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Sintra Palace: Our most recommended tours and activities

National Palace of Sintra and Gardens Fast Track Ticket

1. National Palace of Sintra and Gardens Fast Track Ticket

Explore 1,000 years of Portuguese history with a skip-the-line entry ticket to the National Palace of Sintra. Enter the historic monument, first built as a Moorish castle after the Umayyad conquest of Hispania in the 8th century. Follow in the footsteps of the first king of Portugal, who extended the fortress in 1147. Marvel at how later extensions made use of the natural landscape as you admire the Manueline and Mudejar designs of the interior courtyards and discover windows with surmounted arches and walls covered in glazed tiles of geometric patterns.

Sintra: Pena Palace and Park Entry Ticket with Tuk Tuk Ride

2. Sintra: Pena Palace and Park Entry Ticket with Tuk Tuk Ride

Save your strength with a convenient tuk-tuk transfer from central Sintra to the hilltop entrance of the Pena Palace and Park. Discover some of the picturesque highlights of Sintra along the way. Explore the Pena Palace and Park at your own pace with included tickets.  Get picked up outside the Millennium Bcp Bank and find your driver easily as they will have a sign with your name on it. Cruise through Sintra as your driver points out palaces, castles, parks, monuments, and gardens. Hear some local stories along the way.  Take a self-guided tour of one of the best preserved medieval royal palaces in Portugal with your ticket to Pena Palace. Enjoy ornate terraces, statues, and battlements built in the Romantic style. Take a stroll through the lush, forested park surrounding the palace.  Skip the transfer back to Sintra and admire views of the countryside with a walk down the hill that the Palace is perched upon. 

Sintra and Cascais Full Day Tour from Lisbon

3. Sintra and Cascais Full Day Tour from Lisbon

Drive along the coastal avenue connecting the Estoril bay to Cascais. Stop in Cascais, a fishing village that historically became the refuge of aristocrats and artists. Head along the coast and take in the views of wild beaches and cliffs until you arrive at the westernmost point of Europe, Cabo da Roca. Here the landscape becomes a blend of sea and mountain views.  Travel through the mountain until you reach the historical center of Sintra, part of Unesco’s Cultural Heritage. Discover how this town was one of the first centers of European Romantic architecture, where the royal family lived and English aristocrats sought shelter during the French Invasions.  Learn about the unique heritage of the town which was built in harmony with the natural landscape. Stop at the enigmatic, mystical Quinta da Regaleira, the unusual Pena Palace and the magnificent Mozarabic National Palace with 1000 years of history.  Sample regional food at Refúgio da Roca.

From Lisbon: Sintra and Pena Palace Tour

4. 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.

Sintra: Castle of the Moors Fast Track Ticket

5. Sintra: Castle of the Moors Fast Track Ticket

The Castle of the Moors was classified as a National Monument in 1910 and it also forms part of the Sintra Cultural Landscape classified by UNESCO as World Heritage Site in 1995. It soars 412 m above sea level and looms high above the surrounding forest.  The 10th-century Moorish castle’s dizzying ramparts stretch across the mountain ridges and past moss-clad boulders the size of small buses. The best walking route here from Sintra-Vila is not along the main road but the quicker, partly off-road route via Rua Marechal Saldanha. The steep trail is around 2 km, but quiet and rewarding.  Once you reach the castle, the views over Sintra’s palace-dotted hill, across to the glittering Atlantic are breathtaking. Along the walkways, you can admire the unique landscape that in the foreground features Sintra town and its town hall, the Palace of Pena and the hills. In the background, admire the extensive plain running northwards and the Atlantic Ocean.

