Sintra-Cascais Natural Park

Sintra-Cascais Natural Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

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

1. 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.

From Lisbon: Full-Day Private Sightseeing Tour of Sintra

2. From Lisbon: Full-Day Private Sightseeing Tour of Sintra

Escape from Lisbon or Cascais and travel to Sintra on a full-day private sightseeing tour. Discover the cultural landscape of Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, at leisure, and take advantage of the flexibility of your itinerary by choosing the sites that interest you most. Admire the city's 19th-century Romantic architecture and consider visiting your choice of Pena National Palace, Quinta da Regaleira, the Castle of the Moors, the Monserrate Palace, or the Sintra National Palace. There will be time to discover two of the above attractions, or more at a faster pace if you love to walk. You may also want to visit a local cafe or bakery to try out traditional Portuguese pastries in Sintra, where you will have some free time.

From Lisbon: Secrets of Sintra and Cascais Private Tour

3. From Lisbon: Secrets of Sintra and Cascais Private Tour

Discover both Sintra and Cascais with the help of an expert local tour guide. Explore the highlights of both villages on a flexible private day tour Start with pickup your accommodation in Lisbon and travel first to Sintra. Decide which monuments you wish to visit in the area, or if you just wish to head to some of the most scenic viewpoints You may visit the Pena Palace, a fairy-tale-like castle perched on a hill overlooking the village. Choose to visit Moorish Castle, which sits next to Pena Palace. Stroll along the walls of this mighty fortress and admire the breathtaking views all around you. Visit Sintra’s National Palace. Of medieval origin, discover its beautiful architecture and historic significance, and iconic chimneys. Explore the Quinta da Regaleira residence, with tons of mystical references, magical gardens, and enigmatic grottoes. Before leaving Sintra, enjoy a special wine-related treat, more will be revealed on the day of the tour. After crossing the mountain, arrive at Cabo de Roca, the most westerly point of mainland Europe. Enjoy the fantastic views of this natural landmark. Follow the beautiful ocean-front roads and white sandy beaches and arrive at Cascais. Explore this charming village which was a regular retreat for the Portuguese Royal Family of past centuries. Afterward, relax on the journey back to Lisbon, with drop-off at your accommodation.

From Lisbon: Pena Palace Visit & Sintra Guided Day Trip

4. From Lisbon: Pena Palace Visit & Sintra Guided Day Trip

On this guided day trip, experience the natural and cultural wonders of Portugal as you travel from Lisbon to Pena Palace. Explore the medieval streets and local cuisine of Sintra Village. Admire the beauty of Roca Cape and Guincho Beach in Sintra-Cascais Natural Park before returning to Lisbon. Your day trip sets out from Lisbon. Relax as you travel to Sintra's Mountain, home to the Pena National Palace of Portugal. Enjoy this prime example of 19th-century Romantic architecture, a UNESCO world heritage site, with elements of Renaissance, Manueline, and Moorish styles. Next, discover the beautiful palace gardens with rare plants and trees from all over the world. Follow the garden trails to the mountaintop, where you can enjoy stunning panoramic views of the peaceful forests and gardens with exotic plants and flowers. Gaze down at the coastline and Lisbon below. Continue your tour in Sintra Village and visit the Historical Center. Wander the streets of this medieval village, taste the "Travesseiros de Sintra" and "Queijadas de Sintra" - both traditional local pastries - and enjoy the magical landscape that has inspired so many artisits, writers, and kings. After lunch, drive along one of Sintra's picturesque roads to Roca Cape, the westernmost point of continental Europe. Experience the breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean as it crashes against high rocky cliffs. Further on, you'll make your way to Cascais. Pause in Sintra-Cascais Natural Park at the beautiful Guincho Beach. Admire the white sand dunes in contrast with the Serra de Sintra hills as the ocean waves pound the sand. Glimpse surfers enjoying the strong swells. In Cascais, also known as the French Riviera, take some time to explore the charming city center and enjoy the elegant ambience of this seaside resort town. Finally, after some leisurely strolling, board the minivan and relax with more beautiful views on the way back to Lisbon.

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

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

Escape Lisbon and go on a full-day, guided journey to some of Portugal’s most popular attractions. Stop at the iconic Nacional Palace in Sintra, the awe-inspiring cliffs of Cabo da Roca, and the ritzy seaside town of Cascais. Your first stop is Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage site with incredible Romanticist architecture, historic estates and villas, and royal palaces and castles. Enjoy time to explore Pena Palace and 1.5-hour of free time to wander around Sintra. 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. 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.

