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From Lisbon: Sintra, Cabo da Roca & Cascais Ful-Day Tour

1. From Lisbon: Sintra, Cabo da Roca & Cascais Ful-Day Tour

This tour will take you to Sintra, a world heritage site, where medieval streets, castles, palaces, and chalets of diverse architectures coexist, inserted in a natural park that shows plants from diverse parts of the world, forming a vast and magical green forest.  Onwards, travel towards the Atlantic Ocean, to discover Cape Roca, the westernmost point of Europe. Travel along the sea and admire Guincho Beach enormous sand bed, which hosts many international surfing events due to gigantic waves. Pass through Cascais, and Estoril, both famous for their cosmopolitan environment, and finally visit Estoril’s worldly renowned Casino and beautiful gardens. Return to Lisbon driving along the Estoril Coast admiring the breath-taking sight of white sanded beaches along the way.

From Lisbon: 8-Hour Sintra Tour

2. From Lisbon: 8-Hour Sintra Tour

The first stop is at the National Palace of Queluz. Initially a rest stop for the nobility, it later became the official residence of Prince John VI. Its beautiful gardens and rococo architecture dazzle visitors with its sumptuousness. Continue on to the center of Sintra, where you can visit the castle or the National Palace. Walk through the colorful streets of the village, contrasting with the bright green of the mountain.  The morning will not end before a stop at the Quinta de Monserrate and Quinta da Regaleira, a fruit mansion imagined by a man in love with the arts.  If you choose the lunch option, you can taste one of the best Portuguese dishes. If not, there is plenty of places for you to eat nearby.  The afternoon begins with a visit to the most famous and magical palace on this tour, the Pena Palace. Built 500 meters above sea level, it is considered one of the most beautiful palaces in Europe and in the world.  Its colorful architectural extravagance with its neo-Moorish elements gives off an exotic character that is accentuated by the lush vegetation of Pena Park. The return to Lisbon passes through the picturesque village of Cascais, where you have free time to sit by the sea, sip a beer with a seafood dish or eat one of the best ice creams in the world. Back on the road, pass the Estoril coast with its vast and beautiful beaches. In Lisbon, you are returned to your hotel, with the certainty of having spent a memorable day in dreamy locations.

From Lisbon: Sintra and Cascais Private Guided Tour

3. From Lisbon: Sintra and Cascais Private Guided Tour

The experience begins with pickup from your hotel in Lisbon and heads directly to Queluz National Palace. Admire this impressive 18th century palace and learn about its rich history and former residents. Arrive in Sintra and soak up the authentic atmosphere of this charming village. Visit some of Sintra’s iconic sights, including the stunning Pena Palace and the fascinating Quinta da Regaleira. There’s also time to stop at a local cafe to sample some travesseiros de Sintra (traditional cake.) Continue the tour to Cascais, and wander around this picturesque coastal resort. Marvel at the view from Cabo da Roca, the western-most point in Europe, then feel the fresh air and sea breeze on your skin with a stroll along Guincho Beach. Before the end of the tour, gaze at the rocky formations of Boca do Inferno, then sit back and relax on the return journey to Lisbon.

Private Sintra Tour with Cellar Visit & Wine Tasting

4. Private Sintra Tour with Cellar Visit & Wine Tasting

The first stop on your 8-hour tour is the fantastic Palace of Queluz, built in the 18th century as the official royal residence of King Pedro IV of Portugal. Visit the beautiful historic town of Sintra, a UNESCO world heritage site, and discover its picturesque streets, Sintra National Palace, the fountains, the churches, chapels and shrines. Head up to the Moorish castle, where the early construction dates back to the 8th and 9th centuries. From the castle, you’ll have fantastic view of the whole region. The next stop is the Pena Palace, where you’ll see a mix of architectural styles. The palace is one of the best examples of Romanticism of the 19th century. You’ll visit the most westerly point in continental Europe next. From the clifftops you’ll enjoy panoramic views of the beaches and the sea. From the coastal road, you’ll also be able to see the towns of Estoril and Cascais. Stop in Colares at the cellars of Adega Regional de Colares, a wine producer that has been in operation for 2 centuries and one of the most prestigious. Learn about the history of the winery, visit the cellar and taste its unique wines. Next you’ll make a stop to enjoy the town’s unique beach with its famous dunes. This spot has become a sanctuary for surfing, windsurfing and kite surfing. You’ll also visit the charming town of Cascais, a former fishing village that became a royal getaway. Today it is still one of the most attractive destinations for the Portuguese and upscale international travelers due to all that it has to offer, from boutiques and restaurants, to hotels, beaches and more.

