Initiation Well, Sintra

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Lisbon: Guided Day Tour of Sintra, Pena, Regaleira & Cascais

1. Lisbon: Guided Day Tour of Sintra, Pena, Regaleira & Cascais

Discover sintra’s beautiful landscape and architecture. Walk the narrow streets of Sintra in your free time and visit the emblematic Quinta da Regaleira with our fantastic tour guide. Its patrimonial importance has led UNESCO to declare it a World Heritage Site, so it is undoubtful a must site to visit due to their countless sculptures, gardens and fountains that you will discover there. You will also learn all the details of the famous Initiation Well, hidden in the northern part of the Quinta. It is a nine-story spiral well that symbolizes the nine circles of hell or paradise. In total, 27 meters that will make your hair stand on end. Take some free time to stroll through Sintra and purchase lunch if you're feeling hungry. Get recommendations on what to see, eat and buy in the area. Afterward, begin a guided tour of the main landmarks of Sintra, and hear about local secrets and stories. Arrive at the romantic Pena Palace in Sintra, which has a profusion of styles much in accordance with the exotic taste of Romanticism, such as Neo-Gothic, along with other Oriental styles such as Neo-Moorish and Indo-Gothic. Explore the ancient castle, which was one of the favorite residences of the royal family throughout the 19th century. Walk through the fairytale-style building and learn about its fascinating history. It is also listed among one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal. Visit the picturesque fishing village of Cascais, linked to the Portuguese royals who summered here. A walk around the promenade will allow you to relax and enjoy the beautiful beaches, mansions, museums and photogenic streets.

Sintra: Quinta da Regaleira Skip-the-Line Ticket +Audioguide

2. Sintra: Quinta da Regaleira Skip-the-Line Ticket +Audioguide

Book a combination of a self-guided audio tour for your smartphone and a skip-the-line entry ticket for the Quinta de Regaleira in Sintra. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site at your leisure. Gain valuable insights into one of Sintra’s main and most well-known attractions. Receive your ticket by email, download the audio tour on your phone, and travel back in time to the glory of the Quinta da Regaleira. Put on your headphones and discover the aquarium, Fountain of Abundance, and greenhouse as well as the castle’s treasures. Benefit from in-depth research combined with original storytelling that will make your visit engaging and informative. Learn historical information and hear lesser-known stories about the 16th-century estate.

Lisbon: Sintra Tour with Pena Palace and Quinta da Regaleira

3. Lisbon: Sintra Tour with Pena Palace and Quinta da Regaleira

Get out of the city and explore fairytale Sintra with a guide on this full-day tour. See the romantic Pena Palace, the last residence of the Portuguese royal family and one of 7 wonders of Portugal and the mythical Quinta da Regalheira. See the westernmost point of continental Europe, Cabo da Roca. Explore the Portuguese Riviera, including Cascais, and Estoril.  Meet your guide by the reception of your Lisbon hotel, and enjoy the relaxed ride through the suburbs of Lisbon aboard an airconditioned van. Arrive in Sintra and begin your tour in the picturesque park, which forms the heart of the UNESCO-listed town.  Explore the Pena Palace.  Admire panoramic views of Lisbon and the Atlantic Ocean from the palace.  Visit the westernmost point of continental Europe at Cabo da Roca. Watch the waves of the Atlantic crash into the cliffs before returning to Lisbon through the vibrant coastal towns of Cascais and Estoril. 