Lisbon: Full-Day Sintra and Cascais Tour

6. Lisbon: Full-Day Sintra and Cascais Tour

You will start your day at the front door of your hotel, where you will be greeted by your guide before traveling to Sintra in a comfortable 9-seater van. You will then have the opportunity to visit the mysterious and romantic town of Sintra, classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Once there, you can choose to visit one of the following monuments: - the Pena Palace (the best example of the Romanticism style in Portugal) - the Sintra National Palace (a Medieval royal residence) - the Monserrate's Park and Palace (an eclectic place where you can explore romantic gardens with exotic species) - the Capuchos Convent (known for its extreme bareness of its architectural and decorative elements) - the Moors Castle (a fortress located on the top of a hill) - the Regaleira Estate (one of the most magical views one can find in Sintra) In any case, you will be accompanied by your guide, who will provide you with full explanations about the sites. You will then have time to explore the center of the town and have lunch. You can ask your guide for recommendations of restaurants, before taking some time to stroll around the narrow streets of Sintra. Following lunch, it will be time to go to Roca Cape, the westernmost point of Continental Europe. Later, you will head to Cascais, a lovely town by the sea with an old fishing tradition. Here you will have time to see the town center, as well as the entire bay area. Before returning to Lisbon, you can take the chance to drive by Estoril, which used to be a place of refuge during World War II. To conclude your tour, you will go back to Lisbon by the "marginal", a road which connects Cascais to Lisbon and runs along the coast.

Sintra: Hidden Gems Guided Walking Tour with Pastry

7. Sintra: Hidden Gems Guided Walking Tour with Pastry

Uncover the mysteries of Sintra and discover hidden gems on this guided walking tour of Sintra. Listen to local curiosities, legends, and secret stories from your guide.  Meet your friendly and passionate local guide outside Sintra train station. You will start your tour admiring the fantastic city hall building. Walking along the promenade towards the center of the village, admire the statues displayed along the way. After a brief stop at the Moorish fountain, head into the historical center. Now it's time to have a tasting of the typical pastry from Sintra, the famous Travesseiro. Enjoy the impressive views of Moorish castle from the National Palace. Next, head towards the Palace of Seteais, passing by the church of San Martinho, the oldest hotel on the Iberian Peninsula, and a small romantic waterfall. From the Palace de Setais, you can enjoy a fabulous view of the Pena Palace and the Atlantic Ocean. End the tour by visiting the impressive Quinta da Regaleira and explore its lush gardens, lakes, grottoes, and enigmatic constructions, including the world-famous Initiation Well.

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

8. 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. 

Lisbon: Half-Day Tour of Sintra

9. 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.

Sintra: -Sintra Sightseeing Tour With Tuk Tuk (1hr)

10. Sintra: -Sintra Sightseeing Tour With Tuk Tuk (1hr)

Sintra By Foot in one day is not possible but this tour will highlights , the astounding mountain with an amazing range of palaces, churches and splendid estates. From the green mountains to the Atlantic Ocean, full of natural and cultural interest. In 1995 it was classified as World Heritage by UNESCO. In this 1.5 hour tour your guide will take you on a tuk tuk through the city centre of Sintra and to the most important palaces of the area. You will see like National Palaces , Quinta De Regaleira , the historical centre of Sintra. Moorish Castle Pena Palace and a lot. The tour will begin from Burger&CO opposite of Sintra train station and end at same locations

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What people are saying about Sintra Palace

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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.

This tour was a blast!! So much variety made it very entertaining. Gui was our guide, and he was very knowledgeable and fun. He told us amazing stories and made our visit to Quinta de Regaleira unforgettable. We loved the busy day—enjoying the Quinta de Regaleira, then a lovely lunch, then some great spots to look out over the ocean, then off-roading in the Jeep. This was a great way to get an overview of this area, and I totally recommend this tour. Gui was awesome, just saying. . .

Alexandra was a wonderful guide with the right amount of providing information and recommendations while giving us enough time to explore on our own. Her tips helped us avoid long waits and her restaurant tip in Sintra provided great views, delicious authentic Portuguese cuisine, and was affordable. This was the best part of our vacation in Portugal. I cannot recommend enough.

Best way to see Sintra- so pleasant and convenient. Also can cover much more ground than if trying to use public transport!

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