Welcome to Sintra
With its rippling mountains, dewy forests thick with ferns and lichen, exotic gardens and glittering palaces, Sintra is like a page torn from a fairy tale. Its Unesco World Heritage–listed centre, Sintra-Vila, is dotted with pastel-hued manors folded into luxuriant hills that roll down to the blue Atlantic.Celts worshipped their moon god here, the Moors built a precipitous castle, and 18th-century Portuguese royals... Read More
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Sintra and Cascais Small-Group Day Trip from Lisbon
Just a short trip away from Lisbon are the beautiful towns of Sintra and Cascais. Start your tour with the journey to Sintra. Visit Pena Park, where you will be amazed by the variety of trails, trees and other plants. Head to the Queen's Throne for an amazing view of the Pena National Palace (Palacio da Pena) and the Atlantic Ocean. Next, feel like Portuguese royalty as you enter the romantic Pena National Palace at the top of Sintra Mountain. See the Great Triton, the guardian of the palace, inspired by Manueline art. Inside the palace, admire the attention to detail in the bedrooms of the king and queen and the Arab Room. Leave the palace and follow your guide to the historical center of Sintra, where you’ll have free time to explore the town, to visit Sintra National Palace (where the Portuguese royalty of the 15th and 16th centuries used to spend the summer months) or have some lunch (own expense). For dessert, try a travesseiro or a queijada, two delicious local pastries. Next, admire the landscape of Sintra Natural Park, passing Quinta da Regaleira, Seteais Palace and the Palace of Monserrate on the way. Enjoy a photo opportunity at the cliffs of Roca Cape (Cabo da Roca), the westernmost point of Europe, and visit the surfer's paradise of Guincho Beach. Pass the cliff at Hell’s Mouth (Boca do Inferno), before stopping to stretch your legs along Cascais’ bay. Wander around the center of Cascais, a former fishing village and today a popular holiday spot. Follow your guide through narrow alleyways and see the traditional Portuguese white houses or enjoy some time relaxing at the beach. On the drive back to Lisbon where your tour concludes, soak up the scenic views along the Atlantic coast and in the town of Estoril.
Sintra Royal Palaces Day Trip from Lisbon: Queluz Palace, Pena Palace and Pena Park
Leave your Lisbon hotel and head northwest by bus to Queluz Palace in the UNESCO-listed town of Sintra. Known as the Portuguese Versailles, this 18th-century palace with its ornate gardens, statues and fountains was the last of the Europe’s rococo (late baroque) buildings. While exploring with your guide, admire its decorative art that adorns rooms like the elegant Throne Room and the Royal Bedroom with its distinctive domed ceiling.If you selected the Tour plus Lunch option, stop for a meal at a restaurant in town. See the Itinerary for a sample menu. Alternatively, make use of a 1.5-hour break to eat at your own expense. Then, meet your guide to visit Pena Palace, a site that’s arguably the town’s most famous architectural icon. Created in the 1800s for King Ferdinand, the palace is similar in appearance to Bavaria’s Neuschwanstein Castle.As you explore, your guide will point out ramparts and domes. Learn about the architectural styles of the building, and admire panoramic views of the forest from the windows.After your tour of the building, head outside for a guided walk around the forest’s many paths and gardens. Finally, return to central Lisbon by bus.
Sintra and Cascais Small Group Tour from Lisbon
Departing from Lisbon, head toward the rippling and dewy Sintra. Start the day with a visit to the amazing Pena Palace. The palace's history started in the Middle Ages when a chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Pena was built on the top of the hill above Sintra. The current palace dates back to 1839, when King Ferdinand II bought the ruins of the Hieronymite Monastery of Our Lady of Pena and started to adapt it for use as a residence according to his romantic taste. Today, the palace constitutes one of the major expressions of 19th-century romanticism in the world.Next, you will be ready to explore Sintra, a UNESCO world heritage site since 1995. You will have some free time to explore the village that the Greeks named the "Mountain of the Moon," a true fairy tale village that is also full of Muslim influences. Here, you will have free-time for lunch. Also, you will have the opportunity to enjoy some famous travesseiros (pillows), which are light puff pastries that are turned, rolled and folded seven times, then filled with delicious almond-and-egg-yolk cream and lightly dusted with sugar. You can also enjoy the famous Sintra cheesecakes, whose origins date back to the XIII century.Next, it is time to cross the mystic mountain of Sintra toward the Atlantic Ocean. Along the way you will have the opportunity to see Quinta da Regaleira Palace, Seteais Palace and Moserrate Palace.Upon reaching the coast, you'll make a stop in one of the most picturesque seaside towns, Azenhas do Mar, which has a stunning view overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.It is now time to leave the beautiful and magical Sintra Mountain and head in the direction of Cascais. At midpoint, you'll make a stop at the wild Cabo da Roca, a sheer 150m (500ft) cliff that forms the most western point of continental Europe. Afterwards, visit Cascais, a former fishing village that gained fame as a resort for Portugal's royal family in the late XIX century and early XX centuries. Nowadays, it is a popular vacation spot for both Portuguese and foreign tourists, as well as a village with small museums, picturesque gardens, a shiny marina and a pedestrianized old town.During your stay here, you'll get to try the most famous ice cream of Portugal, Santini’s Gelati, which you may then consider the best ice cream in the world. It is truly a gift from the gods. Santini’s has been tantalizing Portuguese tongues since 1949.Finally, it is time to head back to your hotel or the Port of Lisbon.
