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From Lisbon: Sintra, Cabo da Roca & Cascais Ful-Day Tour

1. From Lisbon: Sintra, Cabo da Roca & Cascais Ful-Day Tour

This tour will take you to Sintra, a world heritage site, where medieval streets, castles, palaces, and chalets of diverse architectures coexist, inserted in a natural park that shows plants from diverse parts of the world, forming a vast and magical green forest.  Onwards, travel towards the Atlantic Ocean, to discover Cape Roca, the westernmost point of Europe. Travel along the sea and admire Guincho Beach enormous sand bed, which hosts many international surfing events due to gigantic waves. Pass through Cascais, and Estoril, both famous for their cosmopolitan environment, and finally visit Estoril’s worldly renowned Casino and beautiful gardens. Return to Lisbon driving along the Estoril Coast admiring the breath-taking sight of white sanded beaches along the way.

From Lisbon: Sintra and Cascais Private Guided Tour

2. From Lisbon: Sintra and Cascais Private Guided Tour

The experience begins with pickup from your hotel in Lisbon and heads directly to Queluz National Palace. Admire this impressive 18th century palace and learn about its rich history and former residents. Arrive in Sintra and soak up the authentic atmosphere of this charming village. Visit some of Sintra’s iconic sights, including the stunning Pena Palace and the fascinating Quinta da Regaleira. There’s also time to stop at a local cafe to sample some travesseiros de Sintra (traditional cake.) Continue the tour to Cascais, and wander around this picturesque coastal resort. Marvel at the view from Cabo da Roca, the western-most point in Europe, then feel the fresh air and sea breeze on your skin with a stroll along Guincho Beach. Before the end of the tour, gaze at the rocky formations of Boca do Inferno, then sit back and relax on the return journey to Lisbon.

From Lisbon: 8-Hour Sintra Tour

3. From Lisbon: 8-Hour Sintra Tour

The first stop is at the National Palace of Queluz. Initially a rest stop for the nobility, it later became the official residence of Prince John VI. Its beautiful gardens and rococo architecture dazzle visitors with its sumptuousness. Continue on to the center of Sintra, where you can visit the castle or the National Palace. Walk through the colorful streets of the village, contrasting with the bright green of the mountain. The morning will not end before a stop at the Quinta de Monserrate and Quinta da Regaleira, a fruit mansion imagined by a man in love with the arts.  If you choose the lunch option, you can taste one of the best Portuguese dishes. If not, there is plenty of places for you to eat nearby. The afternoon begins with a visit to the most famous and magical palace on this tour, the Pena Palace. Built 500 meters above sea level, it is considered one of the most beautiful palaces in Europe and in the world. Its colorful architectural extravagance with its neo-Moorish elements gives off an exotic character that is accentuated by the lush vegetation of Pena Park. The return to Lisbon passes through the picturesque village of Cascais, where you have free time to sit by the sea, sip a beer with a seafood dish or eat one of the best ice creams in the world. Back on the road, pass the Estoril coast with its vast and beautiful beaches. In Lisbon, you are returned to your hotel, with the certainty of having spent a memorable day in dreamy locations.

Private Sintra Tour with Cellar Visit & Wine Tasting

4. Private Sintra Tour with Cellar Visit & Wine Tasting

The first stop on your 8-hour tour is the fantastic Palace of Queluz, built in the 18th century as the official royal residence of King Pedro IV of Portugal. Visit the beautiful historic town of Sintra, a UNESCO world heritage site, and discover its picturesque streets, Sintra National Palace, the fountains, the churches, chapels and shrines. Head up to the Moorish castle, where the early construction dates back to the 8th and 9th centuries. From the castle, you’ll have fantastic view of the whole region. The next stop is the Pena Palace, where you’ll see a mix of architectural styles. The palace is one of the best examples of Romanticism of the 19th century. You’ll visit the most westerly point in continental Europe next. From the clifftops you’ll enjoy panoramic views of the beaches and the sea. From the coastal road, you’ll also be able to see the towns of Estoril and Cascais. Stop in Colares at the cellars of Adega Regional de Colares, a wine producer that has been in operation for 2 centuries and one of the most prestigious. Learn about the history of the winery, visit the cellar and taste its unique wines. Next you’ll make a stop to enjoy the town’s unique beach with its famous dunes. This spot has become a sanctuary for surfing, windsurfing and kite surfing. You’ll also visit the charming town of Cascais, a former fishing village that became a royal getaway. Today it is still one of the most attractive destinations for the Portuguese and upscale international travelers due to all that it has to offer, from boutiques and restaurants, to hotels, beaches and more.