Sintra: Full-Day Tour from Lisbon with Wine Tasting

5. Sintra: Full-Day Tour from Lisbon with Wine Tasting

After a pick-up at your hotel in Lisbon the first stop on your full-day tour will be the fantastic Palace of Queluz, built in the 18th century as the official royal residence of King Dom Pedro IV of Portugal. Visit the lovely and historic town of Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire the picturesque streets, Sintra National Palace, and the fountains, churches, chapels, and shrines. Climb to the Moorish Castle, where the walls date to the 8th and 9th centuries. From the castle, you’ll have fantastic views of the whole region. The next stop is the Pena Palace, where you’ll see a mix of architectural styles in the interior as well as the exterior. The Palace is one of the best examples of Romanticism dating from the 19th century. Next you’ll visit the most westerly point in continental Europe, where from the cliff tops you’ll enjoy fantastic views of the beaches and the sea. From the road near the coast, you’ll be able to see the picturesque towns of Estoril and Cascais. Stop in Colares to taste some of the best regional wines as well as other regional specialties. On the return trip, you’ll have a chance to enjoy this unique beach with its famous dunes. The site is a real sanctuary for surfing, windsurfing, and kite surfing. And of course you can’t leave the area without visiting the charming town of Cascais. This former fishing village became a royal getaway, and today still is one of the most attractive destinations for the Portuguese and foreign elite thanks to its boutiques, restaurants, hotels, beaches, and much more.

Half-Day Sintra Tour from Lisbon with Transfers

6. Half-Day Sintra Tour from Lisbon with Transfers

Spend half a day visiting Sintra, the capital of 19th-century Romanticism and one of the most picturesque destinations in Portugal. Grand architecture, ancient palaces, gardens, and centenary trees await you on this guided tour from Lisbon. You have a choice of landmarks and attractions that can be worked into a 4-hour program: Keep in mind that these are the possible places to visit, it does not mean that you will visit all the places in the 4-hour tour. Pena Palace – one of the major expressions of 19th-century Romanticism in the world. The Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the 7 Wonders of Portugal. Sintra village – well known for its many 19th-century architectural treasures. The village has been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Castle of the Moors – taken by Christian forces from the Moors after the fall of Lisbon. The medieval castle was an important strategic point during the Reconquista, and classified as a National Monument, part of the Sintra Cultural Landscape, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Guincho Beach – known for its favorable surfing conditions. This is a popular beach for surfing, windsurfing, and kitesurfing. Queluz Palace – one of the last great Rococo buildings to be designed in Europe, the Palace was conceived as a summer retreat for Dom Pedro of Braganza, later to become husband and then king consort to his own niece, Queen Maria I. It served as a discreet place of incarceration for Queen Maria as her descent into madness continued in the years following Dom Pedro's death in 1786. Azenhas do Mar – a seaside town in the municipality of Sintra. Cascais and Estoril – former fishing villages that became royal getaways. Today they are among the most attractive destinations for the Portuguese and foreign elite thanks to an abundance of boutiques, restaurants, hotels, beaches, and much more. Cabo da Roca – the most westerly point in continental Europe. From the clifftops, you’ll enjoy fantastic views of the beaches and the sea. From the road near the coast, you’ll have scenic views of the glamorous towns of Estoril and Cascais.

From Lisbon: Sintra Tour with Queluz Palace Entrance

7. From Lisbon: Sintra Tour with Queluz Palace Entrance

Explore the fantastic Palace of Queluz, built in the 18th Century, the official royal residence of King D. Pedro IV of Portugal. Visit the historic town of Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Admire the picturesque streets, the Sintra National Palace, the fountains, the churches, chapels, and shrines.  Climb to the Moorish Castle where the construction of the first sections of its wall dates from the 8th and 9th centuries. From the castle, you can enjoy a fantastic view of the whole region. Next, stop at the Pena Palace where you can admire a mix of architectural styles in the interior as well as in the exterior. Make sure to have your camera ready to capture the fantastic landscape surrounding the Palace. Discover the most westerly point of continental Europe and marvel at the fantastic view of the sea from the clifftops. Gaze at the beaches and the beautiful towns of Estoril and Cascais. Enjoy a tasting of the best regional wines at Colares in the cellars of Adega regional de Colares. On the way back, have the chance to enjoy this unique beach with its famous dunes. Finally, visit the charming town of Cascais, a former fishing village now filled with boutiques, restaurants, hotels, beaches, and more.

