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Lisbon: Pena Palace, Sintra, Cabo da Roca, & Cascais Daytrip

1. Lisbon: Pena Palace, Sintra, Cabo da Roca, & Cascais Daytrip

Escape Lisbon and go on a full-day, guided journey to some of Portugal’s most popular locations stopping at the iconic Pena Palace in Sintra, the awe-inspiring cliffs of Cabo da Roca, and the ritzy seaside town of Cascais. Choose between the shared tour or private tour options. Your journey from Lisbon starts at the famous city of Sintra, whose Romanticist architecture, historic estates and villas, and numerous royal palaces and castles have made it a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy the freedom of choice on whether you want an included entry ticket and tour of the colorful Pena Palace, or whether you prefer to gain some extra free time instead. Arriving early at Sintra means greater chances of avoiding long lines if you choose to go with your guide on a comprehensive tour through its lavish interiors and lush gardens. Marvel at the palace’s fairy-tale-like appearance, beautiful facade and extravagant interior. Next, head over to the center of Sintra and get 1.5-hour of free time to wander on your own. Get recommendations of the city’s must-see locations as well as the best restaurant options for delicious traditional Portuguese dining from your guide. 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. If weather permitting, stop at Guincho beach, whose strong winds and high swells have made it a popular surfing destination. Lastly, arrive in Cascais, an elegant seaside resort town on the Portuguese Riviera. Stroll through the lovely city center and make sure to check out Cascais’ luxury marina, its charming fishing port, and a restored fort that houses many local craftsmen. After your free exploration time in Cascais, relax back on board your air-conditioned vehicle, and admire more breathtaking views of the Portuguese coast as you make your way back to Lisbon.

From Lisbon: Sintra, Regaleira, Cape Roca, and Cascais Tour

2. From Lisbon: Sintra, Regaleira, Cape Roca, and Cascais Tour

Discover Sintra, so-called the “Garden of Eden” by Lord Byron. Tour its paradisiacal streets and gardens and admire the ornate palaces, villas, and estates throughout this colorful city. See Pena National Palace, famed for its romantic architecture and recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site. Located approximately 500 meters above sea level, soak up the stunning city views over Sintra. Continue to Sintra's Quinta da Regaleira and take a guided tour of the palace, lush gardens, lakes, grottoes, and enigmatic constructions. Learn about its connection with the Freemasons and the Knights Templar. Head to Cabo da Roca, the most western point of mainland Europe, passing Guincho Beach. Experience the Portuguese Rivera as you drive along the Estoril Coast and visit the village of Cascais. See why many exiled European royalty choose to live there.

From Lisbon: Sintra, Cabo da Roca, Cascais, & Estoril Tour

3. From Lisbon: Sintra, Cabo da Roca, Cascais, & Estoril Tour

Enjoy a day trip from Lisbon to Sintra, Cabo da Roca, Cascais, and Estoril. Stop at Pena Palace in the Sintra Mountains and at the palace of Quinta da Regaleira. See the first casino in Portugal in Estoril. Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in Lisbon. Relax on the drive to Pena Palace in the Sintra Mountains. Spend some time admiring the vivid colors and 19th-century Romantic architecture of this national treasure. Head to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed historical center of Sintra. Walk through the narrow cobble stone streets and see the charming shops and restaurants. Take a stroll through the Quinta da Regaleira palace park which features lakes, grottoes, wells, fountains, secret passages, mystical symbolism, and a freemason initiation well. Next, travel to Cabo da Roca to see the dramatic coastline a the westernmost point in continental Europe. Continue to the seaside resort town of Cascais. Explore the romantic old buildings in this area which was once a popular summer destination for royals. Finish the tour by passing through the Portuguese Riviera town of Estoril. View the local casino which was thought to be a gathering place for spies in WWII. This inspired the James Bond novel 'Casino Royale.'