Private Sintra Tour with Wine Tasting & Moorish Castle

5. 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.

From Lisbon: Sintra Tour with Queluz Palace Entrance

6. From Lisbon: Sintra Tour with Queluz Palace Entrance

Explore the fantastic Palace of Queluz, built in the 18th Century, the official royal residence of King D. Pedro IV of Portugal. Visit the historic town of Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Admire the picturesque streets, the Sintra National Palace, the fountains, the churches, chapels, and shrines.  Climb to the Moorish Castle where the construction of the first sections of its wall dates from the 8th and 9th centuries. From the castle, you can enjoy a fantastic view of the whole region. Next, stop at the Pena Palace where you can admire a mix of architectural styles in the interior as well as in the exterior. Make sure to have your camera ready to capture the fantastic landscape surrounding the Palace. Discover the most westerly point of continental Europe and marvel at the fantastic view of the sea from the clifftops. Gaze at the beaches and the beautiful towns of Estoril and Cascais. Enjoy a tasting of the best regional wines at Colares in the cellars of Adega regional de Colares. On the way back, have the chance to enjoy this unique beach with its famous dunes. Finally, visit the charming town of Cascais, a former fishing village now filled with boutiques, restaurants, hotels, beaches, and more.

Breathtaking Sintra: Tour from Lisbon

7. Breathtaking Sintra: Tour from Lisbon

Head to Sintra on this 8-hour tour from Lisbon. Stop at the National Palace of Queluz. Initially a rest stop for the nobility, it later became the official residence of Prince John VI. Continue to the center of Sintra and take a walk along its colorful streets. Continue the drive and stop at Quinta de Monserrate and Quinta da Regaleira. After lunch (not included in the tour price), visit the magical Pena Palace. Built 500 meters above the sea, it is considered one of Europe’s most beautiful palaces. Its exotic character is accentuated by the lush vegetation of Pena Park. On the return to Lisbon pass through the picturesque village of Cascais and drive along the Estoril coast.

Sintra Natural Park Full-Day Tour from Lisbon

8. Sintra Natural Park Full-Day Tour from Lisbon

See the whimsical palaces and Moorish castles of Sintra on a full-day tour from Lisbon, and discover why the picturesque town became a magnet for Romantic writers, poets, and artists. Following a pick-up at your hotel in Lisbon, drive to the fantastic Palace of Queluz, built in the 18th century as the official royal residence of King Dom Pedro IV of Portugal. Then, continue to Sintra to explore the picturesque streets and monuments, such as Sintra National Palace. See ornate fountains, churches, chapels, and shrines. Next, climb to the Moorish Castle. With walls that date back to the 8th and 9th centuries. Enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding forests and mountains, before going to Pena Palace to discover a remarkable mix of architectural styles inside and out. Depart Sintra for continental Europe’s westernmost point. Enjoy views of the Atlantic Ocean from Cabo da Roca. Continue along the coast road through picturesque towns such as Estoril and Cascais. See a unique beach, famous for its dunes and a sanctuary for surfing, windsurfing, and kite surfing. En route back to Lisbon, stop at the former fishing village of Cascais, and marvel at how it has become one of the most elegant destinations for the Portuguese and foreign elite, thanks to its boutiques, restaurants, hotels, and golden sand beaches.

