the gardens with lovely fountains and ornamental ponds and a collection of sculptures around the Neptune Garden and pond. Then visit the Palace of Mafra. The largest castle and cloister complex in Portugal with over 4,700 windows and doors, the Palace of Mafra is approximately 50 kilometers north of Lisbon in Mafra. See the impressive 220-meter-long façade. The palace is approximately 38,000 m², with 1,200 rooms and 156 staircases. Learn all about the church with its 2 fascinating glockenspiels with 48 bells from Antwerp. Continue along the foot of the Sintra Mountains to Azenhas do Mar. Discover an incredible town right on the cliffs, a true postcard picture and destination for artists. See Cabo da Roca, the western-most point of continental Europe, to the west of Lisbon and 140 meters above sea level. The Portuguese national poet Luis de Camões described the place with the following words: "Here, where the land ends and the sea begins..." Then head over the shifting sand dunes of Guincho along the Sintra-Cascais Nature Park back to Lisbon.

Half-Day Sintra Tour from Lisbon with Transfers

10. Half-Day Sintra Tour from Lisbon with Transfers

Spend half a day visiting Sintra, the capital of 19th-century Romanticism and one of the most picturesque destinations in Portugal. Grand architecture, ancient palaces, gardens, and centenary trees await you on this guided tour from Lisbon. You have a choice of landmarks and attractions that can be worked into a 4-hour program: Keep in mind that these are the possible places to visit, it does not mean that you will visit all the places in the 4-hour tour. Pena Palace – one of the major expressions of 19th-century Romanticism in the world. The Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the 7 Wonders of Portugal. Sintra village – well known for its many 19th-century architectural treasures. The village has been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Castle of the Moors – taken by Christian forces from the Moors after the fall of Lisbon. The medieval castle was an important strategic point during the Reconquista, and classified as a National Monument, part of the Sintra Cultural Landscape, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Guincho Beach – known for its favorable surfing conditions. This is a popular beach for surfing, windsurfing, and kitesurfing. Queluz Palace – one of the last great Rococo buildings to be designed in Europe, the Palace was conceived as a summer retreat for Dom Pedro of Braganza, later to become husband and then king consort to his own niece, Queen Maria I. It served as a discreet place of incarceration for Queen Maria as her descent into madness continued in the years following Dom Pedro's death in 1786. Azenhas do Mar – a seaside town in the municipality of Sintra. Cascais and Estoril – former fishing villages that became royal getaways. Today they are among the most attractive destinations for the Portuguese and foreign elite thanks to an abundance of boutiques, restaurants, hotels, beaches, and much more. Cabo da Roca – the most westerly point in continental Europe. From the clifftops, you’ll enjoy fantastic views of the beaches and the sea. From the road near the coast, you’ll have scenic views of the glamorous towns of Estoril and Cascais.

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What people are saying about National Palace of Queluz

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4.8 / 5

based on 633 reviews

We absolutely loved Paulo and wished we had found him earlier. If you want an on-the-beaten path experience with a guide who likes to avoid crowds, knows the right balance of talking, and is incredibly knowledgeable this is the tour and the guide for you. He does longer trips as well. I would recommend just asking for him to be part of your entire trip.

For starters our experience was great and our guide José was spectacular. Unfortunately our wine tasting was canceled due to the fact they weren’t open. But on the flip side José went above and beyond and even gave us a bottle of wine at the end as a genuine gift. Which was just a cherry on top.

Really great tour with the best bits picked out. Personal tour guide really good and knowledgeable. Got to see a much wider area and places you wouldn't know to visit.

Lots of uphill walking so make sure you bring comfortable shoes. Excellent views and great people!

Tour guide was amazingly Good..... Thanks Mr Jose Ribeiro