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Sintra District

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Sintra: Jeep Safari, Sunset Hike, and Tapas at the Beach

1. Sintra: Jeep Safari, Sunset Hike, and Tapas at the Beach

Set off from the meeting point in a convertible Jeep and enjoy great views of the sights and palaces of Sintra as you drive through the town. Head off-road down an unmarked trail and you will reach the westernmost point of continental Europe – the incredible cliffs of Cabo da Roca. Here you’ll start to see the sun going down. From here you begin the hike down to the secret beach It’s a steep route with some twists and turns, but after a half-hour walk you’ll reach the soft, golden sand. Relax on the beach and enjoy some traditional Portuguese ‘petiscos’ (tapas) such as cheese, chouriço, bread, and more. Take a swim in the Atlantic Ocean, or sit back on the beach with a couple of glasses of wine and enjoy the stunning sunset over the ocean.

Sintra: Walking Tour with Palace, Castle, and Old Town Visit

2. Sintra: Walking Tour with Palace, Castle, and Old Town Visit

Meet at the local supplier's office in Sintra which is located a one-minute walk from Sintra train station. On arrival at the office, you can view the big wall topographic map of the region that shows all the options of the walking tour. In a small briefing, design your personalized walk through Sintra town. Then, start your walk through the picturesque tracks with some views. Chat about the history, legends, morphology, and vegetation. Visit a Moorish castle, archaeological site, Pena Palace and gardens, Chalet of the Countess, Villa Sasseti, and historic center of Sintra. You can choose different monuments and paths according to your physical condition.

Sintra: Half Day Jeep Safari

3. 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.

Sintra: Kingdom of Love Private Walking Tour with Historian

4. Sintra: Kingdom of Love Private Walking Tour with Historian

The tour begins in the Historic Center of Sintra where you meet your expert guide for the day, a local historian. Listen to an insightful introduction about the region and a selection of romantic stories set here. With your guide, go off-the-beaten-track into a quieter part of the area. Climb the hills and wander through the woodlands as you discover romantic meeting-spots from the 18th and 19th centuries, documented through historic literature and personal memoirs. Along the way, stop at a number of view points to admire the stunning surrounding landscapes and marvel at the nearby monuments including Pena Palace, Quinta da Regaleira, and Sintra National Palace. On the return part of the route, visit, from the outside, a number of houses and villas that reflect Sintra’s Romanticism era and hear the tales of the people who once lived here.

Sintra: Half-Day Forest Hike and Picnic

5. Sintra: Half-Day Forest Hike and Picnic

See a different side of Sintra with a hike into the mountainous forests that surround the town. Look out for historic landmarks alongside the natural beauty of the area. Drive through Sintra town, then turn off-road to reach the incredible 12th-century Santuario de Peninha. From the convent on the hill take in the expansive views that stretch all the way to Cascais, Lisbon, and Sintra. Begin the two-hour hike into the forest. Note the variety of plants, pines, and ferns that thrive in the area. Hike to a megalithic structure that has been labelled as ‘Portugal’s Stonehenge’. The structure sits 426 meters above sea level and its origins are a mystery (but your guide can offer some theories). Sample some Portuguese snacks whilst you rest and listen to interesting facts about your surroundings.

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What people are saying about Sintra District

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!!

We have just made this excursion, it has seemed to us one of the best we have done, the guide Ricardo has made us feel a great adventure and super fun, correct, polite and very friendly, he has prepared us some delicious appetizers, no detail has been lacking, highly recommended And if you are lucky enough to get Ricardo, you will have a great experience guaranteed. Thanks a lot

I came alone, I had a great time with my guide who was very friendly and interesting. I learn a lot about the flora of the area, the history and the architecture. Definitely recommend!

Such an authentic experience. Mario is so knowledgeable and made sure we had such a good time. Highly recommend. Definitely the highlight of my time in Lisbon/Sintra.

Highly suggest this tour. Super accommodating. A hearty hike/walk be prepared but you see so much more! The garden was lovely. Long day so prepare snacks too!