Praia das Maçãs, Portugal

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Praia das Maçãs, Portugal: Our most recommended tours and activities

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

1. 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!

Praia Grande, Sintra: Group Surf Lesson

2. Praia Grande, Sintra: Group Surf Lesson

Have an expert assess your surfing level on shore to see if you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced surfer. Set targets according to the surfer's levels and the conditions of the sea/surf. Practice some technical and specific work according to the group or surfer's level on the sand. Work on the acquisition of skills and the necessary technique to progress in different levels. Get expert instruction from high-quality coaches that know how to work according to the characteristics of the beach, the surf, and the safety rules.

From Lisbon: Day Trip to Cascais, Cabo da Roca, and Azenhas

3. From Lisbon: Day Trip to Cascais, Cabo da Roca, and Azenhas

Travel along the coast in style in a convertible on this day trip from Lisbon. Take in dynamic coastal landscapes as you drive to the towns of Estoril, Cascais, and Azenhas. Have coffee, bottled water, and snacks on your tour. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation in Lisbon. Stop at the Tagus River in Lisbon to capture photos of the Belem fortifications. Sit back and relax on the drive to Estoril where you cans see the Hotel Palacio & Casino which was featured in the 007 novel 'Casino Royale.'  Continue to Cascais where you can take a stroll on the promenade before stopping for a cup of coffee. Walk to the Boca da Inferno sea arch, or choose to have some time to peruse the local shops. Pass through Guincho and drive up into the hills for stunning views of the coast below. Capture pictures of the westernmost point in mainland Europe at Cabo da Roca. Go to a restaurant with a view where you can purchase a delicious lunch. After lunch, drive to Praia das Maçãs (Apple beach). Go for a walk on the sand and admire the river that flows into the sea. Finish your tour in town of Azenhas where you can visit the the dunes and spend some time in the shops. Return to your accommodation in Lisbon.

From Estoril or Cascais: West Coast of Portugal Day Trip

4. From Estoril or Cascais: West Coast of Portugal Day Trip

Travel along the coast in style in a convertible on this day trip from Cascais or Estoril. Take in dynamic coastal landscapes and views as you first drive East towards Lisbon and see this amazing city and bridge from a distance. Then drive to the towns of Estoril, Cascais, and Azenhas via the viewpoint at Cabo da Roca. Have coffee, bottled water, and snacks on your tour Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation in Cascais or Estoril. Drive East along the Marginal to Paco de Arcos for a great view of Lisbon, the 25th April Bridge and Christo Rei. Then sit back and relax on the drive to Estoril where you can see the Hotel Palacio & Casino which was featured in the 007 novel 'Casino Royale.' Stop for coffee on the promenade before walking on to Cascais. From Cascais it is on to the Boca de Inferno sea arch where you will see the power of the sea at it's very best. Pass through Guincho and drive up into the hills for stunning views of the coast below. Capture pictures of the westernmost point in mainland Europe at Cabo da Roca. Go to a restaurant with a view where you can purchase a delicious lunch. After lunch, drive to Praia das Maçãs (Apple beach). Go for a walk on the sand and admire the river that flows into the sea. Finish your tour near Azenhas and get your final views of this amazing coastline. Return to your accommodation in Cascais or Estoril.

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What people are saying about Praia das Maçãs, Portugal

If you are a couple, a solo traveler, or a small group of three, looking for a truly personal and private tour of the outskirts of Lisbon—Sintra, medieval and seaside towns, palaces, castles, and sunsets—taking a tour with Iain is the way to go. Iain will drive you around in his convertible that is clean and spacious enough. He is a very responsible driver. Iain can come up with a one-of-a-kind tour that caters to the specific places you want to visit and see. He is kind and respectful of your time and interests. He communicated with me even before I arrived in Lisbon and suggested various options we could do for the tour, making sure there were no glitches or surprises on the day of the tour. However, he was still flexible enough to make tweaks and changes if need be on the day of the tour. Especially for couples and those who want to make their Portugal trip a more memorable even romantic experience, I recommend a tour with Iain at the helm. It’s the best way to go.

Me and my wife booked the day trip with Iain before arriving to Portugal. It was an amazing experience, Iain sent us the itinerary in advance. It wasn't rushed at all, we enjoyed every place and we found this trip very useful to plan our next days in Portugal. If it wasn't for him I'm sure we would have missed all these places during our holiday in Portugal. Iain is a great guide, very friendly and a great conversation starter. Looking forward to return and get another trip with him. Definitely a must-get trip if you get around Lisbon and you want to know where to start from.