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Sintra + Cascais: Best of Sintra Semi-Private Tour

1. Sintra + Cascais: Best of Sintra Semi-Private Tour

Escape Lisbon and go on a full-day, guided journey to some of Portugal’s most popular attractions. Stop at the iconic Nacional Palace in Sintra, the awe-inspiring cliffs of Cabo da Roca, 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 1.5-hour of free time to wander around Sintra. 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.

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Sintra & Cascais Small Group Day Tour from Lisbon

2. Sintra & Cascais Small Group Day Tour from Lisbon

Spend an entire day exploring Lisbon's surroundings on a tour that takes you to Sintra and Cascais. First visit the mysterious and fascinating village of Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to explore its natural landscapes and cultural and natural heritage. Upon exploring the village, you will feel as though Sintra seems to have come straight from a fairy tale, with its many palaces and Romantic architecture. You will have time to enjoy lunch among the splendid scenery and may choose to enjoy a traditional meal at a local restaurant, or bring your own lunch and eat outside. Next, it is time to cross the mystic mountain of Sintra towards the Atlantic Ocean. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to see the quaint Colares village and to learn more about local wines dating to the 13th century. You’ll also see Praia das Maçãs, a small and popular local beach. Reaching the coast, you will make a stop in one of the most picturesque seaside towns, Azenhas do Mar, which has a stunning view overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Next, you will be taken to the westernmost point of continental Europe. From here, you will climb down to the beach. Continue on to Cascais, a former fishing village that gained fame as a resort for Portugal's royal family in the late 19th century and early 20th century. At the end of the tour you will dropped off at the original departure point.

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From Lisbon: Coastal Villages and Mafra Palace Guided Tour

3. From Lisbon: Coastal Villages and Mafra Palace Guided Tour

First stop will be Azenhas do Mar, a scenic village on the coast built in the "Portuguese Soft Style". Continue along the coast, passing by steep cliffs and wild beaches. Arrive in Ericeira, a village known for its blue and white buildings, as well as its lively food scene. Enjoy free time to explore the village at your own pace and have lunch. After lunch, head to Jose Franco, a working village and open-air museum that showcases the traditional culture and handicrafts of the área. End your tour with a visit to the magnificent Palace of Mafra, a masterpiece from the eighteenth century and one of the most important buildings in the Portuguese Baroque style. The palace is home to 92 bells, 1200 rooms, and over 4,700 doors and windows. It also hosts the oldest library in Portugal with about 36,000 volumes. Enjoy a tour of the site with your dedicated guide, who will share interesting facts and stories about the monument.

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Lisbon: Sintra, Azenhas do Mar and Cascais Day Trip

4. Lisbon: Sintra, Azenhas do Mar and Cascais Day Trip

Marvel at the Moorish castles and fairytales palaces of Sintra on a full-day sightseeing tour from Lisbon. Transfer by air-conditioned minivan to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, and explore the picturesque streets of the bohemian village at its heart. See the ornate Sintra National Palace, along with romantic fountains, churches, chapels, and shrines. Continue to the coastal village of Azenhas do Mar to wander among buildings with tiled façades. Enjoy some beach time at Praia da Maçãs, surrounded by imposing cliffs, golden sands, and clear waters. Discover the saltwater swimming pool loved by the local inhabitants, along with fans of recreational fishing, surfing, paragliding, and kite surfing. Watch the surfers surfing the waves at Praia Grande. Close by is the biggest oceanic saltwater pool in Europe, while on the opposite side there are traces of dinosaur footprints on the cliff. Next, go the most westerly point of continental Europe at Cabo da Roca. Enjoy a fantastic view of the beaches and sea from the cliff top. En route back to Lisbon, discover the unique dunes of Guincho Beach, famous as a sanctuary for surf, windsurf, and kitesurf lovers. Visit the charming town of Cascais, a former fishing village that became a favorite royal retreat. Stroll among the elegant boutiques, restaurants, and hotels.

