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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 vehicle, and admire more breathtaking views of the Portuguese coast as you make your way back to Lisbon.

From Lisbon: Sintra, Regaleira, Pena Garden and Cascais Tour

2. From Lisbon: Sintra, Regaleira, Pena Garden and Cascais Tour

Discover Sintra, so-called the “Garden of Eden” by Lord Byron. Tour its paradisiacal streets and gardens and admire the ornate palaces, villas, and estates throughout this colorful city. See Pena National Palace, famed for its romantic architecture and recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site. Located approximately 500 meters above sea level, soak up the stunning city views over Sintra. Continue to Sintra's Quinta da Regaleira and take a guided tour of the palace, lush gardens, lakes, grottoes, and enigmatic constructions. Learn about its connection with the Freemasons and the Knights Templar. Head to Cabo da Roca, the most western point of mainland Europe, passing Guincho Beach. Experience the Portuguese Rivera as you drive along the Estoril Coast and visit the village of Cascais. See why many exiled European royalty choose to live there.

Lisbon: Sintra, Azenhas do Mar and Cascais Day Trip

3. Lisbon: Sintra, Azenhas do Mar and Cascais Day Trip

Marvel at the Moorish castles and fairytales palaces of Sintra on a full-day sightseeing tour from Lisbon. Transfer by air-conditioned minivan to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, and explore the picturesque streets of the bohemian village at its heart. See the ornate Sintra National Palace, along with romantic fountains, churches, chapels, and shrines. Continue to the coastal village of Azenhas do Mar to wander among buildings with tiled façades. Enjoy some beach time at Praia da Maçãs, surrounded by imposing cliffs, golden sands, and clear waters. Discover the saltwater swimming pool loved by the local inhabitants, along with fans of recreational fishing, surfing, paragliding, and kite surfing. Watch the surfers surfing the waves at Praia Grande. Close by is the biggest oceanic saltwater pool in Europe, while on the opposite side there are traces of dinosaur footprints on the cliff. Next, go the most westerly point of continental Europe at Cabo da Roca. Enjoy a fantastic view of the beaches and sea from the cliff top. En route back to Lisbon, discover the unique dunes of Guincho Beach, famous as a sanctuary for surf, windsurf, and kitesurf lovers. Visit the charming town of Cascais, a former fishing village that became a favorite royal retreat. Stroll among the elegant boutiques, restaurants, and hotels.

From Lisbon: Sintra and Pena Palace Tour

4. From Lisbon: Sintra and Pena Palace Tour

Benefit from pickup at your hotel in Lisbon, 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 pastries and take souvenir photos of the best-preserved medieval royal residence in Portugal, the 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. Stop at the village of Cascais and take some walk along the bay before the return journey to Lisbon.

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

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

Embark on a full-day trip to Sintra, Cabo da Roca, and Cascais from Lisbon, choosing between a private or a shared guided tour. Soak up the dramatic views at Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of Continental Europe, and lose yourself in the narrow streets of Sintra. After pickup from your hotel, make your way to Sintra and discover the medieval streets, castles, and palaces of this world heritage site. Learn about the colorful architecture and surrounding forest. Continue towards the Atlantic Ocean to discover Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of Europe. Drive along the sea and admire Guincho Beach's enormous sand bed, which hosts many international surfing events due to its gigantic waves. Pass through Cascais and Estoril, both famous for their cosmopolitan environment, and finally visit Estoril’s world-renowned casino and beautiful gardens. Return to Lisbon by driving along the Estoril Coast, admiring the breathtaking sight of white-sanded beaches along the way.

Lisbon: Half-Day Tour of Sintra

6. Lisbon: Half-Day Tour of Sintra

Tour the rich sights of the UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Landscape of Sintra. Besides the Royal Palace, Sintra Village, and forests of Parque Natural Sintra-Cascais', you'll enjoy authentic Sintra pastry, and Cabo da Roca's spectacular coastal view. Experience an unforgettable afternoon as you head north from Lisbon to the UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Landscape of Sintra. Admire the Royal Palace, the best preserved medieval palace in Portugal. Located in Sintra Village itself, the Royal Palace was inhabited continuously from the 15th century through the late 19th century, and was the summer playground of Portuguese royalty. You'll quickly identify the palace's hallmark conical chimneys, and appreciate the rich collection of azulejos, or glazed tiles. As with the rest of Portugal, Sintra takes its sweets very seriously. Follow the crowd up a narrow nearby street to Piriquita. Since 1862, this popular confectioner and café has served up sumptuous cakes and pastries. The feast of the senses continues as we pass through the lush gardens of Parque Natural Sintra-Cascais, making our way to Cabo da Roca (from 1st March to 31st October), the westernmost point in continental Europe. Then soak in ocean sights as we journey along the coast, passing Guincho Beach, a windsurfing favorite, and Boca do Inferno, a natural grotto created by the sea. Upon reaching Cascais, you'll enjoy the panoramic view overlooking the bay. Then we'll return through Estoril, 'the Protuguese Riviera', with Europe's largest casino and its beautiful gardens.

