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

1. 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

2. 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.

Lisbon, Sintra and Cascais: Full-Day Private Tour

3. Lisbon, Sintra and Cascais: Full-Day Private Tour

Discover the beauty and charm of Sintra and the Lisbon Riviera on a private full-day tour, designed to showcase the best of these magnificent areas. Your experienced guide will lead you on a journey filled with whimsical architecture, breathtaking scenery, and rich history. Start with pickup from your hotel in Lisbon and travel to the center of Sintra, where you will admire the unique and picturesque architecture that has made the town famous. Next, you will visit Sintra Natural Park, a stunning area of unspoiled beauty where you can take in the fresh air and scenic views. One of the highlights of your tour will be a visit to Pena Palace, a stunning example of Portuguese architecture that is perched on a rock overlooking the coast. Admire its enchanting mix of Moorish and Manueline motifs, and learn about the rich history of the palace and the people who lived there. After a morning filled with exploring, it will be time to enjoy a traditional Portuguese lunch, allowing you to sample the delicious local cuisine and rest before continuing your journey. Next, visit Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point in continental Europe, where you can admire the rugged coastline and breathe in the fresh sea air. This breathtaking site provides a sense of the isolation and beauty that the region is known for. The final stop on your tour will be in the elegant resort town of Cascais, once a quiet fishing village that was discovered by European nobility and later became a favorite of the jet set. You will have the opportunity to explore the town’s charming streets and see the sophisticated villas and palaces that make it such a popular destination.

Sintra Full-Day Jeep Safari from Lisbon

4. Sintra Full-Day Jeep Safari from Lisbon

The tour begins with a pick-up at your hotel (Lisbon) and a brief introduction to what you can expect on your journey. Then you will be taken to the Sintra Mountain to enjoy breathtaking and astonishing views of the Coast and the Ocean. Mandatory stops at the highest & emblematic spots such as the Peninha Sanctuary or the most western point of Europe, are the landscape highlights! The magnificent Pena Palace is a "must see", then you will be able to enjoy some free-time in Sintra itself to relax and discover its most intimate secrets.

Sintra Palaces and Cascais Magical Experience Private Tour

5. Sintra Palaces and Cascais Magical Experience Private Tour

Get out of the big city to explore Sintra and the coast line on a custom, private day trip. Relax as you drive through the magical Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, visit Sintra's palaces and enjoy Estoril and Cascais as you go down the coast. Meet your driver in Lisbon and relax in a climate-controlled vehicle on the drive out to Sintra. Continue through the otherworldly forest of Sintra-Cascais Natural Park to reach Sintra. When you arrive in Sintra, visit the city center before heading to the magnificent Pena Palace or the historic Quinta da Regaleira. Stop for an authentic lunch on a local restaurant (not included). After lunch visit one of the two monuments (Pena Palace or Quinta da Regaleira) or any other of your choice. On the way back, visit the most western point in Europe (Cabo da Roca) and Hell's Mouth (Boca do Inferno) as you drive along the coast. See the fisherman coastal towns of Cascais and Estoril and pass by the biggest casino in Europe.

Sintra: City Highlights Guided Tuk-Tuk Tour

6. Sintra: City Highlights Guided Tuk-Tuk Tour

This tour is for those who wish to experience Sintra and Cascais to the fullest. Would you like to tour inside some monuments with an experienced local tour guide? You got it! Do you want to explore unique places that tourists don't travel to because they are outside the mainstream guidebooks? You got it! Do you enjoy eating at non-touristy restaurants run by Portuguese families where you eat local food? You got it! You are going to drive in a high quality and comfortable electric Tuk Tuk with a local tour guide. But perhaps the best thing about doing this tour in Sintra is Daniel with his friendly and personable approach. He truly cares about his guests and goes above and beyond to ensure that they have a memorable and enjoyable experience. Whether you are a history buff, a nature lover, or just looking to have a good time, a tour with Daniel Ponce is sure to be a highlight of your trip in Portugal.

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What people are saying about Sintra

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 2,386 reviews

This was a truly amazing trip during which we got a full Portuguese experience in couple of hours! Awesome off-road jeep ride, hiking, sightseeing, wine and snacks on the beach, meeting people - this trip definitely exceeded our expectations. Martim was a great guide, very laid back and fun to spend time with. He kept on surprising us with new things on the agenda. You should definitely go!

Jose, our tour guide, was wonderful. He was fun, knowledgeable and kind. He was talkative but not annoying. He took great care of us and provided the ins and out of the places we visited. We all had an amazing time because of him. We highly recommend his services to others looking to do this tour.

Excellent adventure with our amazing guide Ruben! The drive west included a bit of off-roaming fun, loved the photo op stop at the westernmost European point overlook, and the hike down to Ursa beach for a picnic was unforgettable. Great memories made - thank you!

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

Best way to see Sintra- so pleasant and convenient. Also can cover much more ground than if trying to use public transport!