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Sintra: Castle of the Moors Fast Track Ticket

1. Sintra: Castle of the Moors Fast Track Ticket

The Castle of the Moors was classified as a National Monument in 1910 and it also forms part of the Sintra Cultural Landscape classified by UNESCO as World Heritage Site in 1995. It soars 412 m above sea level and looms high above the surrounding forest.  The 10th-century Moorish castle’s dizzying ramparts stretch across the mountain ridges and past moss-clad boulders the size of small buses. The best walking route here from Sintra-Vila is not along the main road but the quicker, partly off-road route via Rua Marechal Saldanha. The steep trail is around 2 km, but quiet and rewarding.  Once you reach the castle, the views over Sintra’s palace-dotted hill, across to the glittering Atlantic are breathtaking. Along the walkways, you can admire the unique landscape that in the foreground features Sintra town and its town hall, the Palace of Pena and the hills. In the background, admire the extensive plain running northwards and the Atlantic Ocean.

From Lisbon: Full-Day Tour to Sintra and Cascais by Car

2. From Lisbon: Full-Day Tour to Sintra and Cascais by Car

Your guide will pick you up in a location of your choosing and will take you along the coast all the way to Cascais, stopping in Boca do Inferno, which is a rocky formation different from anything you've ever seen! From there, you'll be headed to Cabo da Roca to marvel at the view of the ocean, it was known as the end of the known world, the most western point of Europe. Afterward, it's time to have lunch by the coast so you can rest, enjoy some local seafood and be ready for the second part of your tour! You will be visiting two palaces in Sintra, Quinta da Regaleira and Palácio da Pena, both of these locations are filled with both history and myth, be ready to be smitten by the wonders of these magic-filled places. To finish your tour, you'll be taking a walk through the village of Sintra where you'll be able to enjoy the local pastries. After exploring Sintra your guide will drop you off at your desired location.

Sintra and Cascais: Hop-on Hop-Off Bus Travel Pass

3. Sintra and Cascais: Hop-on Hop-Off Bus Travel Pass

Get access to all the tourist lines and local bus routes in the towns of Sintra and Cascais with a 24-hour travel pass. Enjoy comfortable rides on air-conditioned buses to visit all the main landmarks in the area at your own pace. Hop on and off as many times as you wish for 24 hours without paying extra. Once you have finished visiting a landmark, simply catch the next bus and enjoy a comfortable journey to the next location. Discover the mesmerizing landmarks of the UNESCO Cultural Landscape of Sintra, including the stunning Quinta da Regaleira, the Moorish Castle, and the famous Pena Palace. Enjoy panoramic views of stunning locations such as Cabo da Roca and Guincho Beach as you explore the charming coastal town of Cascais and its surrounding area. Visit: • Cascais Bay • Boca do Inferno • Guia Lighthouse • Guincho Beach • Cabo da Roca • Moorish Castle • Pena Palace • Sintra Town Palace • Quinta da Regaleira Palace • Monserrate Palace • Azenhas do Mar

Sintra: Monserrate Palace and Park Skip-the-Line Ticket

4. Sintra: Monserrate Palace and Park Skip-the-Line Ticket

Four kilometers from Sintra’s historic center is the unique Monserrate Palace, located in the center of a beautiful 30-hectare park. The Park and Palace of Monserrate were included in the Cultural Landscape of Sintra, which was been classified by UNESCO as World Heritage Site in 1995. The 19th-century castle is known not only for its unique Moorish-Gothic-Indian style architecture but also for its surrounding gardens.  Over the years, the gardens have welcomed plant species from all over the world. In the various gardens, you will find surprisingly contrasting scenery, from tree ferns from Australia and New Zealand, to agaves and yuccas from Mexico. Seek out the Himalayan rhododendron and the bamboo-fringed Japanese garden abloom with camellias. Enjoy a stroll along the paths and discover ruins, lakes and waterfalls. 

From Lisbon: Sintra, Cascais and Estoril Full-Day Trip

5. From Lisbon: Sintra, Cascais and Estoril Full-Day Trip

Embark on a day trip from Lisbon to discover Sintra, Cascais, and Estoril. Walk around and explore the 7 Wonders of Portugal, visit Hell's Mouth, and many more sites along the way. Enjoy a day out that you won't forget. You’ll be picked up at your accommodation in the morning. Then, start your full-day excursion with a drive to Sintra village. In Sintra, you’ll have a chance to visit the Palácio da Pena (Pena Palace), one of the 7 Wonders of Portugal. Then, take in the stunning gardens, caves, and architecture of Quinta da Regaleira. You’ll have free time for lunch and a walk around the historical center of Sintra village, and to taste the traditional Travesseiros and Queijadas of Sintra. Next, you’ll drive through the National Park of Sintra-Cascais to Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of continental Europe. You’ll hear about the history of the site and enjoy stunning views from the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. On the way to Cascais, you’ll stop to visit Boca do Inferno (Hell´s Mouth). In the charming village of Cascais, you’ll have some free time to explore the historical center’s main streets. On your way back to Lisbon you’ll enjoy a panoramic tour around Casino Estoril, an iconic place that served as a setting for a popular action movie.

