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Lisbon: Pena Palace, Sintra, Cabo da Roca, & Cascais Daytrip

1. Lisbon: Pena Palace, Sintra, Cabo da Roca, & Cascais Daytrip

Escape Lisbon and go on a full-day, guided journey to some of Portugal’s most popular locations stopping at the iconic Pena Palace in Sintra, the awe-inspiring cliffs of Cabo da Roca, and the ritzy seaside town of Cascais. Choose between the shared tour or private tour options. Your journey from Lisbon starts at the famous city of Sintra, whose Romanticist architecture, historic estates and villas, and numerous royal palaces and castles have made it a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy the freedom of choice on whether you want an included entry ticket and tour of the colorful Pena Palace, or whether you prefer to gain some extra free time instead. Arriving early at Sintra means greater chances of avoiding long lines if you choose to go with your guide on a comprehensive tour through its lavish interiors and lush gardens. Marvel at the palace’s fairy-tale-like appearance, beautiful facade and extravagant interior. Next, head over to the center of Sintra and get 1.5-hour of free time to wander on your own. Get recommendations of the city’s must-see locations as well as the best restaurant options for delicious traditional Portuguese dining from your guide. 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. If weather permitting, stop at Guincho beach, whose strong winds and high swells have made it a popular surfing destination. Lastly, arrive in Cascais, an elegant seaside resort town on the Portuguese Riviera. Stroll through the lovely city center and make sure to check out Cascais’ luxury marina, its charming fishing port, and a restored fort that houses many local craftsmen. After your free exploration time in Cascais, relax back on board your air-conditioned minivan, and admire more breathtaking views of the Portuguese coast as you make your way back to Lisbon.

Lisbon Card: 24, 48, or 72-Hour Pass

2. Lisbon Card: 24, 48, or 72-Hour Pass

Unlock the city of Lisbon with the flexible Lisbon Card. Enjoy unlimited travel on city transport, and free admission to 39 museums, historic buildings, and more. Benefit from discounts at a vast range of attractions, vouchers for different shops, and a handy guide that explains how to use the card. After exchanging your GetYourGuide voucher for the magnetic card, the Lisbon Card immediately provides 24-hour, 48-hour, or 72-hour access to the public transport system. Eligible on the Carris metro, buses, trams, and cable railways, it also works on CP trains between Cais do Sodré and Cascais, and trains between Oriente, Rossio, and Sintra.   Skip the lines to enter Jerónimos Monastery, and climb the Belem Tower. Enjoy free access to the National Tile Museum, the National Coach Museum, and others. Admire stunning palaces, including the Mafra National Palace and the Ajuda National Palace. Ride the famous Santa Justa Lift, and much more—all with one card. The Libson Card provides free entry to the following attractions: • Jerónimos Monastery / Monasterio de los Jerónimos• Pilar7 Bridge Experience / Experiencia Pilar 7 • LISBOA Story Centre• National Tile Museum / Museo Nacional del Azulejo   • National Coach Museum / Museo Nacional de Carruajes  • National Ancient Art Museum / Museo Nacional de Arte Antigua• Sintra Mitos e Lendas• Santa Justa Elevator / Ascensor de Santa Justa• Mafra National Palace / Palacio Nacional de Mafra• CARRIS• METRO• CP-Comboios de Portugal• FERTAGUS• National Pantheon / Panteón Nacional• Ajuda National Palace / Palacio Nacional de Ajuda• Chiado Museum - National Museum of Contemporary Art / Museo del Chiado Museo Nacional de Arte Contemporânea• National Ethnology Museum / Museo Nacional de Etnología      • National Costume Museum / Museo Nacional del Traje     • National Museum of Theatre and Dance / Museo Nacional del Teatro y de Danza  • National Archaeology Museum / Museo Nacional de Arqueología• National Music Museum Music / Museo Nacional de la Música• Dr. Anastácio Gonçalves Museum-Residence / Casa-Museo Dr. Anastácio Gonçalves• Republican National Guard Museum / Museo de la Guardia Nacional Republicana• Ceramics Museum - Sacavém / Museo de la Cerámica - Sacavém• Air Museum / Museo del Aire• Batalha Monastery / Monasterio de Batalha • Alcobaça Monastery / Monasterio de Alcobaça• Tomar Convent of Christ / Convento de Cristo - Tomar• Museum of Neo Realism - Vila Franca de Xira / Museo del Neo Realismo - Vila Franca de Xira• Museum of the work Michel Giacometti / Museo del Trabajo Michel Giacometti• Casa da Cerca - Museum of Contemporary Art - Almada / Casa da Cerca - Museu de Arte Contemporanea - Almada• Chapel of the Holy Spirit of the Mareantes - Sesimbra / Capilla del Espíritu Santo de los Mareantes - Sesimbra• Museum of Setúbal - Municipal Gallery / Museo de Setúbal - Galería Municipal• Rua Augusta Arch / Arco da Rua Augusta• Greenhouse / Invernadero Frío• Maritime Museum of Sesimbra / Museo Marítimo de Sesimbra• Museum Tesouro Real• CIRES – Roaz Interpretive Center of the Sado Estuary / CIRES - Centro Interpretativo del Roaz del Estuario del Sado