Lisbon: Queluz, Mafra, Azenhas do Mar & Cabo da Roca Tour

8. Lisbon: Queluz, Mafra, Azenhas do Mar & Cabo da Roca Tour

Discover the area northwest of Lisbon and see the highlights off the beaten tourist path. Visit the Palace of Queluz, whose gardens and ground are an exceptionally-beautiful example of 18th-century Portuguese architecture. The palace was built for Peter III of Portugal, prince consort of Queen Maria I (1734-1816), as a royal residence. Many rooms are in a Rococo style, like the ornate throne room with mirrored walls and beautiful gilded woodwork. Admire the gardens with lovely fountains and ornamental ponds and a collection of sculptures around the Neptune Garden and pond. Then visit the Palace of Mafra. The largest castle and cloister complex in Portugal with over 4,700 windows and doors, the Palace of Mafra is approximately 50 kilometers north of Lisbon in Mafra. See the impressive 220-meter-long façade. The palace is approximately 38,000 m², with 1,200 rooms and 156 staircases. Learn all about the church with its 2 fascinating glockenspiels with 48 bells from Antwerp. Continue along the foot of the Sintra Mountains to Azenhas do Mar. Discover an incredible town right on the cliffs, a true postcard picture and destination for artists. See Cabo da Roca, the western-most point of continental Europe, to the west of Lisbon and 140 meters above sea level. The Portuguese national poet Luis de Camões described the place with the following words: "Here, where the land ends and the sea begins..." Then head over the shifting sand dunes of Guincho along the Sintra-Cascais Nature Park back to Lisbon.

Sintra Natural Park Full-Day Tour from Lisbon

9. Sintra Natural Park Full-Day Tour from Lisbon

See the whimsical palaces and Moorish castles of Sintra on a full-day tour from Lisbon, and discover why the picturesque town became a magnet for Romantic writers, poets, and artists. Following a pick-up at your hotel in Lisbon, drive to the fantastic Palace of Queluz, built in the 18th century as the official royal residence of King Dom Pedro IV of Portugal. Then, continue to Sintra to explore the picturesque streets and monuments, such as Sintra National Palace. See ornate fountains, churches, chapels, and shrines. Next, climb to the Moorish Castle. With walls that date back to the 8th and 9th centuries. Enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding forests and mountains, before going to Pena Palace to discover a remarkable mix of architectural styles inside and out. Depart Sintra for continental Europe’s westernmost point. Enjoy views of the Atlantic Ocean from Cabo da Roca. Continue along the coast road through picturesque towns such as Estoril and Cascais. See a unique beach, famous for its dunes and a sanctuary for surfing, windsurfing, and kite surfing. En route back to Lisbon, stop at the former fishing village of Cascais, and marvel at how it has become one of the most elegant destinations for the Portuguese and foreign elite, thanks to its boutiques, restaurants, hotels, and golden sand beaches.

Breathtaking Sintra: Tour from Lisbon

10. Breathtaking Sintra: Tour from Lisbon

Head to Sintra on this 8-hour tour from Lisbon. Stop at the National Palace of Queluz. Initially a rest stop for the nobility, it later became the official residence of Prince John VI. Continue to the center of Sintra and take a walk along its colorful streets. Continue the drive and stop at Quinta de Monserrate and Quinta da Regaleira. After lunch (not included in the tour price), visit the magical Pena Palace. Built 500 meters above the sea, it is considered one of Europe’s most beautiful palaces. Its exotic character is accentuated by the lush vegetation of Pena Park. On the return to Lisbon pass through the picturesque village of Cascais and drive along the Estoril coast.

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What people are saying about Queluz

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 516 reviews

The day with our guide, Antoine (French-Portuguese guide) went very well! He picked us up from our hotel in a mini-van. He was considerate and attentive to our requests and needs. The trip went well. Antoine made sure to give us a lot of historical/social facts about the places we visited (he is a real history buff). The visit to Sintra was great (starting with the gardens, a special moment before the rush of the visit to the monastery/palace). We ate tapas with Antoine in Sintra. We took small roads to get to the most western point of continental Europe (Cabo da Roca) and had a few minutes to take pictures (10/15 minutes). Finally, we arrived in Cascais, the Saint-Tropez of Portugal. There, we had more than an hour to walk around, advised by Antoine on the places to discover. Antoine, a huge thank you for your kindness and for this unforgettable day!

A great tour! We loved our guide, Renato, and really enjoyed our time even though the highlight of the tour, the palace at Sintra was closed due to fire danger. I enjoyed getting to choose our own lunch with the guide’s suggestions. Great balance of break and guided timing, great and interesting information and beautiful tour. Absolutely worth it!

Nice tour with a very knowledgeable guide, Renato. Most of the time we spent in Sintra, visiting the castle and having lunch in the city center. In the afternoon The rest. I think for the price of the tour I would add at least the included lunch or the ticket to visit the castle since we queued to pick it up there.

Eduardo picked us up in a long taxi - not much guidance, more of a paid chauffeur with some insights. But he was very flexible and patient and a great driver so we were happy. He let us detour to the Monserrate Palace which we absolutely loved.

Sintra is a nice small town with a big history with the castles around.Definitely it is must see in Portugal. Wine tasting was amasing,you can try a really rare wines from a special terroir from old wineyard.Special thanks to Jose,our guide.