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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, and Cascais Full-Day Tour

3. From Lisbon: Sintra, Cabo da Roca, and Cascais Full-Day Tour

Embark on a full-day trip to Sintra, Cabo da Roca, and Cascais from Lisbon, choosing between a private or a shared guided tour. Soak up the dramatic views at Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of Continental Europe, and lose yourself in the narrow streets of Sintra. After pickup from your hotel, make your way to Sintra and discover the medieval streets, castles, and palaces of this world heritage site. Learn about the colorful architecture and surrounding forest. Continue towards the Atlantic Ocean to discover Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of Europe. Drive along the sea and admire Guincho Beach's enormous sand bed, which hosts many international surfing events due to its gigantic waves. Pass through Cascais and Estoril, both famous for their cosmopolitan environment, and finally visit Estoril’s world-renowned casino and beautiful gardens. Return to Lisbon by driving along the Estoril Coast, admiring the breathtaking sight of white-sanded beaches along the way.

Sintra - Cascais: 6-Hour Electric Bike Tour from Lisbon

4. Sintra - Cascais: 6-Hour Electric Bike Tour from Lisbon

Embark on a 6-hour electric bike tour with 4 different modes of assistance, making climbing the Sintra mountain a lot easier, even for those used to a sedentary lifestyle. The tour begins with a briefing on how the bikes work. Then, head to Rossio station to catch the train for Sintra. During the train trip, you’ll have time to let your guide know if you’d like to visit some of the palaces along the way or if you just want to cycle. When you arrive in Sintra, you can visit the National Palace if you like. Most of your cycling tour takes place within the natural park of Sintra-Cascais. You’ll have the option of visiting Quinta da Regaleira, built between 1904 and 1910, a place renowned for its symbolism, magic, and mystery. Shortly after you’ll pass by Seteais, a former 18th-century palace that is now a 5-star hotel.   Continue your trip along roads flanked by majestic groves until you reach the entrance of Monserrate Park and Palace, one of the most beautiful creations in the Portuguese Romanticism style. Arrive at Colares, a place that’s well known for its vineyards. Continue on to Penedo village, where you’ll enjoy breathtaking views from the atrium of the church, before cycling on to Urgueira village. Take a break for lunch in Azóia village, where you’ll find a great variety of restaurants. With renewed energy, continue your tour through an ancient forest and make your way up to the Peninha Sanctuary, located 488 meters above sea level. From here, you’ll have a panoramic view of the Espichel Cape and Arrábida, to the south, Carvoeiro Cape and Berlengas, to the north, and the entire Sintra mountain to the northeast. Returning to the center of Sintra, you’ll cycle downhill and have one last look at Pena Palace, an important monument of the Portuguese Romanticism movement. You’ll be traveling with an informative and helpful guide, as passionate about beloved Sintra as about cycling. Alternatively, go down to Guincho wild beach – with its never-ending dunes and typical winds that are so treasured by windsurfing lovers – until you reach the bicycle path to Cascais. Return to Lisbon through the beautiful town of Cascais by train where you will have one of the most amazing views over the Portuguese coast.

Lisbon: Half-Day Tour of Sintra

5. 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: Secrets of Sintra and Cascais Private Tour

6. From Lisbon: 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

7. 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 and Pena Palace Tour

8. From Lisbon: Sintra and Pena Palace Tour

Benefit from pickup at your hotel in Lisbon, and then travel to the UNESCO World Heritage monument of Pena Palace, one of the finest expressions of 19th-century Romanticism in the world. Marvel at the extravagant decorations and royal collections of the opulent interiors, and get amazing views from the rooftop cafe and terraces. You then head down to Sintra to enjoy some free time to shop or explore the historical center. Try the local pastries and take souvenir photos of the best-preserved medieval royal residence in Portugal, the Sintra National Palace. Continue towards the historic estates of Seteais and Monserrate on the way to Cabo da Roca. Get panoramic views from the westernmost point of mainland Europe, and take souvenir photos of the surfers paradise of Guincho Beach. Stop at the village of Cascais and take some walk along the bay before the return journey to Lisbon.

