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Sintra & Cascais Full-Day Private Tour

1. Sintra & Cascais Full-Day Private Tour

Discover Sintra, known for its many 19th-century Romantic architectural monuments, which has resulted in its classification as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Surrounded by the mountain which gave name to the town, a granite massif ten kilometres long - considered the Monte da Lua (Mountain of the Moon), or Promontorium Lunae by the strong local tradition of astral cults - emerge abruptly between a vast plain to the north and the northern margin of the Tagus River estuary, winding in a serpentine cordillera towards the Atlantic Ocean and Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of continental Europe. Walk through the historical village centre, enjoy its natural beauty and visit its most proeminent landmarks: the Pena Palace, the Moorish Castle, the Regaleira and Monserrate Palaces. Crossover the mountain to visit the westernmost point of the European mainland and look beyond the Atlantic. In the so called "Portuguese Riviera" discover the city of Cascais and its old town center as well as Estoril, popularly recognized for the Casino Estoril, widely regarded as the Europe's largest casino. Then go by seashore road to Lisbon center and see where the Atlantic meets the Tagus River. The tour is private and available in several car class: Standard, Standard Van, Premium, Luxury Van and Luxury. 

From Lisbon: Half-Day Sintra & Cascais Private Tour

2. From Lisbon: Half-Day Sintra & Cascais Private Tour

Discover Sintra, known for its many 19th-century Romantic architectural monuments, which has resulted in its classification as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Surrounded by the mountains which gave its name to the town, a granite massif ten km long emerges abruptly between a vast plain to the north and the northern margin of the Tagus River estuary. Walk through the historical village center, enjoy its natural beauty and visit its most proeminent landmarks: the Pena Palace, the Moorish Castle, the Regaleira and Monserrate Palaces. Crossover the mountain to visit the westernmost point of the European mainland and look beyond the Atlantic. In the so-called "Portuguese Riviera," discover the city of Cascais and its old town center as well as Estoril, popularly recognized for the Casino Estoril, widely regarded as the Europe's largest casino. Then go by seashore road to Lisbon center and see where the Atlantic meets the Tagus River. The tour is private and available in several car classes: standard, standard van, premium, luxury van and luxury. 

Sintra: Jeep Tour of Regaleira, Cabo da Roca, and Cascais

3. Sintra: Jeep Tour of Regaleira, Cabo da Roca, and Cascais

Climb aboard a vintage Portuguese 4x4 Jeep and get ready for an unforgettable adventure that will tackle the best of the Sintra region. Discover some of the secrets and mysteries of Sintra, see the most beautiful monuments of the region and escape all common tourist traps by going off-road on a fun and cultural experience. You will start your day being picked up at the meeting point and travel directly to Quinta da Regaleira, a palace filled with mystery, metaphors, and underground tunnels. Enjoy an informative, guided visit here. After the visit, you will have an overview of all 5 palaces and the 8th-Century Moorish Castle as you drive. You'll also pass by the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park.  On the way to Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point in mainland Europe, take hidden paths through the park and break at impressive scenic viewpoints to see the beauty of the Portuguese coastline.  At Guincho Beach you'll have the chance to taste the typical, local century-old recipe "Travesseiro" pastry and homemade "Ginja" drink. You will finish your tour around 4.30 PM at the beautiful beach town of Cascais.

Sintra: Self-Drive Tour with Guide Assistance

4. Sintra: Self-Drive Tour with Guide Assistance

Discover all Sintra's monuments and the best spots on a self-drive tour. Together with your guides, plan and organize your route on the GPS to the places you would like to see. This experience is the only one that allows you to have total autonomy to really know Sintra on your way and at your own pace. You drive by yourself in a really fun little electric car for 2 people. Local guides help you find the correct route to follow and give you the best advice for a perfect day in this magical region. Going to Pena Palace, Moorish Castle, Quinta da Regaleira, Seteias palace and Monserrate. Your guides plan and organize your tour according to your interests. If you don't know where to go yet, don't worry. You will have complete tourist assistance to get the best of Sintra. Choose where to stop or visit and enjoy the pleasure of driving an eco-friendly electric car ideal to navigate through the tight streets of Sintra, explore the beautiful surrounding region and have a lot of fun.

Secrets of Sintra and Cascais Private Tour

5. 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.

Private Sintra Tour with Wine Tasting & Moorish Castle

6. Private Sintra Tour with Wine Tasting & Moorish Castle

The first stop is the fantastic Palace of Queluz, built in the 18th Century, which was the official royal residence of the king D. Pedro IV of Portugal.  Visit the beautiful and historic town of Sintra, a UNESCO world heritage site. Discover the picturesque streets, Sintra National Palace, the fountains, the churches, chapels and shrines. Climb to the Moorish Castle (Ticket Included) where the construction of the first sections of its wall dates from the 8th and 9th century. From the castle, you can enjoy a fantastic view of the whole region. It can’t be missed! The next stop is Quinta da Regaleira, one of the most amazing monuments of Sintra. This place is one of the most startling, magical, and mysterious in the area. Explore its tunnels, mazes, and its riddles and symbols that are reminders of the mythology of Olympus, Virgil, Dante, Camões, and of the Knights Templar of the Order of Christ. Next, stop in Colares in the cellars of Adega regional de Colares to have a tasting of the best regional wines. 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 surf, windsurf, and kitesurf.  And of course you can’t leave without visiting the charming town of Cascais. This former fishing village used to be a royal getaway. Nowadays it still is one of the most attractive destinations for the Portuguese and foreign elite thanks to all that it has to offer: boutiques, restaurants, hotels, beaches, and much more.