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

4. From Lisbon: Sintra, Cascais and Cabo da Roca Coast Day Tour

Escape noisy Lisbon on a visit to nearby sites of natural and architectural beauty. See Sintra's historic center, Pena, Cascais, and more on this day excursion. On this full-day tour, start off with a walk-in Pena Park. Feel like royalty in Pena Palace while your guide explains its history. Marvel at the views of the surrounding landscape and the Atlantic Ocean. Next visit Sintra's historical center. Enjoy lunch or visit the National Palace. Continue on with a drive through the Sintra Mountains. Stop at the great cliffs at Roca Cape, which are the westernmost point of continental Europe. The last stop of the tour is the stylish town of Cascais, where you can take a relaxing walk along the bay before heading back to Lisbon.

Lisbon: Arrábida Natural Park and Sesimbra Day Trip

5. Lisbon: Arrábida Natural Park and Sesimbra Day Trip

Discover Arrabida Natural Park and Sesimbra on a Day Trip from Lisbon. Learn about the history of the region from your expert guide, admire the beauty of the coastline, and visit a Moorish castle, lunch on fresh fish and swim at a hidden beach. Meet your guide at your local Lisbon hotel for your day trip to Arrábida National Park and Sesimbra. Hop aboard your air-conditioned minivan and cross the 25th of April Bridge (Ponte 25 de Abril). Drive for about 40 minutes and arrive at the stunningly green Arrábida Natural Park. Enter the park while learning from your guide the history of this protected region, and reach the cliffs of Meco Beach, where you can admire the beauty of the Western Coastline. Cruise onward to the beautiful cliffs of Cabo Espichel. Here, hop out to see Santuário de Nossa Senhora do Cabo Espichel, a 600-year-old religious site where pilgrims gathered to honor Our Lady of the Cape. Then, snap some clifftop panoramic shots of the stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean. Next, drive to the charming seaside town of Sesimbra, where local fishermen haul in fresh catches from the ocean. Stroll to the Moorish castle and discover its medieval roots. Afterward, stop for lunch (own expense) fresh fish in Sesimbra. Rejoin your guide and continue driving by unmapped roads to explore the Southern Coastline of the Park, where you'll discover St. Margareth's Cave (moderate walking required) and the charming Portinho da Arrábida harbor. Continue by a curvy seaside road, admiring the gorgeous beaches of Arrábida, to Setúbal, where you'll visit the Casa da Baía Center, a historical XVIII century building hosting local products and an interpretative center about the resident dolphin community. Alternatively, spend some free time soaking up the sun and swimming at Galapos, Galapinhos, or Praia dos Coelhos, Arrábida’s hidden golden beaches. After an adventurous day, ride back to your Lisbon hotel where this tour ends.

Cascais: Half-day Fishing Tour

6. Cascais: Half-day Fishing Tour

Meet your crew at Marina de Cascais and get on the high seas. Your captain will sail you to secret fishing spots and teach you how to get the best catch. If this is your first time fishing, don't be afraid, the crew are here to help you.  Boats are all well equipped with everything you could need - all fishing equipment is provided and snacks and drinks will be provided throughout the day.  You will also have the option to grill the catches and eat them onboard. If you would like to choose this upgrade, please select the add-on at checkout. It costs 15€ per person. If you don't want to grill your catch you can take it home with you to cook later.

Lisbon: 3-Hour Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

7. Lisbon: 3-Hour Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

Admire wild dolphins in their natural habitat on a 3-hour journey around Lisbon's coast aboard a speedboat with a marine biologist and a captain. Relax and enjoy stunning views of Lisbon's main monuments, the Estoril Coast, and Cascais from the Tagus River, all while keeping an eye out for playful dolphins. Admire the magnificent views while learning about these incredible marine mammals, and how teams in Portugal are preserving their natural habitat. Feel free to ask your marine biologist any questions about dolphins and marine life throughout the journey.

