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Lisbon: Sintra, Azenhas do Mar and Cascais Day Trip

1. 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.

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

2. 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.

From Lisbon: Sintra and Cascais Natural Park Private Tour

3. 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.  

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.

From Lisbon: Sintra Full-Day Customizable Private Tour

5. From Lisbon: Sintra Full-Day Customizable Private Tour

Get out of the big city to explore Sintra on a custom, private day trip. Relax as you drive through the magical Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, see Estoril and Cascais as you go down the coast, and visit Sintra's palaces. Meet your driver in Lisbon and relax in a climate-controlled vehicle on the drive out to Sintra. As you drive along the coast, see the quaint coastal towns of Cascais and Estoril. Continue through the otherworldly forest of Sintra-Cascais Natural Park to reach Sintra. When you arrive in Sintra, visit the monuments you feel drawn to. See the magnificent Pena Palace or the historic Quinta da Regaleira. Stop for an authentic lunch (not included) before heading to the National Palace. Choose your own itinerary in Sintra and enjoy a personalized, romantic experience in this beautiful town before returning to Lisbon with your private driver.

Lisbon, Sintra and Cascais: Full-Day Private Tour

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

See the best of Sintra and the Lisbon Riviera on a private full-day tour. Discover the whimsical architecture of Sintra’s town center and Sintra Natural Park. Visit Pena Palace, perched on a rock overlooking the coast. Admire its mix of Moorish and Manueline motifs. Stop for a traditional Portuguese lunch before visiting Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point in continental Europe. See the elegant resort town of Cascais. This one-time quiet fishing village was discovered by European nobility and later became a favorite of the jet set.

Sintra: Beaches and Colares Tasting Tour

7. Sintra: Beaches and Colares Tasting Tour

At beginning of your private tour, you will be picked up at your accommodation at 10:00 AM, where you will meet your friendly guide for the day. Sintra is not just the magical, mountainous villa people know of but it's also a whole council of 319,2 km² that includes an amazing coastline, with more than a dozen natural beaches, and a vast area of rural villages with lots of traditions. This tour aims to show you not just Sintra's center, but also the less-visited places in this region, that are true gems ready to be discovered. From Sintra's mountain, you then head to the beautiful countryside following the century old tram line, until you reach Colares, where life is simple and agriculture predominates, as well as wine making. Colares has the oldest wine seller in the country and you will be taken there for a brief visit, before getting to know Portugal's wine traditions a little better. From the wine cellar, you head across the winding road trail to some of the stunning Portuguese beaches such as Praia Grande and Praia Pequena, before stopping at Azenhas do Mar. Located between the ocean and a big cliff, this small town has a heavenly location and is among the most appreciated and exciting beaches in Europe. You will also stop at Adraga Beach, another of Sintra's gems, so you can catch the ocean breeze and relax a little, while overlooking the wild scenery. From there, you go to Cabo da Roca – the most western point in Europe, where the ocean clashes with land in perfect harmony. A true picture perfect location, with stunning and breathtaking views you will never forget.   Along this amazing exclusive Tour we will do various stops for tasting a wide variety of Portuguese wines! From Green & White to Red (not forgetting the famous Rosé) , from outside tasting to a cozy winery and vineyard routes you will get a proper inside to the wine traditions in Portugal. And of course all you wish and need to know told by a wine enthusiast aka our Wonder Guide! And of course so the gastronomical experience is complete, we prepare for you a especially Portuguese table of “petiscos” (what the Spanish call “tapas”), including the tastiest cheeses, “chouriços” made in front of you, jams and much more!

Arrábida and Sintra: Full-Day Private Wine Tour

8. Arrábida and Sintra: Full-Day Private Wine Tour

After pick-up from your hotel, leave Lisbon via the 25 de Abril bridge, heading towards the Arrábida ridge. Climb up to the top of the Serra da Arrábida. You will have no words to describe the incredible landscape presented in front of you! To the north you will be able to see the entire city of Lisbon, the mountains of S. Luís, S. Francisco, Louro and Gaiteiros. And to the south, the crystal clear blue sea, the islets, the Tróia peninsula and the city of Setúbal. The next stop will be one of the oldest wineries in the region, which started activity in 1914. Being a family business, this winery is now on its fourth generation. The winery produces some famous wines, ranging from table wines to demarcated wines (with Designation of Origin). Here you will have the opportunity to sample typical regional products in addition to the traditional wine tastings. Next visit Sintra, the capital of romanticism and one of the most picturesque and beautiful villages in Portugal. The monuments have impressive architecture, full of stories and unraveling mysteries. Gardens, centenary trees and ancient palaces in a truly unique environment await you. Stop in Colares in the cellars of Adega regional de Colares, with two centuries of history and one of the most prestigious in Lisbon. Here you can enjoy the history of the winery, visit the cellar and taste its unique wines. On the way back, have the chance to enjoy a unique beach with its famous dunes - a real sanctuary for surfing, windsurfing and kite surfing. 

Arrábida and Sintra: Two Magic Mountains Day Tour

9. Arrábida and Sintra: Two Magic Mountains Day Tour

The Arrábida National Park extends over an area that covers the municipalities of Setúbal, Palmela and Sesimbra. Come and discover the beauty of the Arrábida mountains, with their unique fauna and vegetation, and their striking landscapes. Enjoy a walk along the incredible beaches with their crystal-clear water. Serra da Arrábida – A climb up to the top of the ridge. You will have no words to describe the incredible landscape presented in front of you! To the north you will be able to see the entire city of Lisbon, the mountains of S. Luís, S. Francisco, Louro and Gaiteiros. And to the south, the crystal clear blue sea, the islets, the Tróia peninsula and the city of Setúbal. The climb down will be through Portinho da Arrábida, s paradisiacal beach with crystal clear water and white sand in the mouth of the river Sado. It can’t be missed! Next cross the 25 de Abril bridge and visit the beautiful and historic town of Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover the picturesque streets, the Sintra National Palace, the fountains, the churches, chapels and shrines.  Next, discover the most western point of continental Europe. From the cliff tops, enjoy the fantastic view of the beaches and the sea. From the road near the coast, you can gaze at the beaches and the beautiful towns of Estoril and Cascais. On the way back, have the chance to enjoy this unique beach with its famous dunes - a real sanctuary for surfing, windsurfing and kite surfing. 

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4.8 / 5

based on 2,386 reviews

We had such an amazing time on this tour! We were picked up from our hotel promptly in a beautiful new Mercedes and were provided waters. Our tour guide, Ligea, was incredibly accommodating, very informative, and made sure we had all the tickets we needed the day before so we could skip the crowds and not wait in any lines! She also gave us free time in the different areas so we could explore on our own, made us a lunch reservation at an amazing spot right on the water, and gave us options to choose what we wanted to see! I will be recommending this tour to anyone that comes to Lisbon - it is an absolute MUST DO and Ligea was absolutely incredible!!

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!

Our guide, Ligea was outstanding. We were mainly interested in visiting the gardens and outdoor trails and paths in Sintra We also were able to tour Quinta da Regalia and admire the architecture of the palaces. Finally, we took a wonderful drive to Cascais. Our guide tailored the tour to our interests.

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!