Queluz National Palace & Gardens Skip-the-Line Ticket

6. 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: Secrets of Sintra and Cascais Private Tour

7. From Lisbon: Secrets of Sintra and Cascais Private Tour

Discover both Sintra and Cascais with the help of an expert local tour guide. Explore the highlights of both villages on a flexible private day tour Start with pickup your accommodation in Lisbon and travel first to Sintra. Decide which monuments you wish to visit in the area, or if you just wish to head to some of the most scenic viewpoints You may visit the Pena Palace, a fairy-tale-like castle perched on a hill overlooking the village. Choose to visit Moorish Castle, which sits next to Pena Palace. Stroll along the walls of this mighty fortress and admire the breathtaking views all around you. Visit Sintra’s National Palace. Of medieval origin, discover its beautiful architecture and historic significance, and iconic chimneys. Explore the Quinta da Regaleira residence, with tons of mystical references, magical gardens, and enigmatic grottoes. Before leaving Sintra, enjoy a special wine-related treat, more will be revealed on the day of the tour. After crossing the mountain, arrive at Cabo de Roca, the most westerly point of mainland Europe. Enjoy the fantastic views of this natural landmark. Follow the beautiful ocean-front roads and white sandy beaches and arrive at Cascais. Explore this charming village which was a regular retreat for the Portuguese Royal Family of past centuries. Afterward, relax on the journey back to Lisbon, with drop-off at your accommodation.

Sintra: Paragliding Tandem Experience

8. Sintra: Paragliding Tandem Experience

The tandem paragliding flight lasts 20 to 30 minutes and is always performed by experienced and duly accredited pilot. It is a unique experience that allows participants to enjoy the freedom of gliding, experiencing spectacular landscapes from a whole new point of view! The flight ends in the same place we start.

Sintra: Beaches and Colares Tasting Tour

9. Sintra: Beaches and Colares Tasting Tour

At beginning of your private tour, you will be picked up at your accommodation at 10:00 AM, where you will meet your friendly guide for the day. Sintra is not just the magical, mountainous villa people know of but it's also a whole council of 319,2 km² that includes an amazing coastline, with more than a dozen natural beaches, and a vast area of rural villages with lots of traditions. This tour aims to show you not just Sintra's center, but also the less-visited places in this region, that are true gems ready to be discovered. From Sintra's mountain, you then head to the beautiful countryside following the century old tram line, until you reach Colares, where life is simple and agriculture predominates, as well as wine making. Colares has the oldest wine seller in the country and you will be taken there for a brief visit, before getting to know Portugal's wine traditions a little better. From the wine cellar, you head across the winding road trail to some of the stunning Portuguese beaches such as Praia Grande and Praia Pequena, before stopping at Azenhas do Mar. Located between the ocean and a big cliff, this small town has a heavenly location and is among the most appreciated and exciting beaches in Europe. You will also stop at Adraga Beach, another of Sintra's gems, so you can catch the ocean breeze and relax a little, while overlooking the wild scenery. From there, you go to Cabo da Roca – the most western point in Europe, where the ocean clashes with land in perfect harmony. A true picture perfect location, with stunning and breathtaking views you will never forget.   Along this amazing exclusive Tour we will do various stops for tasting a wide variety of Portuguese wines! From Green & White to Red (not forgetting the famous Rosé) , from outside tasting to a cozy winery and vineyard routes you will get a proper inside to the wine traditions in Portugal. And of course all you wish and need to know told by a wine enthusiast aka our Wonder Guide! And of course so the gastronomical experience is complete, we prepare for you a especially Portuguese table of “petiscos” (what the Spanish call “tapas”), including the tastiest cheeses, “chouriços” made in front of you, jams and much more!

From Lisbon: Sintra and Cascais Private Guided Tour

10. 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.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 507 reviews

Our guide was Alessandro (Alex). He was no less than excellent. He was friendly, thoughtful, attentive and informative. The vehicle was spacious, clean and comfortable. We are in our late 70's. My husband has heart problems. Alex tailored our tour to ensure we got to see as much as possible within our capabilities. We also got to choose how much time we wished to spend where within the schedule. Had we been in the area for longer we would have booked more tours with Alex. Thank you Alex for a memorable tour.

¡Excelente tour privado en castellano! Nuestra guía, Carolina, hablaba un español excelente y nos llevó por muchos rincones del recinto patrimonial de Sintra y el Parque Natural de Sintra-Cascais. Todo fue muy profesional y, aunque el tiempo no acompañó del todo, pasamos un día fantástico.

Joao nuestro guía nos hizo pasar un gran día. Su conocimiento y su dominio no solo del inglés sino también del Español nos ayudaron mucho a mi y a mi familia a disfrutar de este tour.

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

Our guide was knowledgeable, fun and gave us great insight. Highly recommend!