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Sintra: Pena Palace and Park Entrance Ticket

1. Sintra: Pena Palace and Park Entrance Ticket

The palace is situated in the eastern part of the Park of Pena, which one has to pass through to reach the steep ramp built by the Baron of Eschwege that provides access to the castle-like building. The palace itself is composed of two wings: the former Manueline monastery of the Order of St. Jerome and the wing built in the 19th century by King Ferdinand II. These wings are ringed by a third architectural structure that is a fantastical version of an imaginary castle, whose walls one can walk around and which comprises battlements, watchtowers, an entrance tunnel and even a drawbridge. In 1838, King Ferdinand II acquired the former Hieronymite monastery of Our Lady of Pena, which was built by King Manuel I in 1511 on the top of the hill above Sintra and had been left unoccupied since 1834 when the religious orders were suppressed in Portugal. The monastery consisted of the cloister and its outbuildings, the chapel, the sacristy and the bell tower, which today form the northern section of the Palace of Pena, or the Old Palace as it is known. King Ferdinand began by making repairs to the former monastery, which, according to the historical sources of that time, was in very bad condition. He refurbished the whole of the upper floor, replacing the fourteen cells used by the monks with larger-sized rooms and covering them with the vaulted ceilings that can still be seen today. In roughly 1843, the king decided to enlarge the palace by building a new wing (the New Palace) with even larger rooms (the Great Hall is a good example of this), ending in a circular tower next to the new kitchens. The building work was directed by the Baron of Eschwege. The 1994 repair works restored the original colors of the Palace’s exterior: pink for the former monastery and ochre for the New Palace. In transforming a former monastery into a castle-like residence, King Ferdinand showed that he was heavily influenced by German romanticism, and that he probably found his inspiration in the Stolzenfels and Rheinstein castles on the banks of the Rhine, as well as Babelsberg Palace in Potsdam. These building works at the Palace of Pena ended in the mid-1860s, although further work was also undertaken at later dates for the decoration of the interiors. King Ferdinand also ordered the Park of Pena to be planted in the Palace’s surrounding areas in the style of the romantic gardens of that time, with winding paths, pavilions and stone benches placed at different points along its routes, as well as trees and other plants originating from the four corners of the earth. In this way, the king took advantage of the mild and damp climate of the Sintra hills to create an entirely new and exotic park with over five hundred different species of trees. 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.

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Lisbon: Private Tour to Sintra, Cabo da Roca and Cascais

2. Lisbon: Private Tour to Sintra, Cabo da Roca and Cascais

Discover some of the most beautiful regions in Portugal and take a trip from Lisbon to the cities of Sintra, Cascais and Cabo da Roca. First visit Sintra, the most romantic city in Portugal. Be enchanted by the city known as the capital of romance, and take a look at the imposing mountains with their magnificent buildings. Discover the idyllic old town and see the fabulous Pena Palace. Later explore the former fishing village of Cascais, enjoy its special flair and admire the picturesque white sand beach. Continue to the westernmost point of the European mainland and discover the impressive Boca do Inferno (Hell's Mouth), whose cliffs, fissures and caves are a unique natural wonder. Enjoy local cuisine in one of the local restaurants and sample fresh fish and seafood.

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From Lisbon: Sintra, Regaleira and Pena Palace Guided Tour

3. From Lisbon: Sintra, Regaleira and Pena Palace Guided Tour

Benefit from a guided tour inside the Quinta Regaleira and Pena Palace. Fall in love with Sintra, a village full of magic and mystery, the lasting symbol of Portugal's Romantic period and also classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Opt to treat yourself and loved ones to a private experience with your own guide and pickup from your own hotel. Alternatively, you can get picked up from a convenient location in the center of Lisbon. Accompanied by an enthusiastic and dedicated tour guide, you will visit Quinta da Regaleira and enjoy its lush gardens, lakes, grottoes, and enigmatic constructions, including the world-famous Initiation Well. Uncover the mysteries of each place and learn about the orders of the Freemasons and the Knights Templar. During the lunch break in Sintra's old town, you will have free time to explore the historical and charming streets. You will also have time to taste the traditional pastry, travesseiro. After buying your entry ticket with your guide, feel like you're stepping into a fairy tale when you enter the romantic Pena Palace and Park. Understand its unique architectural expression of Romanticism. Spot how it blends many styles, including Gothic, neo-Manueline, neo-Islamic, and neo-Renaissance. Stroll around the park with its astonishing variety of plants and trees. Marvel at the palace's amazing views of the castle and the Atlantic Ocean, a perfect way to end the day before returning to Lisbon.

