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From Lisbon: Sintra with Pena Palace and Cabo da Roca by 4WD

1. From Lisbon: Sintra with Pena Palace and Cabo da Roca by 4WD

Explore the beauty and culture of Sintra and Cabo da Roca on this guided tour. Stroll through the picturesque village of Sintra, take a tour through the Pena Palace, and more. Take a 4WD Jeep through Sintra’s mountains and see the magical Cabo da Roca. Meet your guide in Lisbon's city center and travel to romantic Sintra in a comfortable air-conditioned minivan.  Arrive at one of the highest points of the Serra de Sintra to see the Pena Palace, one of the most iconic expressions of 19th-century Romanticism in Europe. Enter its gardens and see the exotic trees from all over the world, which add to its magic and mystery. Head for the Pena Palace itself, one of the main residences of the Portuguese royal family during the 19th century. Admire the mixture of architectural styles and see why King Fernando II deserved the nickname of King-Artist. Enjoy the views of the Moorish Castle, a testimony to the Islamic presence in the Iberian Peninsula, built in the 9th century and conquered by the Portuguese during the formation of the Portugal Kingdom.  Take in the landscape of Sintra, a world heritage site, before heading down to the picturesque village to stroll freely through its charming streets, or taste its regional products, such as the famous travesseiros and queijadas de Sintra. Continue the tour aboard a 4WD Jeep, and enter the mountain trails where you will find gigantic trees and huge blocks of rocks, creating a magical setting. Visit the Convent of Peninha, a sacred place from which you can observe impressive views of the region's beaches and the huge rocks that make up the Sintra Magmatic Massif, a geological marvel. The tour then continues to the wild and rugged Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of Europe, which the famous Portuguese poet Luis de Camões defined as onde a terra acaba e o mar começa: where the land ends and the sea begins. You’ll be dazzled by the views. Return to Lisbon in a comfortable air-conditioned minivan, filled with enough amazing memories to last a lifetime.

Lisbon: E-bike Trip from the Sintra Mountains to Cascais Sea

2. Lisbon: E-bike Trip from the Sintra Mountains to Cascais Sea

Feel the fresh air from the mountains and the splendor of the Atlantic Sea on high-end e-bikes during this adventurous trip from the Sintra Mountains to the Cascais Sea. This experience welcomes all biking skill levels to discover the natural wonders of Portugal. Start with pick up at your hotel or address in Lisbon, then go to Cascais where the ride starts. Your e-bike will take you effortlessly to all the amazing sights in Cascais and Sintra thanks to its top-of-the-line Bosch motor. Begin the route from Cascais Market and up the Sintra Forest through a path that will lead you to the middle of the countryside, with sheep, horses, and local vegetable gardens. Continue up the forest to reach Peninha Convent at the top with a 360-degree-view of the region. Later, go down Guincho Beach to have lunch (cost not included) and admire the waves. The group will then go to Boca do Inferno (Portuguese for Hell's Mouth) and Cascais’ old town before heading back to where the trip started.

Sintra: Rural and Coastal 4x4 Tour

3. Sintra: Rural and Coastal 4x4 Tour

The adventure begins through the countryside following the centenary tram line, inside Sintra’s rural area towards Colares. You will have the opportunity to see the simplicity of our typical villages, and as proof of this, we will show you the oldest Wine Cellar in the country, where you can get to know a little of Portugal’s winemaking traditions, which remain intact, from the ancient times to the present day. (not available on Sundays) From the wine cellar, we head to the coast to one of our favourite beaches, considered the “Santorini of Portugal”, – a small village found between the ocean and the cliffs – a heavenly location with a natural pool and stunning views. Continue on the coastline towards the most famous beaches in the area, and as we are getting there ahead of the crowds, we are lucky enough to enjoy the vast ocean avoiding the vast “ocean of people instead”. Through paths and trails, on top of the cliffs, we continue of adventure taking you to our secret location, which can only be reached with the help of a 4×4 jeep so off-grid that even most of the locals are unaware of. Try not to lose your breath as this magnificent setting shows you breathtaking landscapes, that we are sure you will never forget! Cross the mountain on an off-road trail and raise some dust on your way to Sintra Center getting to our last visit of the day: the most iconic palace, with the best postcard-like views of the country: Pena Palace.

Sintra: Twizy E-Car Rental with GPS Audio Guide

4. 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.

Lisbon: Highlights Tour of Lisbon, Sintra, and Cascais

5. Lisbon: Highlights Tour of Lisbon, Sintra, and Cascais

Discover the best of Lisbon and drive along beautiful coast roads to explore Sintra and Cascais on a guided full-day tour. Choose from a small-group tour or a private tour.  Visit the most famous Lisbon monuments such as the Monument to the Discoveries, Belém Tower, and the UNESCO-listed Jerónimos Monastery. Next, drive over the beautiful mountain roads to the most extravagant village of Sintra. Here you can stroll through charming streets in the historic center.  Continue to the most western point of continental Europe Cape Roca, a place of a superb view of the Atlantic Ocean. After a visit to Guincho Beach, arrive in Cascais, a sophisticated and charming village with a lovely bay.  Return to Lisbon passing the Casino Estoril, the largest in Europe. You will always be accompanied by an enthusiastic and dedicated guide, who will share curiosities about the places visited.

