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Sintra: Pena Palace and Park Entrance Ticket

1. Sintra: Pena Palace and Park Entrance Ticket

The palace is situated in the eastern part of the Park of Pena, which one has to pass through to reach the steep ramp built by the Baron of Eschwege that provides access to the castle-like building. The palace itself is composed of two wings: the former Manueline monastery of the Order of St. Jerome and the wing built in the 19th century by King Ferdinand II. These wings are ringed by a third architectural structure that is a fantastical version of an imaginary castle, whose walls one can walk around and which comprises battlements, watchtowers, an entrance tunnel and even a drawbridge. In 1838, King Ferdinand II acquired the former Hieronymite monastery of Our Lady of Pena, which was built by King Manuel I in 1511 on the top of the hill above Sintra and had been left unoccupied since 1834 when the religious orders were suppressed in Portugal. The monastery consisted of the cloister and its outbuildings, the chapel, the sacristy and the bell tower, which today form the northern section of the Palace of Pena, or the Old Palace as it is known. King Ferdinand began by making repairs to the former monastery, which, according to the historical sources of that time, was in very bad condition. He refurbished the whole of the upper floor, replacing the fourteen cells used by the monks with larger-sized rooms and covering them with the vaulted ceilings that can still be seen today. In roughly 1843, the king decided to enlarge the palace by building a new wing (the New Palace) with even larger rooms (the Great Hall is a good example of this), ending in a circular tower next to the new kitchens. The building work was directed by the Baron of Eschwege. The 1994 repair works restored the original colors of the Palace’s exterior: pink for the former monastery and ochre for the New Palace. In transforming a former monastery into a castle-like residence, King Ferdinand showed that he was heavily influenced by German romanticism, and that he probably found his inspiration in the Stolzenfels and Rheinstein castles on the banks of the Rhine, as well as Babelsberg Palace in Potsdam. These building works at the Palace of Pena ended in the mid-1860s, although further work was also undertaken at later dates for the decoration of the interiors. King Ferdinand also ordered the Park of Pena to be planted in the Palace’s surrounding areas in the style of the romantic gardens of that time, with winding paths, pavilions and stone benches placed at different points along its routes, as well as trees and other plants originating from the four corners of the earth. In this way, the king took advantage of the mild and damp climate of the Sintra hills to create an entirely new and exotic park with over five hundred different species of trees. The Palace of Pena was designated a National Monument in 1910 and forms part of the Cultural Landscape of Sintra, which has been classified by UNESCO as World Heritage since 1995.

From Lisbon: Sintra, Regaleira and Pena Palace Guided Tour

2. From Lisbon: Sintra, Regaleira and Pena Palace Guided Tour

Benefit from a guided tour inside the Quinta Regaleira and Pena Palace. Fall in love with Sintra, a village full of magic and mystery, the lasting symbol of Portugal's Romantic period and also classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Opt to treat yourself and loved ones to a private experience with your own guide and pickup from your own hotel. Alternatively, you can get picked up from a convenient location in the center of Lisbon. Accompanied by an enthusiastic and dedicated tour guide, you will visit Quinta da Regaleira and enjoy its lush gardens, lakes, grottoes, and enigmatic constructions, including the world-famous Initiation Well. Uncover the mysteries of each place and learn about the orders of the Freemasons and the Knights Templar. During the lunch break in Sintra's old town, you will have free time to explore the historical and charming streets. You will also have time to taste the traditional pastry, travesseiro. After buying your entry ticket with your guide, feel like you're stepping into a fairy tale when you enter the romantic Pena Palace and Park. Understand its unique architectural expression of Romanticism. Spot how it blends many styles, including Gothic, neo-Manueline, neo-Islamic, and neo-Renaissance. Stroll around the park with its astonishing variety of plants and trees. Marvel at the palace's amazing views of the castle and the Atlantic Ocean, a perfect way to end the day before returning to Lisbon.

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

3. 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.

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

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

Escape Lisbon and go on a full-day, guided journey to some of Portugal’s most popular attractions. Stop at the iconic Nacional Palace in Sintra, the awe-inspiring cliffs of Cabo da Roca, and the ritzy seaside town of Cascais. Your first stop is Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage site with incredible Romanticist architecture, historic estates and villas, and royal palaces and castles. Enjoy time to explore Pena Palace and 1.5-hour of free time to wander around Sintra. Continue to Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of continental Europe, and take in 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.

From Lisbon: Sintra, Cabo da Roca, Cascais, & Estoril Tour

5. From Lisbon: Sintra, Cabo da Roca, Cascais, & Estoril Tour

Enjoy a day trip from Lisbon to Sintra, Cabo da Roca, Cascais, and Estoril. Stop at Pena Palace in the Sintra Mountains and at the palace of Quinta da Regaleira. See the first casino in Portugal in Estoril. Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in Lisbon. Relax on the drive to Pena Palace in the Sintra Mountains. Spend some time admiring the vivid colors and 19th-century Romantic architecture of this national treasure. Head to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed historical center of Sintra. Walk through the narrow cobble stone streets and see the charming shops and restaurants. Take a stroll through the Quinta da Regaleira palace park which features lakes, grottoes, wells, fountains, secret passages, mystical symbolism, and a freemason initiation well. Next, travel to Cabo da Roca to see the dramatic coastline a the westernmost point in continental Europe. Continue to the seaside resort town of Cascais. Explore the romantic old buildings in this area which was once a popular summer destination for royals. Finish the tour by passing through the Portuguese Riviera town of Estoril. View the local casino which was thought to be a gathering place for spies in WWII. This inspired the James Bond novel 'Casino Royale.'