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From Lisbon: Half-Day Tour to Sintra and Pena Palace

4. From Lisbon: Half-Day Tour to Sintra and Pena Palace

Start your small-group tour at the designated meeting point in Lisbon. Board a comfortable minivan and head off to the romantic and fascinating town of Sintra, located just outside of Lisbon. After a short, scenic drive you will arrive in Sintra. With the recommendations of your knowledgeable guide, discover why Sintra has seduced and inspired so many novelists and poets. Begin your discovery of Sintra at Pena Palace and admire a structure built during the age of Romanticism. After learning about the history of the palace and admiring its stunning design, visit the historic center of Sintra. Stroll through the narrow winding streets in the village and discover a variety of shops with typical regional products. Stop at the famous Piriquita Tea House for a break, followed by a drive back to Lisbon.

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Sintra + Cascais: Best of Sintra Semi-Private Tour

5. Sintra + Cascais: Best of Sintra Semi-Private Tour

Escape Lisbon and go on a full-day, guided journey to some of Portugal’s most popular attractions. Stop at the iconic Nacional Palace in Sintra, the awe-inspiring cliffs of Cabo da Roca, and the ritzy seaside town of Cascais. Your first stop is Sintra, 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 1.5-hour of free time to wander around Sintra. 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. Finally, arrive in Cascais, an elegant seaside resort town on the Portuguese Riviera. Stroll through the lovely city center and check out Cascais’ luxury marina, its charming fishing port, and a restored fort that houses many local craftsmen.

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From Lisbon: Full-Day Sintra Tour by Luxury Car or Minivan

6. From Lisbon: Full-Day Sintra Tour by Luxury Car or Minivan

Explore the historic center of Sintra on a full-day self-guided tour, with a personal chauffeur at your disposal for the day. Travel by luxury car or minivan with pickup available from your hotel in Lisbon. Stroll through bohemian streets and taste the famous travesseiros de Sintra cakes. Visit Sintra National Palace, considered the best preserved medieval royal palace in Portugal. Admire the fairytale façade of the Quinta da Regaleira, including its luxurious park of lakes, grottoes, wells, and fountains. Classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the "Cultural Landscape of Sintra" celebrates the town’s artistic heritage and fairytale architecture, such as the Pena Palace in the hills of São Pedro de Penaferrim. Be enchanted by the “Mountain of the Moon,” as Sintra was called in ancient times. Breathe the fresh sea air at Cabo Roca, the westernmost point of continental Europe. Stroll on the beaches of Guincho, and marvel at the Boca do Inferno (Hell’s Mouth) cove. En route back to the city, drive along the Estoril coast road, linking the traditional fishing village of Cascais with the glamorous resort of Estoril, and on to Lisbon. Before your tour is over, go to Lisbon’s Belém Tower, Jeronimos Monastery, and vast span of the historic 25 de Abril Bridge. Look up at the statue of Christ the King (Cristo Rei) embracing the city from its hillside location. Enjoy expansive views of Lisbon’s Pombaline Downtown at the Terreiro do Paço, completely rebuilt in the 18th century after the 1755 earthquake.

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Sintra: Twizy E-Car Rental with GPS Audio Guide

7. 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.

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From Lisbon: Van Tour to Sintra, Cascais and Estoril

8. From Lisbon: Van Tour to Sintra, Cascais and Estoril

Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of Lisbon, discover the natural and architectural beauty of Sintra and Cascais. After pickup at your hotel or at the meeting point in Lisbon at around 9:00 AM, begin this full-day tour with a walk in Pena Park. See the park’s secret caves, and admire the elegant Pena Palace. Marvel at the views of the surrounding landscape and the Atlantic Ocean. Your guide will share the fascinating history associated with this romantic palace.  Next, visit the historical center of Sintra and taste the delicious pastries from this village. In addition, you will have free time for lunch and your guide will be happy to suggest some of the best restaurants in this area. Continue with a drive through a national park, passing the palaces of Quinta da Regaleira and Seteais. Enjoy a fabulous photo opportunity at the Roca Cape cliffs, the western most point of Europe 'where the earth ends and the sea begins'. The last stop on your tour is the stylish town of Cascais. Here you will take a relaxing wander along the bay, savor an ice cream or shop in the stylish stores. Return to Lisbon by the sea, along the coastal road of Estoril. This tour is totally private with only your family or group and is flexible to suit you.