Cascais: Sunset Boat Trip with Welcome Drinks

3. Cascais: Sunset Boat Trip with Welcome Drinks

Navigate along the charming coast of Cascais, where you will see all the famous sights from the sea. From the center villa to the classic chateaux and mansion, to the fortress used to protect the coast against pirates a long time ago, to the Casino, as well as other famous 007/ James Bond spots. Then you'll travel toward the open sea to the beautiful cliff of Costa da Guia. Relax and admire the sun "touching" the sea as you sip on a welcome drink.

Lisboa: Surf Lesson

4. Lisboa: Surf Lesson

Meet with your professional instructor at the surf school in Carcavelos. Get equipped with your surfing gear, including a wetsuit and board. From here, travel to the beach of Carcavelos or Guincho beach, depending on the most favorable weather conditions on the day. Enjoy a small-group surfing lesson and learn the basics of surfing. Discover essential skills related to safety, how to read the ocean, and how to choose a wave. Learn the practical movements of paddling and standing up on your board to catch the perfect wave. Benefit from personalized instruction with an expert instructor throughout the lesson.

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

5. 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 and Cascais Small Group Tour from Lisbon

6. Sintra and Cascais Small Group Tour from Lisbon

Discover a glorious “Garden of Eden” on a full-day tour of Sintra, a paradise resort of fairytale palaces and ornate architecture just outside Lisbon. Discover why this charming village delighted poets, artists, and authors, including Hans Christian Andersen and Lord Byron. Your tour includes a look inside Pena Palace, designed in a magnificent mix of Manueline and Moorish styles. Learn how its exotic and eclectic profusion of styles follows the rules of Romanticism. Pass the Castle of the Moors and enjoy breathtaking views from its towers. Next, drive to Cabo da Roca at the westernmost point of mainland Europe. Look at the wild Atlantic Ocean from Guincho Beach, and keep your eyes open for surfers on the waves of the Estoril Coast. Stop in the former fishing village of Cascais, now part of the Portuguese Riviera and a place of exile for European royalty. Head back to Lisbon along the “Marginal” road, following the Atlantic to see white sand beaches and magnificent 17th-century forts.

From Lisbon: Sintra and Pena Palace 5-hour Tour

7. From Lisbon: Sintra and Pena Palace 5-hour Tour

Benefit from pickup at your hotel, cruise terminal, or other location, and then travel to the UNESCO World Heritage monument of Pena Palace, one of the finest expressions of 19th-century Romanticism in the world. Marvel at the extravagant decorations and royal collections of the opulent interiors, and get amazing views from the rooftop cafe and terraces. You then head down to Sintra to enjoy some free time to shop or explore the historical center. Try the local queijada and travesseiro pastries, and take souvenir photos of the best-preserved medieval royal residence in Portugal at Sintra National Palace. Continue towards the historic estates of Seteais and Monserrate on the way to Cabo da Roca. Get panoramic views from the westernmost point of mainland Europe, and take souvenir photos of the surfers paradise of Guincho Beach. Visit the village of Cascais and take some free time to walk along the bay before the return journey to Lisbon (or other pickup point).

From Lisbon: Sintra, Cabo da Roca and Cascais Full-Day Tour

8. From Lisbon: Sintra, Cabo da Roca and Cascais Full-Day Tour

On this full-day tour you’ll discover Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire the villa that’s surrounded by an amazing natural park, a castle, beautiful palaces and chalets. Take a walk along the medieval streets of Sintra an drive through the national park and see the rare fauna, the unique trees, the Moorish castle, Monserrate Palace and the chalets. Visit Pena Palace, one of the most impressive expressions of 19th-century Romanticism in architecture in the world and one of Portugal’s seven wonders. Say goodbye to Sintra with an optional visit to mystical Quinta da Regaleira, a palace surrounded by luxuriant gardens, lakes, caves and enigmatic constructions that hide obscure alchemist meanings, evoked by Freesmasons, Knights Templar and Rosicrucians. Continue on to the westernmost point of continental Europe at Roca Cape. Travel along the coast and embrace the Atlantic, and stop in Cascais and Estoril, once retreats for the royal family and the European aristocracy.

