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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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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.

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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.

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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 minutesStop At: Cascais, PortugalEnjoy free time in the beach town CascaisDuration: 40 minutes

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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

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Lisbon Private Tour by Beetle Convertible with Sintra Upgrade

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), Lisbon, Lisbon District, Central PortugalLisbon’s main square. Before it was destroyed by the earthquake of 1755, the Royal Palace was located here and this place worked as the commercial port of the city, it was considered the “door” to Lisbon.Pass By: Lisbon Baixa, Lisbon, Lisbon District, Central PortugalThe heart of Lisbon, this is the trendiest area in town, a meeting point of artists, bohemians and avant-garde personalities.Pass By: Se de Lisboa ( Igreja de Santa Maria Maior ), Lisbon, Lisbon District, Central PortugalLisbon Cathedral, oldest building.Pass By: Alfama, Lisbon, Lisbon District, Central PortugalThe city’s oldest neighbourhood, home to traditional Fado houses and colourful narrow streets. A place where you feel like you’ve stepped back in time.Pass By: Bairro Alto, Lisbon, Lisbon District, Central PortugalOld Neighborhood with tall buildings and typical commerce.Pass By: Chiado, Lisbon, Lisbon District, Central PortugalThe trendiest neighbourhood, a must!Stop At: Miradouro da Senhora do Monte, Lisbon, Lisbon District, Central PortugalOnly for Half Day Lisbon Option. Senhora do Monte Viewpoint (with Ginjinha tasting): One of the highest points in the city with a magnificent view.Duration: 30 minutesPass By: Monastery of Santa ClaraOnly Half Day Lisbon Option. No ticket included. Campo de Santa Clara (Flea Market area): Here is where the flea market takes place (only at Tuesdays and Saturdays), its origin dates back to the XIII century, therefore it is the oldest and most famous market in Lisbon.Stop At: Pastéis de BelémOnly for Half Day Lisbon Option. Pastéis de Belém (the famous custard tart tasting): Lisbon’s ex-libris whose original recipe comes from the Jerónimos Monastery, located in Belém area.Duration: 20 minutesPass By: Jerónimos MonasteryOnly for Half day Lisbon Option. Ticket not included. Jerónimos Monastery: A World Heritage monument, this is one of the most prominent examples of the Portuguese Late Gothic Manueline style of architecture in Lisbon.Pass By: Padrao dos Descobrimentos, Lisbon, Lisbon District, Central PortugalOnly for Half Day Lisbon Option. Ticket Not Included.An impressive monument to praise the qualities of the Portuguese people.Pass By: Torre de Belem, Lisbon, Lisbon District, Central PortugalOnly for Half Day Lisbon Option. Ticket Not Included. Belém Tower: Built on the northern bank of the Tagus between 1514 and 1520, the Belém Tower is one of the architectural jewels of the reign of Manuel I.Pass By: Cais do sodreOnly for Half Day Lisbon Option. The city's coolest district, a hub of great clubs, bars, restaurants and where is located Lisbon's biggest food market, the lively Mercado da Ribeira.Pass By: Assembly of the RepublicOnly for Half Day Lisbon Option. Ticket Not Included. The parliament of the Portuguese Republic that occupies the former Benedictine monastery of São Bento da Saúde, a beautiful building. Stop At: Centro Historico de Sintra, Sintra, Sintra Municipality, Lisbon District, Central PortugalOnly for Full Day Sintra Option. Built at the foot of the mountain, in a sloping area this fairy tale location grew between the National Palace and the mountain, adapting itself, through successive modifications, to the slopes and the morphology of the ground. Duration: 3 hoursPass By: Quinta da Regaleira, Sintra, Sintra Municipality, Lisbon District, Central PortugalOnly for Full Day Sintra Option. Ticket not included. Classified as a Building of Public Interest since 2002 this Palace is surrounded by lush gardens, lakes, grottoes and enigmatRegaleira Palace: Classified as a Building of Public Interest since 2002 this Palace is surrounded by lush gardens, lakes, grottoes and enigmatic constructions with hidden alchemical meaning.ic constructions with hidden alchemical meaning.Pass By: Palacio de Monserrate, Sintra, Sintra Municipality, Lisbon District, Central PortugalOnly for Full Day Sintra Option. Ticket Not Included. Like the other Palaces in the region, this is an example of Portuguese Romanticism and since 1978 it has been classified as a Building of Public Interest.Stop At: Praia das Azenhas do Mar, Colares, Sintra Municipality, Lisbon District, Central PortugalOnly for Full Day Sintra Option. Ticket Not Included. A viewpoint from where we can admire a stunning view of the cliffs looming over the full majesty of the Atlantic Ocean.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Cabo da Roca, Colares, Sintra Municipality, Lisbon District, Central PortugalOnly for Full Day Sintra Option.The westernmost point of Europe where the land ends and the sea begins. Please take some warm cloths to visit this place.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Centro Historico de Cascais, Cascais, Lisbon District, Central PortugalOnly for Full Day Sintra Option. Ticket Not Included. Citadel of Cascais. A set of fortifications built between the 15th and 17th centuries to defend the Cascais coastline and River Tagus estuary. Today it houses a luxury hotel – the Pestana Cidadela Cascais, a courtyard restaurant, a bookshop, art gallery, chapel and the Palácio da Cidadela de Cascais.Duration: 30 minutesPass By: EstorilOnly for Full Day Sintra Option. The premier distinct and fashionable Portuguese beach resort town of the Lisbon coastline.

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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.