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Mountain & Ocean Wonders: Jeep & E-Bike Tour

5. Mountain & Ocean Wonders: Jeep & E-Bike Tour

Get picked up from your accommodation at 10 AM to start your unique wine experience. Climb into a comfortable air-conditioned minivan and set off for Sintra through some of the oldest roads in Portugal. See some points of interest and some amazing views on the way. Meet your wine expert and make the first stop at Colares – the oldest cooperative wine cellar in the country. Find out how this cellar congregates more than 50% of the total wine production, with an important social role in the region. While you explore, the wine expert will explain everything you need to know about the wine. Then, continue on to Azenhas do Mar, the Portuguese version of Santorini. Here, taste some of the best wines in the country while enjoying an extraordinary view. Experience the combination of wonderful wine, a sea breeze, and sun. Next, visit the Viúva Gomes wine cellar. This winery exists within the demarcated wine-growing region defined in 1908, characterized by its dunes and sandy soils situated on the coastline of Sintra, between the hills and the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy adequate time to explore and take pictures. After that, drive along the coast to Cabo da Roca, the most western point in Europe, where the ocean clashes with the earth in perfect harmony. Enjoy the views of Sintra Mountain and its coast from a new perspective. Last but not least, head over to a secret location to savor a selection of delicious tapas. This snack will be composed of fresh bread, and a selection of the best Portuguese cheese and sausage all accompanied by some of the most exquisite wines that the region has to offer.

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Sintra: Portuguese Beaches and Colares Private Jeep Tour

6. Sintra: Portuguese Beaches and Colares Private Jeep Tour

At beginning of your private tour, you will be picked up at your accommodation at 9:00 AM, where you will meet your friendly guide and your fantastic 4x4 jeep that will be yours for the day. Sintra is not just the magical, mountainous villa people know of but it's also a whole council of 319,2 km² that includes an amazing coastline, with more than a dozen natural beaches, and a vast area of rural villages with lots of traditions. This tour aims to show you not just Sintra's center and the well-known mountain with the princess-like castle on the top, but also the less-visited places in this region, that are true gems ready to be discovered. There is no better way to do so than on board a 4x4 classic Portuguese jeep. After that, it's time to explore Sintra's mountain, where you will get chance to see and know all of the sights and monuments' history (choose one monument to visit in the inside). From Pena Palace, the famous fairy-tale-like palace on the top of the hill, to Quinta da Regaleira with its enigmatic grottoes and mysteries, passing through the Moorish Castle, Monserrate Palace, and many more.  From Sintra's mountain, you then head to the beautiful countryside following the century old tram line, until you reach Colares, where life is simple and agriculture predominates, as well as wine making. Colares has the oldest wine seller in the country and you will be taken there for a brief visit, before getting to know Portugal's wine traditions a little better. From the wine cellar, you head across the winding road trail to some of the stunning Portuguese beaches such as Praia Grande and Praia Pequena, before stopping at Azenhas do Mar. Located between the ocean and a big cliff, this small town has a heavenly location and is among the most appreciated and exciting beaches in Europe. You will also stop at Adraga Beach, another of Sintra's gems, so you can catch the ocean breeze and relax a little, while overlooking the wild scenery. From there, you go off-road trail to a hidden, secret location, that you would only reach with the help of a 4x4 vehicle (not even all the local know about it). A true picture perfect location, with stunning and breathtaking views you will never forget.   You head back to starting point of the tour, but this time via off-road tracks so you have a little more adventure, before finishing this authentic tour of Sintra — for those who are looking for more than the conventional.

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From Lisbon: Van Tour to Sintra, Cascais and Estoril

7. From Lisbon: Van Tour to Sintra, Cascais and Estoril

Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of Lisbon, discover the natural and architectural beauty of Sintra and Cascais. After pickup at your hotel or at the meeting point in Lisbon at around 9:00 AM, begin this full-day tour with a walk in Pena Park. See the park’s secret caves, and admire the elegant Pena Palace. Marvel at the views of the surrounding landscape and the Atlantic Ocean. Your guide will share the fascinating history associated with this romantic palace.  Next, visit the historical center of Sintra and taste the delicious pastries from this village. In addition, you will have free time for lunch and your guide will be happy to suggest some of the best restaurants in this area. Continue with a drive through a national park, passing the palaces of Quinta da Regaleira and Seteais. Enjoy a fabulous photo opportunity at the Roca Cape cliffs, the western most point of Europe 'where the earth ends and the sea begins'. The last stop on your tour is the stylish town of Cascais. Here you will take a relaxing wander along the bay, savor an ice cream or shop in the stylish stores. Return to Lisbon by the sea, along the coastal road of Estoril. This tour is totally private with only your family or group and is flexible to suit you.