Sintra, Cascais and Queluz Palace from Lisbon

9. Sintra, Cascais and Queluz Palace from Lisbon

Start your tour with a visit to the magnificent Queluz Palace, a mixture of baroque, rococo and neo-classicism that resulted in one of Europe’s most beautiful palaces. In Sintra sierra, enjoy the verdant hills, the bubbling springs of crystal-clear water, the parks covered with multitudes of flowers. The old village black stone pavements contrast with the old, colorful houses. Located in the middle of the mountain range, Sintra allows you to enjoy the surrounding fields and reveals the imposing Monte Magno. Visit the charming Pena Palace, the greatest exponent of Portuguese Romanticism. After lunch, continue your tour at “Land’s End”, Europe’s westernmost point, be dazzled by the breath-taking landscape and, after it, enjoy the town of Cascais, where you will have free time to wander the old streets and do some shopping. Return to Lisbon along one of the old continent’s most beautiful roads.

Half-Day Sintra Tour from Lisbon with Transfers

10. Half-Day Sintra Tour from Lisbon with Transfers

Spend half a day visiting Sintra, the capital of 19th-century Romanticism and one of the most picturesque destinations in Portugal. Grand architecture, ancient palaces, gardens, and centenary trees await you on this guided tour from Lisbon. You have a choice of landmarks and attractions that can be worked into a 4-hour program: Keep in mind that these are the possible places to visit, it does not mean that you will visit all the places in the 4-hour tour. Pena Palace – one of the major expressions of 19th-century Romanticism in the world. The Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the 7 Wonders of Portugal. Sintra village – well known for its many 19th-century architectural treasures. The village has been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Castle of the Moors – taken by Christian forces from the Moors after the fall of Lisbon. The medieval castle was an important strategic point during the Reconquista, and classified as a National Monument, part of the Sintra Cultural Landscape, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Guincho Beach – known for its favorable surfing conditions. This is a popular beach for surfing, windsurfing, and kitesurfing. Queluz Palace – one of the last great Rococo buildings to be designed in Europe, the Palace was conceived as a summer retreat for Dom Pedro of Braganza, later to become husband and then king consort to his own niece, Queen Maria I. It served as a discreet place of incarceration for Queen Maria as her descent into madness continued in the years following Dom Pedro's death in 1786. Azenhas do Mar – a seaside town in the municipality of Sintra. Cascais and Estoril – former fishing villages that became royal getaways. Today they are among the most attractive destinations for the Portuguese and foreign elite thanks to an abundance of boutiques, restaurants, hotels, beaches, and much more. Cabo da Roca – the most westerly point in continental Europe. From the clifftops, you’ll enjoy fantastic views of the beaches and the sea. From the road near the coast, you’ll have scenic views of the glamorous towns of Estoril and Cascais.

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What people are saying about National Palace of Queluz

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 561 reviews

Our guide, Renato, contacted us the day before the trip to confirm pick up time and he arrived at our hotel on the dot. We arrived reasonably early at Pena Palace to beat the queues which was great advice. Renato was very knowledgeable and pointed very interesting things out to us which other parties walked past. His enthusiasm was infectious. From Pena Palace we went to Sintra village for some free time and sound advice on where to get the local delicacies and a good coffee. We then enjoyed a scenic tour to Cabo da Roca learning more very interesting facts and then on to Cascais for more free time and lunch with more recommendations. It was a fantastic day trip with a fantastic guide who we couldn't fault.

It was a really nice ride! Miguel took my wife and I to the planned places and helped us manage time at each one so that we could make the most of them. In addition, he was always willing to clarify our doubts about the places visited, adding some curiosities and information about them. Sintra is a little gem, and the Castelo dos Mouros is well worth a visit. Lunch at Praia das Maçãs was pleasant, as was the wine tasting, with surprising labels. Cabo das Rocas impresses, for the notion it gives us of the vastness of the ocean ahead and of the European continent that "ends up" there. Also, it was interesting to get to know Cascais. A great day, with great memories!

Renato was absolutely exceptional. The trip was altered to forest fires (we couldn’t go into Sintra National Park) and still we felt every bit of the magic and history of the area. The trip was comfortable, accommodating, fun, and informative. Renato was very gracious! Thank you!!

There are not enough good words I can say about the experience. Joao was amazing, highly knowledgeable and an outstanding tour guide. He made some adjustments with no problems … everything was planned to perfection … thoroughly enjoyed the tour! Thank you Joao

Request Vasco!! He was absolutely delightful and SO helpful. We loved this experience so much and could not have done it without him. Thank you Vasco!