Sintra - Cascais: 6-Hour Electric Bike Tour from Lisbon

7. Sintra - Cascais: 6-Hour Electric Bike Tour from Lisbon

Embark on a 6-hour electric bike tour with 4 different modes of assistance, making climbing the Sintra mountain a lot easier, even for those used to a sedentary lifestyle. The tour begins with a briefing on how the bikes work. Then, head to Rossio station to catch the train for Sintra. During the train trip, you’ll have time to let your guide know if you’d like to visit some of the palaces along the way or if you just want to cycle. When you arrive in Sintra, you can visit the National Palace if you like. Most of your cycling tour takes place within the natural park of Sintra-Cascais. You’ll have the option of visiting Quinta da Regaleira, built between 1904 and 1910, a place renowned for its symbolism, magic, and mystery. Shortly after you’ll pass by Seteais, a former 18th-century palace that is now a 5-star hotel.   Continue your trip along roads flanked by majestic groves until you reach the entrance of Monserrate Park and Palace, one of the most beautiful creations in the Portuguese Romanticism style. Arrive at Colares, a place that’s well known for its vineyards. Continue on to Penedo village, where you’ll enjoy breathtaking views from the atrium of the church, before cycling on to Urgueira village. Take a break for lunch in Azóia village, where you’ll find a great variety of restaurants. With renewed energy, continue your tour through an ancient forest and make your way up to the Peninha Sanctuary, located 488 meters above sea level. From here, you’ll have a panoramic view of the Espichel Cape and Arrábida, to the south, Carvoeiro Cape and Berlengas, to the north, and the entire Sintra mountain to the northeast. Returning to the center of Sintra, you’ll cycle downhill and have one last look at Pena Palace, an important monument of the Portuguese Romanticism movement. You’ll be traveling with an informative and helpful guide, as passionate about beloved Sintra as about cycling. Alternatively, go down to Guincho wild beach – with its never-ending dunes and typical winds that are so treasured by windsurfing lovers – until you reach the bicycle path to Cascais. Return to Lisbon through the beautiful town of Cascais by train where you will have one of the most amazing views over the Portuguese coast.

From Lisbon: Sintra and Quinta da Regaleira Tour

8. From Lisbon: Sintra and Quinta da Regaleira Tour

The driver will collect you from your address and drive to Quinta da Regaleira, the UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Sintra's principal tourist attractions. During the guided tour inside the monument discover the romantic palace, chapel and luxurious park featuring lakes, grottoes, wells, benches, fountains and a vast array of exquisite constructions. Next, take a short walk to historical center of Sintra passing by Lawrence's hotel, the oldest hotel in the Iberian Peninsula. Have free time for shopping, try teh local pastry, take pictures of the thousand-year-old National Palace or just enjoy a walk in the narrow Sintra streets. After, drive through the mountains and stop at Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point in continental Europe. The cliffs are 140 meters high and offer spectacular views of the wild coastline. Continue on with a drive by the coast that takes you to Guincho beach, and then to the elegant Village of Cascais. Take some free time and walk along the bay before returning to Lisbon or another drop off location.  

Lisboa: Surf Lesson

9. 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 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.

From Lisbon: Full-Day Tour of Sintra and Cascais with Locals

10. From Lisbon: Full-Day Tour of Sintra and Cascais with Locals

Travel to the wonderfully preserved city of Sintra on this day trip from Lisbon. Have some free time to explore Pena Palace and see the wonderful views of the National Park and Moorish Castle. Head to the coast to the viewpoint at Cabo da Roca and the seaside resort town of Cascais. Be picked up from our meeting point in Lisbon. Sit back and relax on the scenic drive through the countryside to Sintra. Take some time to explore the vibrantly colored hilltop castle of Pena Palace and admire one of the many views over the National Park and the ocean. Continue to Cabo da Roca where you can stand at the westernmost point of continental Europe. Snap some breathtaking shots of the impressive views of the ocean crashing against the high rocky cliffs. Finally, arrive in Cascais, an elegant seaside resort town on the Portuguese Riviera. Stroll through the lovely city center and check out Cascais’ luxury marina, its charming fishing port, and a restored fort that houses many local craftsmen.

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What people are saying about Guincho Beach

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4.7 / 5

based on 6,258 reviews

We had amazing time on the tour with Ruth. We initially missed the transportation to Pena Palace, but the team was very accommodating and went at a slower pace until we arrived. Ruth was very detailed in her explanations and she made the entire tour fun and engaging. We will definitely be recommending Ruth and team to our friends and family for future tours.

Amazing day trip. Would do it again! The tour guide Ruth (with pink hair) had lots of interesting facts to share with the group, was friendly, made us feel taken care of and of course she had a great sense of humour :)) If I could add more stars to my rating, I would. 100% recommend and worth the money.

Rute was an amazing very personable. She was extremely knowledgeable about every stop we made, giving us little tidbits of associated facts about the surrounding areas and overall history of Portugal. The timeline seemed appropriate for the sites, never really feeling rushed or drawn out at any point.

Agnes and Paulo were fantastic. Agnes was knowledgable, helpful and if we could give her 6 stars we would. She gave us tips for the rest of our travels, she was friendly and respectful. Me and my friends would recommend her for anyone.

This tour was exactly what we were looking for. We saw Cascais, Cabo da Roca, Peña Palace, Quinta da Regaleira, and the town of Sintra. Carlos was fantastic - so knowledgeable, personable, and entertaining. Highly recommend!