Private Tour: Lisbon and Sintra Sightseeing Tour by Convertible Beetle
This private 3-hour tour provides you with an exclusive way to see the best sights of Lisbon! Ride in an old convertible VW Beetle and explore Portugal’s capital with your private guide and family or friends. After pickup from your hotel, your driver will take you to Lisbon’s highlights including the districts of Alfama, Graça, Belém, Chiado and Bairro Alto. Stop at famous monuments like the Roman Catholic Sé de Lisboa Cathedral, the hilltop Castelo de São Jorge and Praça do Comércio, a square in Baixa. The city has been reconstructed several times due to destructive earthquakes, so the city shows a mix of architectural highlights in almost every building.Upgrade to a full-day tour:Upgrade to a full-day (8-hour) journey to include not only the best and most stunning sights of Lisbon but also the glorious city of Sintra. After your morning Lisbon sightseeing tour, travel along the Tagus River and drive through the coastal city of Estoril. Head north to Cabo da Roca - the westernmost point of Europe – enjoy your “A la carte” lunch in a very traditional Portuguese restaurant (own expense). You may taste sample local delicacies such as chorizo, cheese, pastries and some of the finest local wines After lunch, continue into the greater Sintra area and see how craft work and nature fit perfectly together in buildings like the exotic, Arabesque Monserrate Estate and the well-preserved medieval Sintra National Palace, which both blend perfectly with the landscape. the ancient city of Sintra, a beautiful town filled with royal retreats and castles from the 8th and 9th centuries. You’ll return to Lisbon in the late afternoon.Throughout your tour, taste local wines, liquors and traditional Lisbon cakes, for a more complete Portuguese experience!
Sintra, Pena Palace and Cascais Half-Day Trip from Lisbon
From Lisbon, head west to Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and so-called fairytale town due to its hills, palaces and villas. Your guide will lead you on a 1,5-hour tour through the famous Pena Palace (Palácio da Pena), a whimsical Romanticist palace that dates back to the 1840s and was a monastery and summer residence of Portuguese kings and queens. Admire the Victorian and Edwardian furniture and the beautiful, detailed decor. See the majestic ballroom and imagine the aristocrats who once danced there in grand dresses and suits. Sneak a peek in the Arab Room, where tremendous paintings cover the walls and ceiling. Then take a walk through the Pena Park and enjoy the royal air while you see the huge variety of trees and exotic plants. You'll have 30 minutes of free time in Sintra. Spend them by either visiting the Sintra National Palace (Palácio da Vila) or enjoying a cup of good coffee with typical pastries such as “travesseiros” or “queijadas de Sintra”.Continue your tour to Cabo da Roca (March to October only), a dramatic cliff famous for being Europe's westernmost point. Enjoy the 20-minute break and take pictures of the beautiful landscape and the cape’s small lighthouse. Your last 10-minute stop is Cascais, a former fishing village and preferred resort for European royals in the early 20th century. Stroll along one of the small beaches before heading back to Lisbon.
Sintra Full Day Tour: Let the Fairy Tale Begin
Start your day at the Sintra Historical Center, with an introduction to this world heritage site. Wander the villa’s medieval streets, and feel like you’ve stepped into a fairy tale. Enjoy free time visiting the Village of Sintra and Sintra National Palace, once home of Portugal’s kings.Continue onto Pena Palace, where you can explore the palace and its gardens. Enjoy a stunning view over the Atlantic Ocean and Sintra National Park, one of Portugal’s seven wonders and one of the major expressions of 19th-century Romanticism. Travel through the park, glimpsing its rare fauna, distinctive trees, Moorish Castle, Monserrate Palace, and chalets.Next, stop into the famously mystic Quinta da Regaleira palace. Discover its exotic gardens, masonic architecture, and the initiatory well and caves. Explore the grounds, which include not only lush gardens, but lakes, caves, and enigmatic constructions that draw upon alchemy, Masonry, Templars, and Rose-cross. Conclude your day by journeying to Continental Europe’s westernmost point, Roca Cape, and visiting the renowned beaches at Guincho. See Hellmouth, then enjoy free time in Cascais, once home to the royal family. Finish your tour back at your starting point.