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From Lisbon: Best of Sintra and Cascais Guided Day Tour

1. From Lisbon: Best of Sintra and Cascais Guided Day Tour

Escape the hustle and bustle of Lisbon on a full-day tour of Sintra and Cascais, 2 small villages within easy access of the city center, and located in an area of protected natural beauty. Following a pick-up from your hotel, drive to Sintra Hills, home to fairytale palaces and castles. Look inside Pena Palace, considered one of the most beautiful castles in Europe. Enjoy a pleasant walk in the grounds, and admire views of Lisbon on the horizon from its balconies. Next, explore the picture-postcard village of Sintra, stopping to taste the local pastries and shop for souvenirs. Continue to Cabo da Roca to stand at the westernmost point of mainland Europe. Drive down narrow roads far from the tourist crowds. Travel along the coast road, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Tagus River. En route, stop at the fishing village of Cascais, transformed into a home for kings-in-exile and a site of espionage during World War II. Return to Lisbon along the magnificent Avenida Marginal, enjoying views of the Estoril Coast along the way.

Sintra: Walking Tour with Palace, Castle, and Old Town Visit

2. Sintra: Walking Tour with Palace, Castle, and Old Town Visit

Meet at the local supplier's office in Sintra which is located a one-minute walk from Sintra train station. On arrival at the office, you can view the big wall topographic map of the region that shows all the options of the walking tour. In a small briefing, design your personalized walk through Sintra town. Then, start your walk through the picturesque tracks with some views. Chat about the history, legends, morphology, and vegetation. Visit a Moorish castle, archaeological site, Pena Palace and gardens, Chalet of the Countess, Villa Sasseti, and historic center of Sintra. You can choose different monuments and paths according to your physical condition.

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

3. 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, at Martim Moniz Square in central Lisbon. You’ll 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, and 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 at 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 north-east. Returning to the centre 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 windsurf 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 Bike Tour With Lunch and 2 Attractions

4. From Lisbon: Sintra Bike Tour With Lunch and 2 Attractions

Near to Lisboa lies the small town of Sintra, one the most fascinating places in Portugal. Dare to step into this enchanted world of palaces, chapels, shrines, convents and castles, in the midst of ridges forests and fountains. You will figure out why Sintra is a cultural and natural amusement park. After a little adventure, you sit down to have lunch. Come on this incredible adventure through the world of sintra, embark from Lisbon. You have to complete your trip to Portugal with a visit to the mysterious town of Sintra. Sintra is a mystery, that's how the locals describe this place. Sintra is a true magnet of energy, an incredible place full of shrines, temples, and castles in the middle of a dense mountain range facing the North Atlantic. Leave everything to your guide who will prepare your mountain electric-bike and everything you will need. Lunch will be ready for you and the tickets for Quinta da Regaleira and Convento dos Capuchos are already included.

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

5. 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.

Sintra and the Amazing Dream Villages Tour

6. Sintra and the Amazing Dream Villages Tour

In a quiet environment a few minutes from the capital, explore a great selection of the best villages near Sintra. The fact that these villages continue to have unusual life habits, they recreate the way of life of Portugal's ancestors, preserved through smells, colors, and traditions. Visit the charming Azenhas do Mar, a village that has become one of the most famous Portuguese tourist spots. Discover the village of Penedo, perched high on a hillside still home to traditional houses. Walk along its steep and winding streets and alleys. It is a treasure of the traditional architecture of the saloia region. Visit secret villages where you will feel like you are in an open-air museum, where the way of life of Portugal's ancestors is preserved. Travel back in time in the village of José Franco. Get to know a local man's dream that recreated a village of ethnographic character, a testimony to the way of life of the ancient local people.

Sintra World Heritage and Cascais Village Tour

7. Sintra World Heritage and Cascais Village Tour

Visit Sintra and Cascais in a single day. Enjoy a great combination of the best natural sights and historical places with a knowledgeable and experienced local guide.   Discover one of the most remarkable historical cities of Portugual: Sintra Village, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll also see the romanticist Pena National Palace, standing at the top of a peak in the Sintra mountains.   Then, travel through a densely forested mountain and its medieval villages to reach the immense Portuguese coastline. Here, you’ll find astonishing landscapes, dramatic cliffs by the ocean and long beaches with beautiful sand dunes. You’ll feel the breeze on the coastline of the westernmost extent of mainland Portugal, continental Europe and the Eurasian land mass. Here, you’ll visit the ancient fishing village of Cascais and its picturesque architecture and narrow streets. Enjoy this tour’s unique opportunity to expand your knowledge with this unique day trip experience!

Sintra: Kingdom of Love Private Walking Tour with Historian

8. Sintra: Kingdom of Love Private Walking Tour with Historian

The tour begins in the Historic Center of Sintra where you meet your expert guide for the day, a local historian. Listen to an insightful introduction about the region and a selection of romantic stories set here. With your guide, go off-the-beaten-track into a quieter part of the area. Climb the hills and wander through the woodlands as you discover romantic meeting-spots from the 18th and 19th centuries, documented through historic literature and personal memoirs. Along the way, stop at a number of view points to admire the stunning surrounding landscapes and marvel at the nearby monuments including Pena Palace, Quinta da Regaleira, and Sintra National Palace. On the return part of the route, visit, from the outside, a number of houses and villas that reflect Sintra’s Romanticism era and hear the tales of the people who once lived here.

Lisbon: Sintra Highlights Smartphone Exploration Game

9. Lisbon: Sintra Highlights Smartphone Exploration Game

Explore the romantic streets of the Sintra neighborhood in Lisbon as you follow clues and solve puzzles on your phone. See some of the local sights at your own pace. Go to the starting point at Sintra's train station for your first puzzle. Watch the story unfold as you move between locations solving each challenge. Take time to discover the sights at each location. You can pause the game and come back to it at any point. Use the app's navigation to get from place to place. See some local attractions, find out what happens in the story, and learn some interesting facts about the famous people and events of Sintra along the way.

Sintra: Half-Day Forest Hike and Picnic

10. Sintra: Half-Day Forest Hike and Picnic

See a different side of Sintra with a hike into the mountainous forests that surround the town. Look out for historic landmarks alongside the natural beauty of the area. Drive through Sintra town, then turn off-road to reach the incredible 12th-century Santuario de Peninha. From the convent on the hill take in the expansive views that stretch all the way to Cascais, Lisbon, and Sintra. Begin the two-hour hike into the forest. Note the variety of plants, pines, and ferns that thrive in the area. Hike to a megalithic structure that has been labelled as ‘Portugal’s Stonehenge’. The structure sits 426 meters above sea level and its origins are a mystery (but your guide can offer some theories). Sample some Portuguese snacks whilst you rest and listen to interesting facts about your surroundings.

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What people are saying about Sintra

Ricardo was wonderful. Great tour. Saw a lot. It ended up being closer to 8 hours vs. 6. You don't get close to the yellow castle, like in the picture, but you see lots of others and beautiful countryside. Highly recommend it.

I came alone, I had a great time with my guide who was very friendly and interesting. I learn a lot about the flora of the area, the history and the architecture. Definitely recommend!

John was a fantastic Guide. I really enjoyed taking in these sights. And learning more about the history and present day culture. Definitely recommend this trip!

John was a great guide! He was so knowledgeable and answered all of our questions. He knew how to avoid crowds and get us to our destination the best way.

The best experience in Lisbon ! Nounou the guide was amazing The trip was fantastic