From Lisbon: Sintra and Cascais Small Group Full-Day Tour

9. From Lisbon: Sintra and Cascais Small Group Full-Day Tour

Depart Lisbon and journey by air-conditioned, 8-seat vehicle to Pena Palace atop a rock overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Hear the romantic story of the palace and feel like a member of the Portuguese royal family. Then, head to Cabo da Roca for panoramic views from continental Europe’s westernmost point. Pass the stunning beaches of Cascais, including the scenic Praia do Guincho. Experience the mystery of the Devil's Mouth cave, created by the crashing of the waves on the rocky bluff. Stop in the elegant resort town of Cascais, favored by the nobles of Europe for its idyllic setting. Stroll along the harbor before traveling back to Lisbon.

From Lisbon: Sintra and Cascais Day Trip with Pickup

10. From Lisbon: Sintra and Cascais Day Trip with Pickup

Escape the hustle and bustle of Lisbon on a full-day tour of Sintra and Cascais. Discover the whimsical architecture of the town centers and Sintra Natural Park. Following a pick-up from your hotel in Lisbon, transfer by air-conditioned, 8-seat vehicle to the extravagant Pena Palace, perched on a rock that overlooks the coastline of Lisbon. Marvel at is a mix of Moorish and Manueline motifs, and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding woods. Head to Cabo da Roca, continental Europe’s westernmost point, and get a souvenir certificate inscribed with the words "Where the Land Ends and the Sea Begins" by Camões. Pass the stunning beaches of Cascais, including Praia do Guincho, the most scenic beach on the Lisbon coastline. En route to Cascais, experience the mystery of the "Devil's Mouth” cave, created by the crashing of the waves on the rocky bluff. Stop in the elegant resort town of Cascais, a once quiet fishing village that was discovered by the European nobility for its idyllic setting, and became a favorite destination for the international jet set. Stroll along the harbor, before transferring back to Lisbon.

Frequently asked questions about Cascais

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Planning Your Visit

  • How to get around Cascais?

    With so much natural beauty around, one of the best ways to get around Cascais is certainly on foot. Plus the town is small enough to be traversed on foot and by bike. There is a public transportation system that is roomy and even air-conditioned, should you want to take a train or a bus.

  • What to eat in Cascais?

    While you're sightseeing in Cascais you must sample the best of the local cuisine--fresh seafood. The coastal town is known for having some of the best shrimp, crab, lobster, fish, and even barnacle. Delight your taste buds!

Good to know

  • Language
    Portuguese
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +351
  • Best time to visit
    The best time to visit Cascais is from spring to fall. The weather warms up and the charming small coastal town is the perfect spot for a beach vacation away from the stresses of routine.

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What people are saying about Cascais

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 15,675 reviews

If you are a couple, a solo traveler, or a small group of three, looking for a truly personal and private tour of the outskirts of Lisbon—Sintra, medieval and seaside towns, palaces, castles, and sunsets—taking a tour with Iain is the way to go. Iain will drive you around in his convertible that is clean and spacious enough. He is a very responsible driver. Iain can come up with a one-of-a-kind tour that caters to the specific places you want to visit and see. He is kind and respectful of your time and interests. He communicated with me even before I arrived in Lisbon and suggested various options we could do for the tour, making sure there were no glitches or surprises on the day of the tour. However, he was still flexible enough to make tweaks and changes if need be on the day of the tour. Especially for couples and those who want to make their Portugal trip a more memorable even romantic experience, I recommend a tour with Iain at the helm. It’s the best way to go.

I had a truly amazing day with this group and the guides. Everything went smooth and the guide gave a lot of interesting information about the places we went to. He did a fantastic guided tour with detailed information at the besutiful palace in Sintra. I enjoyed seeing all that original furniture and items that were used by the king and queen… I imagined how they lived in the palace while walking through and listening to the guide‘s infos. What‘s more, I met fantastic people - other single travellers - and had a great time with them. This just was really great - everything! There is just one tiny thing I wished was better: 20 minutes if time at the capo da roca isn‘t enough. If you really want to enjoy the actual atmosphere of that place. Nevertheless, I would do this tour again… Thanks for the great day! :)

I think our tour guides name was Givonni. He was awesome and made the tour very enjoyable. He gave us some great information about everything we were looking and made sure we were early at the palace to surpass any major lines. He was also very funny which I always appreciate. HIGHLY recommend!

Perfect tour, small group, our guide Diego knowledgeable, presented the information with insider ‚tips‘ and humour. Relaxed, enjoyable tour !

The best experience in Lisbon ! Nounou the guide was amazing The trip was fantastic