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Celts worshipped their moon god here, the Moors built a precipitous castle, and 18th-century Portuguese royals swanned around its dreamy gardens. Even Lord Byron waxed lyrical about Sintra’s charms: ‘Lo! Cintra’s glorious Eden intervenes, in variegated maze of mount and glen’, which inspired his epic poem Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage.

It’s the must-do side trip from Lisbon, which many do in a day, but this can feel rushed and, if time’s not an issue, there's more than enough allure to seize you here for a few days.


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$86.27 Cultural & Theme Tours

Lisbon to Sintra and Cascais Small-Group Tour with Pena Park

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Park and National Palace of Pena, Sintra, Sintra Municipality, Lisbon District, Central PortugalStart your tour with the journey to Sintra. Visit Pena Park, where you will be amazed by the variety of trails, trees and other plants. 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. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Centro Historico de Sintra, Sintra, Sintra Municipality, Lisbon District, Central PortugalLeave 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. Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Cabo da Roca, Colares, Sintra Municipality, Lisbon District, Central PortugalNext, admire the landscape of Sintra Natural Park on the way to the next stop. Enjoy a photo opportunity at the cliffs of Roca Cape (Cabo da Roca), the westernmost point of Europe.Duration: 30 minutesPass By: Guincho Beach, Cascais, Lisbon District, Central PortugalPass by the surfer's paradise of Guincho Beach.Pass By: Boca do Inferno, Cascais, Lisbon District, Central PortugalPass the cliff at Hell’s Mouth (Boca do Inferno), before stopping to stretch your legs along Cascais’ bay. Stop At: Centro Historico de Cascais, Cascais, Lisbon District, Central PortugalWander 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.Duration: 1 hourPass By: Casino Estoril, Estoril, Cascais, Lisbon District, Central PortugalOn the drive back to Lisbon where your tour concludes, soak up the scenic views along the Atlantic coast and in the town of Estoril.

$67.86 Day Trips & Excursions

Sintra and Cascais Small Group Tour from Lisbon

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Park and National Palace of Pena, Sintra, Sintra Municipality, Lisbon District, Central PortugalWe will visit the remarkable Pena Palace, one of the major expressions of 19th-century romanticism in the world. The current palace dates back to 1839, when King Ferdinand II bought the ruins of the Monastery of Our Lady of Pena and started to adapt it for use as a residence according to his romantic taste. We will, not only visit the Pena Palace, but also explore some parts of the Pena Park.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Centro Historico de Sintra, Sintra, Sintra Municipality, Lisbon District, Central PortugalSintra is an old and mainly pedestrian village that was founded thousand years ago. The Greeks named Sintra the "Mountain of the Moon" and today is still a true fairy tale village. Is a UNESCO world heritage site since 1995. Here you will have free time for lunch (lunch costs are not included) and to enjoy some famous travesseiros (pillows), in a old bakery that existed since 1862, they are light puff pastries that are turned, rolled and folded seven times, and then filled with delicious almond-and-egg-yolk cream and lightly dusted with sugar. You can also enjoy the Sintra cheesecakes.Duration: 1 hourPass By: Regional de Colares WineryColares and its famous wine cellars are on our way to the Atlantic Ocean. Colares is a quaint village famous for its wine, a royal passion that started in the 13th century. The landscape had been sticking in time and around we can enjoy old villas, beautiful mansions, small and big farm areas or a centenary tram.Pass By: Praia das Macas, Colares, Sintra Municipality, Lisbon District, Central PortugalPraia das Maçãs (Apple’s beach) it’s the most popular beach and village in the west of Sintra. It’s also the last stop of a centenary tram. It was very busy in the beginning of the 20th century, however today is only a popular spot for the locals.Stop At: Praia das Azenhas do Mar, Colares, Sintra Municipality, Lisbon District, Central PortugalWe will make a stop in one of the most picturesque seaside towns in Portugal. Azenhas do Mar has a stunning view overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and whitewashed red-roofed houses along the cliff.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Cabo da Roca, Colares, Sintra Municipality, Lisbon District, Central PortugalWe will make a stop in the wild Cabo da Roca, which is a 150 meters (500 feet) cliff that forms the western most point of continental Europe. Facing the roaring Atlantic, this spot is a surprising and remote landscape with amazing views.Duration: 30 minutesPass By: Guincho Beach, Cascais, Lisbon District, Central PortugalThe Guincho beach is beautiful sandy beach area 9 km away from Cascais. It’s a protected landscape where we can see dunes and endemic flora. It’s also a popular destination for surfers.Stop At: Centro Historico de Cascais, Cascais, Lisbon District, Central PortugalCascais is a former fishing village that gained fame as a resort for Portugal's royal family in the late 19th century and early 20th century. Nowadays, it is a popular vacation spot for both Portuguese and foreign tourists. Nowadays is village with small museums, picturesque gardens, a shiny marina and a pedestrianized old town. We will stop here for a while and sugest you to try the most famous ice cream of Portugal, Santini’s Gelati!Duration: 1 hourPass By: Casino EstorilEstoril is 2 km away from Cascais and it becomes the Portuguese Riviera, a popular destination for rich Portuguese and non-Portuguese families. Were we’ll find hotels, villas and a casino. Estoril was the place where Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond got inspired to wrote Casino Royale, because there were many spies and exiles staying here.

