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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.

From Lisbon: Cascais and Sintra Day Trip

2. From Lisbon: Cascais and Sintra Day Trip

Jump in, hang on, and have your camera ready on this tour of Lisbon's rocky coastline. Plan your perfect day with the help of your guide, whether it's an off-grid ramble, a hunt for the best secret viewing points, or scenic strolls in the historic towns of Sintra and Cascais. Get picked up in Lisbon and head straight to Cascais. Walk the quaint cobbled streets, contrasted by ornate villas and mansions. Explore the sandy shores and ragged cliffs of Praia do Guincho or Praia da Adraga, and take on the wild Atlantic waves. If you’re feeling peckish, stop off for an authentic Portuguese lunch in Sintra, in a cozy mountain-top restaurant. Top it off with a complimentary sampling of Portuguese wine, and spend some time with the friendly locals. Take the chance to see the iconic Pena Palace, and some equally impressive secluded sites. Immerse yourself in the beauty of Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, known for its vast, mountainous landscape.  Let your guide take away the stress of navigating the rough terrain, and take in all the region has to offer. You'll be dropped off at Cascais, where you can end your day with an unforgettable train ride back to Lisbon.

From Lisbon: Sintra Tour with Queluz Palace Entrance

3. 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.

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

4. 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: Twizy E-Car Rental with GPS Audio Guide

5. 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

6. 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: Full-Day Private Sightseeing Tour of Sintra

7. 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. Tour 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, the Castle of the Moors, Monserrate Palace, and the Sintra National Palace. Consider exploring the nearby nature as well, including the Sintra Mountains and Sintra-Cascais Natural Park. You may also want to visit a local cafe or bakery to try out traditional Portuguese pastries.

Sintra: Group Paragliding with Professional Instructors

8. Sintra: Group Paragliding with Professional Instructors

Get a step closer to flying during this private group paragliding experience. Fly tandem with experienced instructors as you marvel at the beauty of the Sintra Mountains and Cascais from remarkable heights. Gather with your group of friends or family and embark on a fun but safe paragliding flight with security instructions and licensed safety equipment. Learn how to fly with the help of professional instructors.

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.

Sintra: Half-Day Climbing Experience

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Sintra Mountains

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 47 reviews

Experiencia inolvidable con amigos en el cabo de roca. Divertidísimo!! Sintra está bien y el palacio de Pena merece mucho la pena. Disfrutamos micho de ese dia. Gran experiencia!

Rodrigo was the best guide ever! He is passionate about what he does and goes above and beyond to tailor the experience. Would definitely recommend for all experience levels.

Exelent activity. Rodrigo was very friendly and showed us beautiful landscapes out of the regular touristic crowded places.

Sintra is an amazing place, you need to visit when in Lisbon. And I think this tours is the perfect choice. I loved it!

It was a perfect day! Sunny, nice people, small group and beautiful locations. I recommend it!