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Sintra: Jeep Tour with Visit to Pena Palace

1. Sintra: Jeep Tour with Visit to Pena Palace

Imagine kings and queens in mountain-top palaces, a kaleidoscope of bright colors. Magical forests filled with fairies, hidden treasure, or even ghosts. Sintra is a region filled with real-life castles and mysterious legends. Explore this UNESCO World Heritage town known for its romantic architecture and landscaping.  Start the day with a visit to the magical Pena Palace, the red-and-yellow Disney-like castle that sits atop Sintra’s second-highest peak. Walk around the external areas of Pena Palace.  The next stop is lunch at a traditional Portuguese restaurant in a small village. Enjoy fresh fish or tasty meat on the wood-fired grill and plenty of wine. After lunch, visit the 12th-century Peninha Sanctuary, built 500m above sea level. From here take in 360-degree views of the forest, the Atlantic Ocean, Lisbon, Sintra, and Cascais, on a stunning hike through one of the most amazing and mystical forests in the world. Finish with a visit to the hilltop megalithic structure that is essentially Portugal’s Stonehenge. As you cruise around in one of the convertible jeeps go off-road to epic lookouts and secret spots other visitors can’t reach.

Sintra: Half Day Jeep Safari

2. Sintra: Half Day Jeep Safari

Begin the tour with a complimentary pick-up from your hotel on the Estoril Coast and climb into a 4x4 Jeep. Listen to a quick briefing of what to expect from your half-day tour, then set off on the adventure. Select the private option for an even more personalized experience.  First, drive to the Sintra Mountain to enjoy breathtaking views of the coastline and the Atlantic Ocean. Get to know the interior of Sintra Forest as you hike along unique trails. Then, stop at the westernmost point of continental Europe, Cabo da Roca. Make a final stop to see the emblematic Peninha Sanctuary.  Finally, enjoy some free time to explore the historical city center of Sintra at your own pace. End the journey with return transport back to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Sanctuary of Peninha

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 21 reviews

We had a great trip on our half-day Jeep tour. George was a fantastic guide, very engaging and knowledgeable. We had already done some of the things on the itinerary so asked if we could change the route, and he was very obliging - we got to see a lot of places we were hoping to go. The off-road portions were rugged enough to be exciting but not uncomfortable. Beautiful views of the Atlantic Coast, Cabo da Roca, Convent of the Capuchos, Azenhas do Mar and even some dinosaur footprints! Very highly recommended!!

Excellent tour and a good way to experience two Sintra palaces in detail, as well as see several others from afar. Pedro was an outstanding guide and provided insightful commentary throughout the day. This tour, unlike most, requires one to get to Sintra on their own. While it is easy to do see via train from Lisbon and takes less than 40 minutes, it is crowded and not at all scenic. Lunch at a local restaurant was good. It was an additional 20E for everything included and a good value.

Fantastic time rich with history. Great way to Sintra quickly but effectively! Our guide - who was fantastic - gave us the option to spend the last part of the day going to Pena Palace or seeing some incredible sights. We chose the latter and were not disappointed!

Diogo was an incredible guide, and the tour was fantastic. Both palaces we visited were gorgeous, and the lunch provided was delicious and came with so much food. I could not recommend this tour enough!

Excellent and so much fun! We loved this tour and the tour guid Francisco was friendly and very knowledgeable. We will book again for sure! Thanks Francisco!