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.

From Lisbon: Half-Day Private Tesla Tour to Sintra

7. From Lisbon: Half-Day Private Tesla Tour to Sintra

Following pickup from Lisbon, begin by visiting the 18th-century National Palace of Queluz and its beautiful gardens. Following that, embark towards the village of Sintra. There you can enjoy a magical atmosphere as you walk around the historical center and discover the Sintra National Palace. Whilst in the village, take the time to try the famous pastries: Queijadas of Sintra and Travesseiros. Climbing among the mystical forests of Sintra, reach the top of the hill to discover the 19th-century Pena Palace. The palace is well adorned with the best pieces of decoration that the royal family left there. Throughout your 4-hour tour from Lisbon to Sintra your independence and autonomy are guaranteed. If you wish to change your route and take an alternative road, simply tell your accommodating driver. Your entire experience is conducted aboard a fantastic Tesla, a totally sustainable and eco-friendly vehicle in which you can save tons of CO2 emissions entering the atmosphere. At the conclusion of your day out, your friendly driver returns you back to your accommodation in Lisbon.

Sintra: Half-Day Climbing Experience

8. Sintra: Half-Day Climbing Experience

The Sintra Mountains will always amaze you. Climbing is an experience in nature that will not leave you indifferent. This is an ideal climbing experience for anyone who wants to start climbing.  During the initiation to the activity, you will be instructed on subjects such as the material, safety rules and the types and forms of climbing. The Penedo da Amizade is a geological monument of rare natural beauty, long known to the people. The verticality of its walls has provided a true mecca for climbing lovers, and its natural architecture provides several routes of different degrees of difficulty. Your experienced guides will guarantee the best safety conditions.

Private Sintra Night Walk: Stories From the Mountains

9. Private Sintra Night Walk: Stories From the Mountains

Early in the night, you will be met by your guide, a historian, at Sintra's Historic Centre to being your night walk where you have the unique opportunity of hearing the true background of mysticism involving Sintra beginnings, through the words of Sintra's foremost history researcher, with the additional advantage of visiting a tourist spot like Sintra away from the usual crowds. After being introduced to what legends and myths are and their impact in the village through time, you'll begin your way across the mountain (by road and having very short trails) in the dark of the night. With the stars hanging above you, the nocturnal landscape will be broken by the sight of a few monuments in the distance including the National Palace, and Pena Palace. You will also see some peculiar sites whose pasts and what they enclose would elude a regular guide. Your guide will tell you about these various sites and you will learn how they impacted the traditions and way of thinking of the local people - especially the ancient ones. From the highest parts of the mountain, the silence you will find uncommon, you'll hear about some of the strange memoirs that history left in the documents and manuscripts from past centuries.

Faro: Mystic and Romantic Sintra Tour

10. Faro: Mystic and Romantic Sintra Tour

Join this mystical and romantic tour and go back in time to visit the ancient village of Sintra. You'll walk through historical roads whilst observing the surrounding vegetation, which is bound to provide you with a relaxing sensation. Sintra is one of the most romantic villages in Portugal, and whilst there you will learn of the role that it had for the Portuguese monarchy. You'll also discover famous myths surrounding Pena Palace, exactly what sits inside the Seteais Palace, and why there is a labyrinth in Quinta da Regaleira. You will visit the famous Sintra Mountain and the Pena Park and Palace, with plenty of time for you to explore the grounds. Get ready to experience Sintra from a different perspective, as your local charismatic guide reveals interesting facts about the ancient village.

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This was an amazing experience! We had a group of 5 and we all had a memorable experience at Peña Palace and during the Jeep tour. Flavio was our guide and Cam was our jeep driver and both were wonderful guides! They know all of the best photo op area and were great at capturing group photos for us. Cam took us to some really beautiful viewpoints in the jeep which was the best part. Wish we had more time to explore the city of Sintra but was still a great day. 10 out of 10 would recommend!

Miguel our guide was super friendly and he knew his way around which made our day trip very efficient. Though its a bit more expensive than other day trips to Sintra, its very nice that is super private. We wish it was a bit clearer than the Sintra castles were not included in the day trip schedule. Overall very nice experience !

Surprising the rural walk along the coast and mountains with a lot of contact between history and nature. Guide Alexandre knows a lot of local history and important tips.

Paolo was a wonderful guide. He truly captured all of the highlights of our tour! Would highly recommend this tour!

Tour guide was amazingly Good..... Thanks Mr Jose Ribeiro