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From Lisbon: Sintra Highlights and Pena Palace Full-Day Tour

1. From Lisbon: Sintra Highlights and Pena Palace Full-Day Tour

Fall in love with Sintra, a lasting symbol of Portugal's Romantic period, on a day trip from Lisbon via an air-conditioned bus. See the stunning landscape classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a guided tour of monuments like Pena Palace, Quinta da Regaleira, and Monserrate Palace. Start the tour by exploring the exotic Pena Park and the magnificent Pena Palace. This remarkable building is complete with different decorative styles, symbols, and intriguing features, and was once the royal family's official summer residence. Walk through Sintra's charming city center. Stop by the decorative Quinta da Regaleira estate. Explore the initiation well as well as its many lakes and fountains, and the aquarium on its grounds. Spend your lunchtime strolling through the historical village. Enjoy a quick stop at local patisseries to try some of Sintra's well-known delicacies. Conclude your journey at the eclectic Monserrate Palace, a glorious estate that once served as a summer residence for the Portuguese court.

From Lisbon: Half-Day Sintra & Cascais Private Tour

2. From Lisbon: Half-Day Sintra & Cascais Private Tour

Discover Sintra, known for its many 19th-century Romantic architectural monuments, which has resulted in its classification as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Surrounded by the mountains which gave its name to the town, a granite massif 10 km long emerges abruptly between a vast plain to the north and the northern margin of the Tagus River estuary.  Walk through the historical village center, enjoy its natural beauty and visit its most prominent landmarks: the Pena Palace, the Moorish Castle, the Regaleira, and Monserrate Palaces. Cross over the mountain to visit the westernmost point of the European mainland and look beyond the Atlantic.  Here, in the so-called "Portuguese Riviera," discover the city of Cascais and its old town center as well as Estoril, popularly recognized for the Casino Estoril, widely regarded as Europe's largest casino. Then go by seashore road to Lisbon center and see where the Atlantic meets the Tagus River. The tour is private and available in several car classes: standard, standard van, premium, luxury van, and luxury. 

From Lisbon: Full-Day Private Sightseeing Tour of Sintra

3. From Lisbon: Full-Day Private Sightseeing Tour of Sintra

Escape from Lisbon or Cascais and travel to Sintra on a full-day private sightseeing tour. Discover the cultural landscape of Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, at leisure, and take advantage of the flexibility of your itinerary by choosing the sites that interest you most. Admire the city's 19th-century Romantic architecture and consider visiting your choice of Pena National Palace, Quinta da Regaleira, the Castle of the Moors, the Monserrate Palace, or the Sintra National Palace. There will be time to discover two of the above attractions, or more at a faster pace if you love to walk. You may also want to visit a local cafe or bakery to try out traditional Portuguese pastries in Sintra, where you will have some free time.

Sintra: Monserrate Palace and Park Skip-the-Line Ticket

4. Sintra: Monserrate Palace and Park Skip-the-Line Ticket

Four kilometers from Sintra’s historic center is the unique Monserrate Palace, located in the center of a beautiful 30-hectare park. The Park and Palace of Monserrate were included in the Cultural Landscape of Sintra, which was been classified by UNESCO as World Heritage Site in 1995. The 19th-century castle is known not only for its unique Moorish-Gothic-Indian style architecture but also for its surrounding gardens.  Over the years, the gardens have welcomed plant species from all over the world. In the various gardens, you will find surprisingly contrasting scenery, from tree ferns from Australia and New Zealand, to agaves and yuccas from Mexico. Seek out the Himalayan rhododendron and the bamboo-fringed Japanese garden abloom with camellias. Enjoy a stroll along the paths and discover ruins, lakes and waterfalls. 

From Lisbon: Sintra Full-Day Trip

5. From Lisbon: Sintra Full-Day Trip

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. 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. 

From Lisbon: Sintra, Cascais, and Belem Full-Day Tour

6. From Lisbon: Sintra, Cascais, and Belem Full-Day Tour

Travel to Sintra, a World Heritage Site, where medieval streets, castles, palaces and chalets of different architectures coexist. See the park that brings together plants from different parts of the world, forming a huge and magical green forest. Next, head towards the Atlantic Ocean to discover Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of continental Europe. Pass through Cascais and the neighborhood Estoril, both famous for offering a cosmopolitan atmosphere. See the world-renowned Estoril Casino and its beautiful gardens.Finally, return to Lisbon, driving along the Estoril coast and admiring the stunning views of the white sand beaches along the way. Once you reach Belem, learn how the Portuguese ships used to depart from here to discover the new world.

Lisbon: Pena Palace, Sintra National Park, Roca, and Cascais

7. Lisbon: Pena Palace, Sintra National Park, Roca, and Cascais

Escape Lisbon 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 of Cabo da Roca, Moorish Castle, 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 see the great views over Sintra Nacional Park and Moorish Castle. 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.

Sintra: Self-Drive Tour with Guide Assistance

8. Sintra: Self-Drive Tour with Guide Assistance

This experience allows you to have total autonomy to really get to know Sintra your way and at your own pace. Drive by yourself in a fun little electric car for 2 people, explore the beautiful mountains, and all the monuments, and head to the coastline of Sintra. Your local guides will help you figure out where to go, plan the routes on the GPS, support you during your tour, and give you the best recommendations for a perfect day in this magical region. Go to Pena Palace, Moorish Castle, National Palace, Quinta da Regaleira, Seteias Palace, and Monserrate Park and Palace, then head to the coast, Azenhas do Mar, Praia das Maças, Praia Grande, Adraga or Cabo da Roca, the most western point of Europe. Choose where to stop and visit and enjoy the pleasure of driving an eco-friendly electric car ideal to navigate through the tight streets of Sintra, explore the beautiful surrounding region, and have a lot of fun.

Sintra: Twizy E-Car Rental with GPS Audio Guide

9. 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.

From Lisbon: Secrets of Sintra and Cascais Private Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Monserrate Palace

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 621 reviews

Our tour guide Mr Jorge was an absolute delight to have on our vacation. From the moment we met him, he exuded warmth and kindness, which immediately put us at ease. Mr Jorge was also extremely punctual, always making sure we were on schedule and ready to go for each activity. But what really impressed us was the level of care and attention he gave to each member of our family. It was clear that he wanted everyone to have the best possible experience, and he went out of his way to ensure that each of us was comfortable and well taken care of. He even accommodated special requests and made sure to customize the tour to our individual interests and needs. Overall, we couldn't have asked for a better tour guide. He truly made our vacation one to remember and we can't thank him enough for his outstanding service.

I cannot imagine a better experience touring Sintra. The whole day is well thought out. Our tour guide Jorge was phenomenal!!! He did a great job guiding us through the sites, and was very knowledgeable. He also had a great sense of humor which definitely pulled the tour group together. I cannot recommend this tour more highly.

We had an excellent day in Sintra with Gustavo. His timing was impeccable and his knowledge about Portugal was thorough. His passion about Portugal was clearly evident. Highly recommended!

All 3 visits were amazing. I know we had to cover a lot of ground but we were a bit rushed which took away from the whole experience. But overall, the sites we saw were amazing.

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