Lisbon: Half-Day Tour of Sintra

8. Lisbon: Half-Day Tour of Sintra

Tour the rich sights of the UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Landscape of Sintra. Besides the Royal Palace, Sintra Village, and forests of Parque Natural Sintra-Cascais', you'll enjoy authentic Sintra pastry, and Cabo da Roca's spectacular coastal view. Experience an unforgettable afternoon as you head north from Lisbon to the UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Landscape of Sintra. Admire the Royal Palace, the best preserved medieval palace in Portugal. Located in Sintra Village itself, the Royal Palace was inhabited continuously from the 15th century through the late 19th century, and was the summer playground of Portuguese royalty. You'll quickly identify the palace's hallmark conical chimneys, and appreciate the rich collection of azulejos, or glazed tiles. As with the rest of Portugal, Sintra takes its sweets very seriously. Follow the crowd up a narrow nearby street to Piriquita. Since 1862, this popular confectioner and café has served up sumptuous cakes and pastries. The feast of the senses continues as we pass through the lush gardens of Parque Natural Sintra-Cascais, making our way to Cabo da Roca (from 1st March to 31st October), the westernmost point in continental Europe. Then soak in ocean sights as we journey along the coast, passing Guincho Beach, a windsurfing favorite, and Boca do Inferno, a natural grotto created by the sea. Upon reaching Cascais, you'll enjoy the panoramic view overlooking the bay. Then we'll return through Estoril, 'the Protuguese Riviera', with Europe's largest casino and its beautiful gardens.

From Lisbon: Sintra, Pena Palace, and Cascais Full-Day Tour

9. From Lisbon: Sintra, Pena Palace, and Cascais Full-Day Tour

Leave Lisbon and discover some of the area's highlights with a visit to Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and see Pena Palace and Sintra's Historic Center. Travel to Cape Roca to take in the stunning views of the coast and enjoy a local lunch in the fishing village of Cascais. Depart from Lisbon and travel to Sintra, and stop at the Palace of Pena to admire the beautiful architecture and feel the romanticism of the palace as you explore one of the 7 Wonders of Portugal. Move on to the historic center of Sintra, and explore a charming and picturesque town where you can walk and wander the streets and try typical pastries. Absorb amazing views from the Cape of Roca, the westernmost point of continental Europe, gaze out at the vastness of the Atlantic Ocean, and breathe in the fresh air. Travel to Cascais, a local fishing village, and see its historic buildings while wandering the streets. Take two hours of free time to walk around and visit the beautiful beaches. Choose one of the local restaurants and take some time to try the typical local food offered.

Cascais: 2- or 4-hour Sailing Tour

10. Cascais: 2- or 4-hour Sailing Tour

Start your cruise from Cascais, where you can adapt your route according to your preferences. Enjoy the beautiful coastline aboard a new sailboat.  Sail to Cabo the Roca, the most western point of Europe, or relax along the beautiful white sandy beaches of Cascais, Estoril, Parede, Carcavelos, and Oeiras. Drop anchor, enjoy the sun and swim in the clear blue seas. Another suggestion is to sail along Cascais Coast up to Lisbon and visit one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. From the sailing boat, you will have the opportunity to see Lisbon´s most famous monuments and views.

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What people are saying about Cascais

- Changed meeting point worked perfectly and was communicated very well. - Transport with minibus super. - Bus driver was very good. - Tour guide Ruth was great and extremely competent! - Excursions were very nice! - The program is pretty well planned and there is good use of time everywhere. (At least 4 stations) If you want to see the palace from the inside, booking via GYG definitely makes sense - otherwise you'll have to stand forever to get in. The palace corridors and the outside view are worth seeing. It would have been nice to have had a little more time at Cabo da Rocca. (Like I said, lack of time)

The visit to Sintra was excellent. Our guide did a good job in explaining the history and the the significance of Sintra.

Excellent tour. We saw a lot of wonderful sights and truly enjoyed Bruno, our tour guide. Peña Palace was beautiful.

Even though the weather was not the best, we managed to have a fun time

Very knowledgeable guide, perfectly organized tour. I advise!