From Lisbon: Van Tour to Sintra, Cascais and Estoril

6. From Lisbon: Van Tour to Sintra, Cascais and Estoril

Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of Lisbon, discover the natural and architectural beauty of Sintra and Cascais. After pickup at your hotel or at the meeting point in Lisbon at around 9:00 AM, begin this full-day tour with a walk in Pena Park. See the park’s secret caves, and admire the elegant Pena Palace. Marvel at the views of the surrounding landscape and the Atlantic Ocean. Your guide will share the fascinating history associated with this romantic palace.  Next, visit the historical center of Sintra and taste the delicious pastries from this village. In addition, you will have free time for lunch and your guide will be happy to suggest some of the best restaurants in this area. Continue with a drive through a national park, passing the palaces of Quinta da Regaleira and Seteais. Enjoy a fabulous photo opportunity at the Roca Cape cliffs, the western most point of Europe 'where the earth ends and the sea begins'. The last stop on your tour is the stylish town of Cascais. Here you will take a relaxing wander along the bay, savor an ice cream or shop in the stylish stores. Return to Lisbon by the sea, along the coastal road of Estoril. This tour is totally private with only your family or group and is flexible to suit you.

Lisbon: Private Tour to Sintra, Cabo da Roca and Cascais

7. Lisbon: Private Tour to Sintra, Cabo da Roca and Cascais

Discover some of the most beautiful regions in Portugal and take a trip from Lisbon to the cities of Sintra, Cascais and Cabo da Roca. First visit Sintra, the most romantic city in Portugal. Be enchanted by the city known as the capital of romance, and take a look at the imposing mountains with their magnificent buildings. Discover the idyllic old town and see the fabulous Pena Palace. Later explore the former fishing village of Cascais, enjoy its special flair and admire the picturesque white sand beach. Continue to the westernmost point of the European mainland and discover the impressive Boca do Inferno (Hell's Mouth), whose cliffs, fissures and caves are a unique natural wonder. Enjoy local cuisine in one of the local restaurants and sample fresh fish and seafood.

From Lisbon: Sintra Sightseeing Private or Group Tour

8. From Lisbon: Sintra Sightseeing Private or Group Tour

Meet your expert guide at Lisbon’s Rossio Station in the early morning. Hop onboard the train and soak up stunning views on the one hour journey to Sintra, a UNESCO Listed Heritage Site. Along the way, listen to your guide’s fascinating insight into Sintra’s history, culture, traditions, and legends. Upon arrival, discover why Sintra has such a fairy-tale reputation with a visit to the National Palace. Admire the palace’s stunning mix of Moorish, Medieval, Gothic, Manueline, Renaissance, and Romantic era architecture. From here, continue to the mysterious Quinta da Regaleira, another of Sintra’s most popular landmarks. Learn about the site’s similarities to the Jeronimos Monastery and the Tower of Belém. Next, head into the charming downtown district, bursting with cafes, restaurants, and souvenir stores. Mingle with the locals and get a sense of life in this romantic little town. At the end of the tour, enjoy the freedom to spend the rest of the day exploring Sintra on your own, or travel back to Lisbon.

From Lisbon: Half-Day Tour to Sintra and Pena Palace

9. From Lisbon: Half-Day Tour to Sintra and Pena Palace

Start your small-group tour at the designated meeting point in Lisbon. Board a comfortable minivan and head off to the romantic and fascinating town of Sintra, located just outside of Lisbon. After a short, scenic drive you will arrive in Sintra. With the recommendations of your knowledgeable guide, discover why Sintra has seduced and inspired so many novelists and poets. Begin your discovery of Sintra at Pena Palace and admire a structure built during the age of Romanticism. After learning about the history of the palace and admiring its stunning design, visit the historic center of Sintra. Stroll through the narrow winding streets in the village and discover a variety of shops with typical regional products. Stop at the famous Piriquita Tea House for a break, followed by a drive back to Lisbon.

Sintra: Twizy E-Car Rental with GPS Audio Guide

10. Sintra: Twizy E-Car Rental with GPS Audio Guide

Enjoy the flexibility and freedom to explore Sintra the way you want with this Renault Twizy e-car rental and GPS audio-guided tour in one. As you drive, learn about Sintra’s iconic sights from your audio guide that’s available in 7 languages and equipped with free Wi-Fi. The journey in your Twizy e-car starts with a presentation and explanation of routes. After learning how to operate the vehicle, set out on your discovery of Sintra. When you pass monuments along the route, learn the story or legend behind them from your audio guide. Take advantage of a route map with information on where to park and where to take the best photos. During the tour, decide when and where to stop and for how long. Sights along the tour route include: • Sintra’s historic center • Sintra National Palace • Moorish Castle • Pena Palace • Miradouro da Vigia (three hills, three castles) • Quinta da Regaleira • Seteais Palace • Monserrate Palace and Park • Cabo da Roca Rest assured knowing Twizy has the Clean & Safe seal, awarded by Turismo de Portugal.

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What people are saying about Sintra District

Mario was excellent! Very attentive, great sense of humour As it was a private tour, we made changes specific to our requests. The guide was very knowledgeable. In addition there was “double booking” as the tour is very popular, but the company accommodated our requests and we just started later, which worked out better for us as we were still jet legged. Loved the convenience and the fact that it was specific to us!

My family and I really enjoyed our tour with Miguel! The tour is a small group, and is very informative, while also having the ability to explore in your own. Miguel knew how to time the tour to avoid all the long lines and crowds. Would absolutely recommend!

What an incredible day! I'm so glad we decided to go the route of a (tiny) guided tour. We met such lovely people and our guide was wonderful, knowledgeable and patient. This was a very special treat.

Traveling in van was so comfortable and our guide Miquel was so friendly, knowledgeable and punctual

Miguel was an excellent guide!! Very responsible, and knowledgeable … The best!!