Lisbon: Quinta da Regaleira, Sintra, & Cascais Day Trip

4. Lisbon: Quinta da Regaleira, Sintra, & Cascais Day Trip

On your trip to Lisbon, you must set aside a day to explore the surrounding area. This is a must if you want to leave the city having seen everything. Because although it may not seem like it, Portugal's most impressive treasures are to be found in the surrounding area. Departing from Lisbon, you will have the opportunity to visit many of the most beautiful places in the country. The starting point will be at one of Lisbon's most iconic squares, Pedro IV Square. From there, you'll head to Sintra, where you'll discover all the charms of this marvellous town with the best team of local guides. It will be there where you will see for the first time one of those monuments that impresses everyone who has the opportunity to appreciate it: The National Palace of Sintra will welcome you to the city. Our route will take you to one of the most fascinating stops you can imagine: the Quinta da Regaleira. A priceless jewel that is part of Portugal's historical heritage. For this reason, we are aware that this is one of the must-visit places. Its extraordinary beauty will blow your mind. Quinta da Regaleira has everything to impress its visitors. First of all, its setting. Because few monuments of this style can be found in such a privileged space. Its heritage importance has led UNESCO to declare it a World Heritage Site. For the thousands of tourists who stop here every year, this is undoubtedly the most romantic place in Portugal. And after getting to know the Quinta da Regaleira, it is time to enter one of the most valuable villas in Portugal. And we say this because Sintra will surprise you with its monuments and historical buildings. We will visit the whole town, walking through all its streets and corners, so that you won't miss anything. Arrive at the romantic Pena Palace in Sintra, which has a profusion of styles much in accordance with the exotic taste of Romanticism, such as Neo-Gothic, along with other Oriental styles such as Neo-Moorish and Indo-Gothic. Explore the ancient castle, which was one of the favorite residences of the royal family throughout the 19th century. Walk through the fairytale-style building and learn about its fascinating history. It is also listed among one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal. Once in Cascais, you will discover all the charms that make up this charming town. A landscape that will leave you in awe and streets, houses and monuments that are ideal for getting lost and melting in their beauty. Strolling through the charming old quarter of Cascais, discovering the paradise formed by its beaches. In addition, a stroll along the promenade will allow you to relax while you listen to the sound of the waves of the sea. You will also be able to enjoy the views of its mansions and monuments. Before finishing the excursion, you will also have some free time in Cascais before heading back to Lisbon. Don't hesitate any longer, come with us and spend an unforgettable day!

Lisbon: Sintra, Pena Palace, Quinta Regaleira, Cascais Tour

5. Lisbon: Sintra, Pena Palace, Quinta Regaleira, Cascais Tour

Escape Lisbon city, and discover it's metropolitan area and go on a full-day, guided journey to some of Portugal’s most popular attractions. Stop at the iconic Pena Palace, the awe-inspiring cliffs and Beach, and the seaside picturesque places. Stop in Sintra old Town, a Unesco World Heritage site with incredible Romanticist architecture, historic estates and villas, and royal palaces and castles. Enjoy time to explore Pena Palace and see the great views over Sintra Nacional Park and Moorish Castle, visit Sintra Nacional Palace in the Village or visit Quinta da Regaleira in your free time. Passage in some of the sintra county beaches in the way to Cascais Vilage. And here, admire the views of the westernmost points of continental Europe, like Roca Cape and the Atlantic Ocean from the beach, and take in the impressive views of the ocean crashing against the high rocky cliffs and the natural whitw sand. Enjoy one of the Portuguese Rivieras, Estoril cost with Cascais an elegant seaside area of Lisbon, metropoliten area with its picturesque places and villages where you may stroll through the lovely seaside, fishing ports, and restored houses by many local craftsmen..