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Private Sintra Night Walk: "Dreams in the Woods"

9. Private Sintra Night Walk: "Dreams in the Woods"

You will walk around the edge of the mountain, between old parts of the village and the hills, with a few stops along the way, where you will see in the distance some monuments including the old Royal Palace, Pena Palace, Sintra's Castle (Moorish Castle), amongst others landmarks, and you'll hear about how they were in the past, as well as some unusual historical tales conveyed to you by a historian. The second part of the walk will take you on a short excursion in the dark of the mountain. The terrain will be mostly regular, with the exception of some parts in which a few steps will require climbing. Nothing extraordinary for people with no mobility impairments. Overall, the effort implied in the whole night walk is equivalent to a whole afternoon strolling in a touristic place. This second part will include some stops when you'll hear about some of Sintra's most curious and least known intriguing stories.  In this night walk in Sintra, prepare yourself to hear about what some figures of the past have dreamt here, how their dreams have spawned monuments, what sound and sight they experienced in the Mountains and in the shore, and what fears arose from what they heard in the night. Interior access to the monuments is not included. Though you will know very discreet monuments unknown even to the Portuguese. Needless to say you may feel at will to ask any question you may have related to Sintra's History. You will end your night walk at Sintra's Historic Centre, where you'll then have the opportunity to experience its nocturnal tranquility.

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From Lisbon: Sintra, Pena Palaces, and Capuchos Convent Tour

10. From Lisbon: Sintra, Pena Palaces, and Capuchos Convent Tour

Sintra is a "True glorious Garden of Eden", as the famous British poet Lord Byron described it. Discover this paradise just outside Lisbon, and see why people like Hans Christian Andersen and Gloria Swanson were delighted with the magic and mystique emanating from the palaces, villas and estates of this charming village. On this tour, you’ll get to know the Pena National Palace and its profusion of exotic and eclectic styles, united in a perfect masterpiece of architectural Romanticism. Prepare to be awestruck by guided visits inside Sintra National Palace and Convento dos Capuchos.  Enjoy a delicious meal in a traditional Portuguese restaurant with regional delicacies. After lunch, it’s time to see the world-famous Pena Palace. It’s practically a visual synonym for Sintra, with its vibrant colors and fusion of styles. The fact it is nested on top of the hill also enhances its mystical aura, especially when it’s surrounded by fog, which is not uncommon. Time to return to Lisbon, as we drive along the Marginal Avenue and see the beautiful coastline connecting the capital to Cascais.

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What people are saying about Sintra

We took a private tour of Sintra and loved every minute. Maria (only) was not only energetic but had a fantastic sense of humor. She was extremely knowledgeable as a guide at the sites, but also very informative in Portuguese history. The trip was never rushed and we didn't arrive back until 5:30. After we confirmed we had no other plans for the day she offered to stop for coffee in the village and we had the greatest time with her. I was glad that we added nothing else to the trip - I feel that would have rushed things more than I would have liked. I would highly recommend the trip and our wonderful guide - Maria (only).

We had no hassle throughout the whole journey.The guide,Rodriguez was very friendly and shared lots of information about Portugal and the places we visited .It was fun overall and I would recommend this guided trip to Sintra for other fellow travellers.Cheers

We were unsure whether to take this tour or go on our own. Taking this tour is the best option if you want to see everything without missing any detail or any place. The guide, Maria, was excellent. He made the excursion very enjoyable and fun.

Fantastic tour with the most helpful and cheerful guide Maria! Two most exciting places to see in Sintra way and very to the point. Highly recommend it!

The guide Victor was great. Enjoyed our entire experience. Highly recommended.