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Lisbon: Sintra Food Tour and Wine Tasting with Scenic Drive

8. Lisbon: Sintra Food Tour and Wine Tasting with Scenic Drive

Leave the busy city of Lisbon behind as you travel to the quaint village of Sintra for your first tasting. Taste a ‘travesseiro’, a delicious Portuguese sweet made of soft pastry filled with egg and almond cream. Learn about the history of bakeries in Portugal and learn why pastry confectionery is so dear to the Portuguese while you stroll around the beautiful village center. From Sintra, head to Colares, just 8 km away, for a wine tasting at the Adega Regional de Colares. The oldest wine cooperative in the country, the site was founded in 1931 and gathers more than 50% of the total regional production, playing an important role in the local economy. This wine house boasts a dazzling interior due to the sheer number of casks it houses, this is where the aging process takes place. After the wine tasting and sampling, enjoy a guided tour of the site to see the process of winemaking, learn about its history, and discover how these wines have their distinctive flavor. After Colares, it's time to stop by a local restaurant to recharge your batteries and dine on a delicious Portuguese meal. Next, cross the Sintra mountains all the way to the coastline to marvel at the stunning sea views. Enjoy a scenic drive along the waterfront and past the village of Azenhas do Mar, and the beach and surf destination of Guincho. Finally, observe some local shellfish nurseries before heading for one final tasting in the Cascais Bay Area.

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Lisbon: Private Luxury Coastline Tour

9. Lisbon: Private Luxury Coastline Tour

Take the stress out of traveling on crowded public transport by opting for a deluxe tour of the beautiful coastline surrounding Lisbon. Enjoy pickup from your hotel. Sit back and enjoy a complementary mineral water as your private driver takes you to the area's gorgeous natural sights. Experience beautiful beaches and scenic viewpoints of the Atlantic Ocean. Drive over the 25th April Bridge, and glide through the Arrábida and Sintra Natural Parks. Stop off at a mountain fishing village and sample the fresh, local cuisine. Enjoy the beautiful views before returning to Lisbon and drop-off at your hotel.

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Cascais: Full-Day Coastline Tour by 4x4

10. Cascais: Full-Day Coastline Tour by 4x4

Hop aboard a restored convertible Portuguese 4x4 and set out to see the wild west coast of Portugal. Take in the natural beauty that exists in the Sintra region, away from the spectacular palaces and monuments. Start the expedition at Guincho Beach, where you’ll spot surfers catching seemingly endless waves. Head off on dirt tracks and continue inland until you reach the mountaintop 12th-century Peninha Sanctuary. Enjoy 360-views of the coastline that stretches from Lisbon to Cascais, Costa da Caparica and Arrabida. Get back in the 4x4, set off, and feel the wind in your hair as you return to the coast. Reach ‘the edge of the earth’ at Cabo da Roca. The sheer cliffs and lighthouse mark the westernmost point on mainland Europe. Contie to Buraco do Fojo, a natural sight and viewpoint that is off-the-beaten track. Finish the day by sinking your toes into the sand on the beautiful beaches of Sintra. Head from Praia Grande to Praia das Maças before reaching Azenhas do Mar. Here traditional white-washed Portuguese villages cling to the cliffside above sandy beaches and the wild Atlantic ocean. Soak it all in before you’re dropped off at Sintra train station.

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What people are saying about Azenhas do Mar

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 166 reviews

I booked this excursion to Sintra and surroundings for October 16, 2021. Then I received a whatsapp from the guide to inform me that he would pick us up at 8:00 a.m. at the hotel. When the day arrived, Hugo, our guide, was at the hotel reception on time and with a clean and new car. Hugo is a great professional, formal, attentive, friendly, he knows the places to visit well and his advice made it possible for us to visit Sintra without the crowds of tourists. We had an unforgettable day and at the end of the visit he took us back to the hotel. You cannot go to Lisbon and not visit Sintra, so I recommend this excursion 100%.

The whole tour is amazing, full of experience. There is plenty of time for enjoying and exploring at each stop of the tour. Tania is a great guide, she was so nice and understanding, easy to communicate. She gave as all the info we needed about the historical places and the whole area. Also she was full of fun facts and great stories about Portuguese history. I fully reccomend it!

The tour guide Ronaldo was friendly and definitely showed us more than expected. But for the castle in Sintra I suggest take a whole day and not just 90 min. The park is beautiful and worth walking around too.

the entire trip was flawless and eduardo was a perfect guide. we experienced everything described and more and we learned so much about this beautiful country’s history and specifically sintra.

Nelson and the Mountain Goat( the 4x4) was amazing. Very nice, spoke excellent English, knew alot about the places we were visiting and was just really awesome