$80.52 Cultural & Theme Tours

Lisbon to Sintra Small-Group Tour with Pena Park Entrance

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Park and National Palace of Pena, Sintra, Sintra Municipality, Lisbon District, Central PortugalExplore the Pena Park and enjoy the views and architecture of the Pena Palace. Entrance fee to Pena Park included.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Quinta da Regaleira, Sintra, Sintra Municipality, Lisbon District, Central PortugalVisit the unique Quinta da Regaleira and get lost in the underground tunnels.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Centro Historico de Sintra, Sintra, Sintra Municipality, Lisbon District, Central PortugalEnjoy a Portuguese lunch and try the famous pastry of Sintra. Stroll the narrow and beautiful streets of Sintra.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesPass By: Guincho Beach, Cascais, Lisbon District, Central PortugalBe amazed by the waves of Guincho beach and the surfers. Stop At: Cabo da Roca, Colares, Sintra Municipality, Lisbon District, Central PortugalStand at the Westernmost Point of Mainland EuropeDuration: 20 minutesPass By: Boca do Inferno, Cascais, Lisbon District, Central PortugalAdmire the wavesStop At: Cascais, PortugalEnjoy free time in the beach town CascaisDuration: 40 minutes

$59.81 Day Trips & Excursions

Sintra Full Day Small-Group Tour: Let the Fairy Tale Begin

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Lisbon Native ToursThe tour starts in LisbonStop At: Quinta da Regaleira, Sintra, Sintra Municipality, Lisbon District, Central PortugalOur guide will make a guided visit into the Initiation Wheel and Quinta da Regaleira gardens.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Cabo da Roca, Colares, Sintra Municipality, Lisbon District, Central PortugalDiscover the westernmost point of EuropeDuration: 20 minutesStop At: Centro Historico de Cascais, Cascais, Lisbon District, Central PortugalFree time to lunch and visit the center of Cascais and Cascais bayDuration: 1 hourStop At: Park and National Palace of Pena, Sintra, Sintra Municipality, Lisbon District, Central PortugalFree time to Visit Pena Palace and it's gardensDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Centro Historico de Sintra, Sintra, Sintra Municipality, Lisbon District, Central PortugalVisit the Historical Center of Sintra. Walk by the medievals and cozy streets of Sintra.Opportunity to taste a delicious local pastry: "Travesseiro de Sintra"Duration: 30 minutesStop At: LisbonPick ups at Lisbon. The tour starts at LisbonDuration: 30 minutes

$67.09 Private & Custom Tours

Lisbon Private Tour by Beetle Convertible with Sintra Upgrade

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 (7-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! **HAPPY HOUR WARNING: Book one of our afternoon tours and get a 5€ discount!

$51.76 Tours & Sightseeing

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.