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Lisbon Card: 24, 48, or 72-Hour Pass

1. Lisbon Card: 24, 48, or 72-Hour Pass

Unlock the city of Lisbon with the flexible Lisbon Card. Enjoy unlimited travel on city transport, and free admission to 39 museums, historic buildings, and more. Benefit from discounts at a vast range of attractions, vouchers for different shops, and a handy guide that explains how to use the card. After exchanging your GetYourGuide voucher for the magnetic card, the Lisbon Card immediately provides 24-hour, 48-hour, or 72-hour access to the public transport system. Eligible on the Carris metro, buses, trams, and cable railways, it also works on CP trains between Cais do Sodré and Cascais, and trains between Oriente, Rossio, and Sintra.   Skip the lines to enter Jerónimos Monastery, and climb the Belem Tower. Enjoy free access to the National Tile Museum, the National Coach Museum, and others. Admire stunning palaces, including the Mafra National Palace and the Ajuda National Palace. Ride the famous Santa Justa Lift, and much more—all with one card. The Libson Card provides free entry to the following attractions: • Jerónimos Monastery / Monasterio de los Jerónimos• Pilar7 Bridge Experience / Experiencia Pilar 7 • LISBOA Story Centre• National Tile Museum / Museo Nacional del Azulejo   • National Coach Museum / Museo Nacional de Carruajes  • National Ancient Art Museum / Museo Nacional de Arte Antigua• Sintra Mitos e Lendas• Santa Justa Elevator / Ascensor de Santa Justa• Mafra National Palace / Palacio Nacional de Mafra• CARRIS• METRO• CP-Comboios de Portugal• FERTAGUS• National Pantheon / Panteón Nacional• Ajuda National Palace / Palacio Nacional de Ajuda• Chiado Museum - National Museum of Contemporary Art / Museo del Chiado Museo Nacional de Arte Contemporânea• National Ethnology Museum / Museo Nacional de Etnología      • National Costume Museum / Museo Nacional del Traje     • National Museum of Theatre and Dance / Museo Nacional del Teatro y de Danza  • National Archaeology Museum / Museo Nacional de Arqueología• National Music Museum Music / Museo Nacional de la Música• Dr. Anastácio Gonçalves Museum-Residence / Casa-Museo Dr. Anastácio Gonçalves• Republican National Guard Museum / Museo de la Guardia Nacional Republicana• Ceramics Museum - Sacavém / Museo de la Cerámica - Sacavém• Air Museum / Museo del Aire• Batalha Monastery / Monasterio de Batalha • Alcobaça Monastery / Monasterio de Alcobaça• Tomar Convent of Christ / Convento de Cristo - Tomar• Museum of Neo Realism - Vila Franca de Xira / Museo del Neo Realismo - Vila Franca de Xira• Museum of the work Michel Giacometti / Museo del Trabajo Michel Giacometti• Casa da Cerca - Museum of Contemporary Art - Almada / Casa da Cerca - Museu de Arte Contemporanea - Almada• Chapel of the Holy Spirit of the Mareantes - Sesimbra / Capilla del Espíritu Santo de los Mareantes - Sesimbra• Museum of Setúbal - Municipal Gallery / Museo de Setúbal - Galería Municipal• Rua Augusta Arch / Arco da Rua Augusta• Greenhouse / Invernadero Frío• Maritime Museum of Sesimbra / Museo Marítimo de Sesimbra• Museum Tesouro Real• CIRES – Roaz Interpretive Center of the Sado Estuary / CIRES - Centro Interpretativo del Roaz del Estuario del Sado• Royal Treasure Museum / Museu do Tesouro Real 