From Lisbon: Sintra and Cascais Natural Park Private Tour

6. From Lisbon: Sintra and Cascais Natural Park Private Tour

Sintra was selected by Portuguese royalty as the place to live. Experience the unique atmosphere of Sintra Natural Park and visit its stunning palaces and villas.  This full-day tour begins with a hotel pick-up in Lisbon and continues with a 30-minute ride to Sintra. The first stop will be Pena Palace, an architectural masterpiece in the European Romantic style. Next on the itinerary is a visit to Sintra Villa. Continue to Roca Cape, the westernmost point in Europe, and then to Guincho, a beautiful white sand beach. The last stop on the tour is Cascais, once a fishing village, and later a resort for European royalty. The Cascais waterfront is now considered the Portuguese Riviera.  

Lisbon: E-bike Trip from the Sintra Mountains to Cascais Sea

7. Lisbon: E-bike Trip from the Sintra Mountains to Cascais Sea

Feel the fresh air from the mountains and the splendor of the Atlantic Sea on high-end e-bikes during this adventurous trip from the Sintra Mountains to the Cascais Sea. This experience welcomes all biking skill levels to discover the natural wonders of Portugal. Start with pick up at your hotel or address in Lisbon, then go to Cascais where the ride starts. Your e-bike will take you effortlessly to all the amazing sights in Cascais and Sintra thanks to its top-of-the-line Bosch motor. Begin the route from Cascais Market and up the Sintra Forest through a path that will lead you to the middle of the countryside, with sheep, horses, and local vegetable gardens. Continue up the forest to reach Peninha Convent at the top with a 360-degree-view of the region. Later, go down Guincho Beach to have lunch (cost not included) and admire the waves. The group will then go to Boca do Inferno (Portuguese for Hell's Mouth) and Cascais’ old town before heading back to where the trip started.

Lisbon: Afternoon Sintra-Cascais Private Tour

8. Lisbon: Afternoon Sintra-Cascais Private Tour

Meet your driver/guide at your hotel or B&B in Lisbon and enjoy the ride to the beach and fishing village of Cascais where you'll have a chance explore the town on your own for one hour. Then you'll head for Cabo da Roca, the most western point of the European continent. Along the way, marvel at the beautiful landscape and ocean views. At the "End of the World" you'll have time to enjoy the views and take some photographs. Next, continue your drive through the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park to Sintra. Here you'll have time to explore the picturesque old town and marvel at the extravagant palaces, ancient castles, and beautiful gardens. Don't forget to try some of the delectable local pastries. Finally, visit Pena Palace with your guide. You'll learn about the colorful palace that was made by an artist king, who spared no effort or money, to please his wife, the ruling queen. Your guide will be sure to point out the best spots to admire the magnificent views. After your visit to the palace, relax and enjoy the ride back to Lisbon and your hotel.

Sintra: Jeep Safari, Sunset Hike, and Tapas at the Beach

9. Sintra: Jeep Safari, Sunset Hike, and Tapas at the Beach

Set off from the meeting point in a convertible Jeep and enjoy great views of the sights and palaces of Sintra as you drive through the town. Head off-road down an unmarked trail and you will reach the westernmost point of continental Europe – the incredible cliffs of Cabo da Roca. Here you’ll start to see the sun going down. From here you begin the hike down to the secret beach It’s a steep route with some twists and turns, but after a half-hour walk you’ll reach the soft, golden sand. Relax on the beach and enjoy some traditional Portuguese ‘petiscos’ (tapas) such as cheese, chouriço, bread, and more. Take a swim in the Atlantic Ocean, or sit back on the beach with a couple of glasses of wine and enjoy the stunning sunset over the ocean.

Lisbon: Sintra, Azenhas do Mar and Cascais Day Trip

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Sintra-Cascais Natural Park

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4.9 / 5

based on 570 reviews

Tomas was a great tour guide. He picked us up and was even outside early. Tomas is very well spoken and knows a lot about his Portuguese history and culture, and is very excited to share it. We had booked two sites to visit, and Tomas was very organized with getting us on time to both sites. He altered the tour when needed and was quite accommodating. I cannot say enough nice things about Tomas. He is great!

The guide was very knowledgeable and eager to share information not only about the places visited, but overall culture, history, landmarks.

Very friendly and accommodating! Loved our time! Very knowledgeable! I would definitely book with him again!

The tour was amazing!! Jaime was accommodating, very knowledgeable and so kind!! He made our day amazing!

Has great time, Miguel was awesome!!! Very knowledgeable and efficient.