Sintra: Full-Day Private Monuments Tour from Lisbon

7. Sintra: Full-Day Private Monuments Tour from Lisbon

Spend a full day touring Sintra and admiring some of the most spectacular of Portugal’s castles. Stop at the Moorish Castle with its original sections dating from the 8th and 9th centuries, and enjoy fantastic views of the region. Visit the Pena Palace and admire the mix of architectural styles of its exterior and interior. The Pena Palace is one of the best examples of Romanticism in the 19th century. Next you’ll visit the historic town of Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Sintra National Palace is located in the center of town, and for that reason it is known as the Town Palace. The 2 massive chimneys that protrude from the kitchens have become emblematic of Sintra. Inside, you’ll tour the ostentatiously decorated rooms of the best preserved medieval royal palace in Portugal and the favorite of Portuguese nobility. Quinta da Regaleira, located in the historic center, was built in the early 20th century in the middle of a dense forest, surrounded by gardens, lakes, grottoes, and enigmatic constructions. It is the result of the Romantic, Gothic, Renaissance, and Manueline ideals and of the magical and mythical visions of its owner.

Sintra: Twizy E-Car Rental with GPS Audio Guide

8. Sintra: Twizy E-Car Rental with GPS Audio Guide

Enjoy the flexibility and freedom to explore Sintra the way you want with this Renault Twizy e-car rental and GPS audio-guided tour in one. As you drive, learn about Sintra’s iconic sights from your audio guide that’s available in 7 languages and equipped with free Wi-Fi. The journey in your Twizy e-car starts with a presentation and explanation of routes. After learning how to operate the vehicle, set out on your discovery of Sintra. When you pass monuments along the route, learn the story or legend behind them from your audio guide. Take advantage of a route map with information on where to park and where to take the best photos. During the tour, decide when and where to stop and for how long. Sights along the tour route include: • Sintra’s historic center • Sintra National Palace • Moorish Castle • Pena Palace • Miradouro da Vigia (three hills, three castles) • Quinta da Regaleira • Seteais Palace • Monserrate Palace and Park • Cabo da Roca Rest assured knowing Twizy has the Clean & Safe seal, awarded by Turismo de Portugal.

From Lisbon: Full-Day Private Sightseeing Tour of Sintra

9. 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. Tour 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, the Castle of the Moors, Monserrate Palace, and the Sintra National Palace. Consider exploring the nearby nature as well, including the Sintra Mountains and Sintra-Cascais Natural Park. You may also want to visit a local cafe or bakery to try out traditional Portuguese pastries.

From Lisbon: Half-Day Private Tesla Tour to Sintra

10. From Lisbon: Half-Day Private Tesla Tour to Sintra

Following pickup from Lisbon, begin by visiting the 18th-century National Palace of Queluz and its beautiful gardens. Following that, embark towards the village of Sintra. There you can enjoy a magical atmosphere as you walk around the historical center and discover the Sintra National Palace. Whilst in the village, take the time to try the famous pastries: Queijadas of Sintra and Travesseiros. Climbing among the mystical forests of Sintra, reach the top of the hill to discover the 19th-century Pena Palace. The palace is well adorned with the best pieces of decoration that the royal family left there. Throughout your 4-hour tour from Lisbon to Sintra your independence and autonomy are guaranteed. If you wish to change your route and take an alternative road, simply tell your accommodating driver. Your entire experience is conducted aboard a fantastic Tesla, a totally sustainable and eco-friendly vehicle in which you can save tons of CO2 emissions entering the atmosphere. At the conclusion of your day out, your friendly driver returns you back to your accommodation in Lisbon.

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What people are saying about Castle of the Moors

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,129 reviews

This Tour were excellent! We were lucky to have such a knowledgeable guide that explained in rich details history of the place and Portugal in general. We couldn't get to Palacio de Pena because of the risk of fires that Portugal was having but instead the guide made the best of our trip and took us to see 2 wonderful beaches in Sintra also we saw Quinta da Regaleta and he took us for lunch in a great local restaurante (Toca do Julio). We also went to Cascais and Estoril which was great ! Thank you Rodrigo for such a great tour ! You are the best !

What an amazing experience! Our driver, Tiago B. was outstanding. Friendly, knowledgeable, helpful.....I could keep going on. He made this tour one of the major highlights of our vacation. The car was wonderful and there was always water on hand for us. Tiago's recommendation for lunch was top-notch and we loved that he made the reservations for us. (A wonderful window seat with a beautiful view of the ocean). This is a perfect way to see Sintra and Cascais. Thank you, Tiago!

Our driver, Daniel, picked us up at our AirB&B on time in a comfortable, clean minivan. We wanted to end the day in Sintra rather than return to Lisbon so he organized the trip to fit our needs. Daniel took us to the sights we chose to visit and gave us insightful information about each sight. We were taken to a wonderful local restaurant that we wouldn't have know about other wise. I felt well taken care of and highly recommend this tour.

Nelson was the best guide. He's got personality, patience and paced the day perfectly. He's a humble insider who loves what he does and it showed from start to finish. Wonderful way to see all the palaces and beaches in a short period of time.

Excellent tour, Alex is much more than a guide, he is an excellent travel companion, he has given us a phenomenal tour that I will never forget and that Sintra was closed due to fires