Lisbon: Mystical & Romantic Sintra - Pena, Regaleira & Roca

6. Lisbon: Mystical & Romantic Sintra - Pena, Regaleira & Roca

Prepare your intellectual spirit and adventurous soul. Let Sintra Mountain embrace you on this fully guided day trip from Lisbon. Hiking, History, Romance, Pastries, Ocean and Fun, all mixed in a magic blender. Our first stop will be at Pena Palace, where we'll escape the crowds of the main entrance by taking a different way than the one used my most of the travellers. We'll explore Sintra nature with a soft hike in park until the palace. We'll then explore the most beautiful terraces, architecture and history of Pena Palace. For us, the most beautiful is the outside and we don't plan to visit the crowded rooms inside unless we have bad weather conditions. Around lunchtime, we will stop at the Sintra Old Town, close to the National Royal Sintra Palace, where you'll have free time to eat and discover the old town. We'll also visit the mystical Quinta da Regaleira, a scenographic park inviting you to a symbolic initiation journey. We'll explore fountains, caves, the Initiation Well, a labyrinth of secret tunnels and the palace. Along the walks we will share all our love for this mountain, giving you a reliable source of information and local knowledge. The "cherry on top" of this day trip, is the stop by the ocean at Cabo da Roca, discovering some of the coastline secrets along the way. An experience for all, suitable for single travellers, groups or families. Notes: Pick up at Bessa Hotel Liberdade Meals and monuments tickets are not included

From Lisbon: Sintra, Palace of Pena, Regaleira & Cabo Roca

7. From Lisbon: Sintra, Palace of Pena, Regaleira & Cabo Roca

Only tour in Sintra with guided tour inside the main monuments in the same day: Palace of Pena and Quinta da Regaleira. We will visit Serra de Sintra or Mons Lunae as the Romans used to say, where mysticism persists to this day. We'll start with a guided tour of an authentic fairytale palace, Palace of Pena. Then, we will explore the narrow streets of vila de Sintra and give you free time to have lunch and try the typical sweets of the region (travesseiro) in the famous pastry shop "Piriquita". After lunch, we'll head to Quinta da Regaleira where we'll take a guided tour of the Initiatic Well and learn about the history behind its exotic gardens, enigmatic caves and Masonic architecture. We will cross the mountain, passing through the villages around it, to reach Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of continental Europe. ◉ Fast, skip-the-line access to ticket office ◉ Private driver and local guide inside the monuments ◉ Tour is limited to 8 people for a personalized experience

From Sintra: Sintra and Quinta da Regaleira Tour with Ticket

8. From Sintra: Sintra and Quinta da Regaleira Tour with Ticket

Start your day of adventure at the train Station of Sintra. Enjoy a short meet and greet with your guide and head to Sintra Old Town, where you'll discover all the charms of this marvellous town with the best team of local guides. Allow Sintra to surprise you with its monuments and historical buildings. Visit the whole town, walking through all its streets and corners, being sure not to miss anything. Embark on your route that takes you to one of the most fascinating stops you can imagine, the Quinta da Regaleira. See a priceless jewel that is part of Portugal's historical heritage; its extraordinary beauty will blow your mind. Feel the privilege of visiting a such a famous UNESCO World Heritage site, that thousands of people from around the globe visit each year. Before finishing the excursion, your guide will recommend and help you with everything you need during your time in Sintra.

Lisbon: Sintra, Roca, Pena Palace, Quinta da Regaleira Tour

9. Lisbon: Sintra, Roca, Pena Palace, Quinta da Regaleira Tour

Leave the hustle and bustle of Lisbon and discover the hidden secrets of its metropolitan area on this, small group full-day tour to the romantic mysterious and beautiful Sintra, a World Heritage Site. Experience the iconic views at Pena Palace, it's terraces, balconies arrond the Chapel of this ancient monestrary, and breathtaking view points, where may be seen great views over Sintra National Park and the Moorish Castle ( If the preference it's to visit the small interiores also the tickets have to be bogth in advance for 9h30 slot only, online officialwebsite, they run out fast) Venture also into the Sintra countryside and discover some of the most popular attractions. Take home unforgettable memories from this charming day trip. Enjoy the free time to indulge and explore... Walk through the Sintra National Palace of the Village with its historic estates and villas, and royal palaces and castles, to Discover the mystical gardens of the Quinta da Regaleira, passing also near by Seteais Palace today an Hotel, or the Biester Chalet or simply stroll through the Old Town of Sintra with its incredible Romanticist architecture of this Historical center. And after.... Sightseeing to find the Atlantic Ocean, on Cape of Roca the Europeawestern most point. Finish at acient 13th century fishing village of Cascais at the eclectic Estoril cost line of Lisbon Rivera, where in the 19th century te Portuguese royalty and nobles from different nations find this summer resort area, and use as a refuge to be far, far way from the great wars in XXth century, full of glamor and espionage giving inspiration to create characters like James Bond. After here we return to Lisbon downtown or original meeting point.