Sintra: Pena Palace and Park Entrance Ticket

2. Sintra: Pena Palace and Park Entrance Ticket

The palace is situated in the eastern part of the Park of Pena, which one has to pass through to reach the steep ramp built by the Baron of Eschwege that provides access to the castle-like building. The palace itself is composed of two wings: the former Manueline monastery of the Order of St. Jerome and the wing built in the 19th century by King Ferdinand II. These wings are ringed by a third architectural structure that is a fantastical version of an imaginary castle, whose walls one can walk around and which comprises battlements, watchtowers, an entrance tunnel and even a drawbridge. In 1838, King Ferdinand II acquired the former Hieronymite monastery of Our Lady of Pena, which was built by King Manuel I in 1511 on the top of the hill above Sintra and had been left unoccupied since 1834 when the religious orders were suppressed in Portugal. The monastery consisted of the cloister and its outbuildings, the chapel, the sacristy and the bell tower, which today form the northern section of the Palace of Pena, or the Old Palace as it is known. King Ferdinand began by making repairs to the former monastery, which, according to the historical sources of that time, was in very bad condition. He refurbished the whole of the upper floor, replacing the fourteen cells used by the monks with larger-sized rooms and covering them with the vaulted ceilings that can still be seen today. In roughly 1843, the king decided to enlarge the palace by building a new wing (the New Palace) with even larger rooms (the Great Hall is a good example of this), ending in a circular tower next to the new kitchens. The building work was directed by the Baron of Eschwege. The 1994 repair works restored the original colors of the Palace’s exterior: pink for the former monastery and ochre for the New Palace. In transforming a former monastery into a castle-like residence, King Ferdinand showed that he was heavily influenced by German romanticism, and that he probably found his inspiration in the Stolzenfels and Rheinstein castles on the banks of the Rhine, as well as Babelsberg Palace in Potsdam. These building works at the Palace of Pena ended in the mid-1860s, although further work was also undertaken at later dates for the decoration of the interiors. King Ferdinand also ordered the Park of Pena to be planted in the Palace’s surrounding areas in the style of the romantic gardens of that time, with winding paths, pavilions and stone benches placed at different points along its routes, as well as trees and other plants originating from the four corners of the earth. In this way, the king took advantage of the mild and damp climate of the Sintra hills to create an entirely new and exotic park with over five hundred different species of trees. The Palace of Pena was designated a National Monument in 1910 and forms part of the Cultural Landscape of Sintra, which has been classified by UNESCO as World Heritage since 1995.

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

3. 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. 

From Lisbon: Coastal Villages and Mafra Palace Guided Tour

4. 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.

From Lisbon: Sintra & Cascais Guided Day Tour

5. From Lisbon: Sintra & Cascais Guided Day Tour

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. Continue to Pena Palace located on the top of the Sintra Mountain. Embark on a guided tour through this colorful building and take in the incredible views from the mountain top. At the end of the tour, be dropped off at the original departure point.

Sintra Myths and Legends Interpretative Center Entry Ticket

6. Sintra Myths and Legends Interpretative Center Entry Ticket

Get a unique lesson in the history of Sintra with an entrance ticket to the Sintra Myths and Legends Interpretative Center. Journey into the mysticism and romanticism of the town through its history, music, literature and more. Using multimedia techniques and sensory experiences, reality and fiction intersect at all 17 points of a project designed by architects, set designers, scriptwriters, historians, and specialists in audiovisual productions, augmented reality, 3D films and more. See photos of the town and listen to the sounds of the forest as you take the elevator to listen to a narrator who will tell you when the rocky hills were created. Then, interact with historical events through touchscreens and animation. Gaze in wonder as legends are told through full-size holograms that invite you to become a player in the game and run through woods and avoid obstacles. Marvel at the animated portraits of authors who found inspiration in the resort town.  Make your way down to the basement, where new adventures await. Experience the heaving seas aboard a ship, venture into a pagan world of nature, animals, fairies, and more. 

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What people are saying about Sintra District

This is an amazing place to see- highly recommend and the gardens are beautiful Negative is the crazy queue with your pre booked time slot which is HUGE and very confusing as you are mixed up together with various times and the staff are quite short in temper. No water or ice cream kiosks and the coffee shop queue was very long

Really easy to use on all transport. Unfortunately didn't get given a guide book when we collected them at the airport as we probably could have used them in more places for discounts etc but a hassle free way to get around Lisbon

It’s such a beautiful place filled with so much culture and history. I’m thankful I was able to see this area on my trip. I have so much to share with my loved ones back in the US.

Definitely saves time buying your tickets here. Line ups are very long at the Palace.

The Lisbon card is great value. I’d recommend it to anyone visiting Lisbon.