From Lisbon: Sintra and Cascais Guided Tour - Small group

9. From Lisbon: Sintra and Cascais Guided Tour - Small group

Spend an exciting day exploring Sintra and Cascais. Marvel at both manmade and natural landmarks, including the Palácio da Pena and the Quinta da Regaleira palace and gardens. In Cascais, visit the Boca do Inferno cliffs and Avenida Marginal, known as one of Europe’s most beautiful streets. Enjoy transportation from your hotel in Lisbon to your first stop, Sintra. Look out for the Queluz National Palace on your journey. Tour the hilltop National Palace of Pena, one of the seven wonders of Portugal, with its panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, Sintra National Park, and Lisbon.  Then, spend some time strolling the streets of Sintra before heading to the Quinta da Regaleira. These impressive palatial grounds are filled with gardens, lakes, waterfalls, caves, and Masonic architecture.  Next, you’ll visit the Cabo da Roca (Cape of Rock), the most western point of continental Europe. Contemplate its famous lighthouse and cliffside views of the ocean, then take a walk along Guincho beach.  Once in Cascais, you’ll stop at the Boca do Inferno cliffs (Hell’s Mouth), spotting its open cave and natural archway. End the excursion by wandering down Avenida Marginal, one of the most beautiful streets in Europe which passes through the Estoril and Carcavelos beaches.

From Lisbon: Pena Palace Visit & Sintra Guided Day Trip

10. From Lisbon: Pena Palace Visit & Sintra Guided Day Trip

On this guided day trip, experience the natural and cultural wonders of Portugal as you travel from Lisbon to Pena Palace. Explore the medieval streets and local cuisine of Sintra Village. Admire the beauty of Roca Cape and Guincho Beach in Sintra-Cascais Natural Park before returning to Lisbon. Your day trip sets out from Lisbon. Relax as you travel to Sintra's Mountain, home to the Pena National Palace of Portugal. Enjoy this prime example of 19th-century Romantic architecture, a UNESCO world heritage site, with elements of Renaissance, Manueline, and Moorish styles. Next, discover the beautiful palace gardens with rare plants and trees from all over the world. Follow the garden trails to the mountaintop, where you can enjoy stunning panoramic views of the peaceful forests and gardens with exotic plants and flowers. Gaze down at the coastline and Lisbon below. Continue your tour in Sintra Village and visit the Historical Center. Wander the streets of this medieval village, taste the "Travesseiros de Sintra" and "Queijadas de Sintra" - both traditional local pastries - and enjoy the magical landscape that has inspired so many artisits, writers, and kings. After lunch, drive along one of Sintra's picturesque roads to Roca Cape, the westernmost point of continental Europe. Experience the breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean as it crashes against high rocky cliffs. Further on, you'll make your way to Cascais. Pause in Sintra-Cascais Natural Park at the beautiful Guincho Beach. Admire the white sand dunes in contrast with the Serra de Sintra hills as the ocean waves pound the sand. Glimpse surfers enjoying the strong swells. In Cascais, also known as the French Riviera, take some time to explore the charming city center and enjoy the elegant ambience of this seaside resort town. Finally, after some leisurely strolling, board the minivan and relax with more beautiful views on the way back to Lisbon.

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What people are saying about Guincho Beach

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What a lovely trip! I am totally impressed by Miguel - the best tour guide in Lisbon!! Love him. He is very friendly, knowledgeable and provided the best tourist experience for this trip. It is totally exceeded my expectations!! Hope I can Miguel as my tour guide again in the future…..he deserves 10 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Miguel was a super guide, funny, very helpful and we were a small group of 7 so it was perfect for all the visits and the ride He is SO knowledgable, interesting and very patient. We will recommend him to everyone! Such a cool guy to learn from Top top choice Thank you Miguel for making us Lisbon!

Excellent tour, definitely recommending. Our guide, Ruth, was amazing, made the whole experience so much more enjoyable. Thank you

Ricardo was an amazing tour guide. The whole day went smoothly with a good amount of time in each location.

Sarvio es el mejor tour guide. Muy buena experiencia.