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

10. From Lisbon: Sintra, Cabo da Roca, & Cascais, Private Tour

Your journey from Lisbon starts at the famous city of Sintra. Sintra is widely acclaimed as one of Portugal's most beautiful destinations, full of gardens, tiled villas, colorful palaces, and neo-Gothic structures, all surrounded by verdant hills rolling toward the Atlantic Ocean. Pena Palace and Park, Marvel at Pena Palace, one of the most magnificent and recognisable tourist attractions of Portugal. The palace exemplifies the 19th century Romanticism style of architecture and stands atop a rocky peak, which is the second highest point in Sintra Hills. Enjoy panoramic views of the peaceful forests and lush gardens covered by exotic plants and flowers. The Palace of Pena was designated a National Monument in 1910 and forms part of the Cultural Landscape of Sintra, which has been classified by UNESCO as World Heritage since 1995. The Castle of the Moors is a hilltop medieval castle located in the municipality of Sintra. Built by the Moors in the 8th and 9th centuries, it was an important strategic point during the Reconquista, and was taken by Christian forces after the fall of Lisbon in 1147. It is classified as a National Monument, part of the Sintra Cultural Landscape, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Alternatively, you may wish to visit - Quinta da Regaleira. / Monserrate Palace. Quinta da Regaleira, The Quinta da Regaleira is a decorative 20th century residence that is situated in the town of Sintra. The grand house is split over five floors and has an ornate gothic façade, but the real attraction is to the rear with the enchanting gardens. The gardens of the Quinta da Regaleira were styled to represent ancient secret orders, with hidden tunnels and concealed symbolism. Continue to Cabo da Roca, One of the most marvelous views in whole Portugal – the westernmost point of Continental Europe “Cabo da Roca”. We will pass through the wonderful Sintra National Park until arriving at Cabo da Roca, the most western point of continental Europe that was mentioned by our acclaimed Luís de Camões as the place "Where the earth ends and the sea begins." It is a place of natural beauty, with imposing cliffs of 150 meters high. Here the landscape is breathtaking and absolute bliss for photography lovers. The next stop is absolutely beautiful rock wall with a very dramatic name – Mouth of Hell (Boca do Inferno). This breathtaking chasm located on a cliff seashore in Cascais will engage you with crashing waves. It is believed this place used to be a cave that over time and by the force of the sea relented and gave rise to the scenario as it is known today. Currently, Boca do Inferno is an open cavity, with a sort of arch where it enters the seawater. Cascais, this town in the 19th century became a favorite summer destination of the European aristocracy. 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 Tune your Tour way back to Lisbon.

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What people are saying about Initiation Well, Sintra

Our Guide Miguel was funny and highly knowledgeable. He interacted well with the very international group and shared cultural connections of interest to the many nationalities present. Both guides were well organized and prepped us well for each stage of the tour so we knew what to expect. And kept us entertained and educated any time we waited in a queue. FYI if you are over 65, you will need to be fit as the bus only goes to the main gates at Peña Palace & Regaleria and you will have an uphill climb at both sites. Without a timed tour it might have been a long wait in line at Sintra as over 30,000 visitors daily enter the sites.

The visit went very well according to the established schedule, thanks to the experience of our guide, Ricardo, who knew how to play with the order of the visits according to traffic. In addition, Ricardo's great knowledge allowed us to acquire knowledge and realize all the historical richness of these places. In short, a very nice experience.

Rute was very informative! Learned a lot about Portugal! Will recommend this tour to all my friends!

We had a lovely trip! Informational and well paced. Our guide Henrique was great.

Great day trip to Sintra - guides were very friendly and knowledgeable