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Lisbon: Pena Palace, Sintra, Cabo da Roca, & Cascais Daytrip

1. Lisbon: Pena Palace, Sintra, Cabo da Roca, & Cascais Daytrip

Escape Lisbon and go on a full-day, guided journey to some of Portugal’s most popular locations stopping at the iconic Pena Palace in Sintra, the awe-inspiring cliffs of Cabo da Roca, and the ritzy seaside town of Cascais. Choose between the shared tour or private tour options. Your journey from Lisbon starts at the famous city of Sintra, whose Romanticist architecture, historic estates and villas, and numerous royal palaces and castles have made it a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy the freedom of choice on whether you want an included entry ticket and tour of the colorful Pena Palace, or whether you prefer to gain some extra free time instead. Arriving early at Sintra means greater chances of avoiding long lines if you choose to go with your guide on a comprehensive tour through its lavish interiors and lush gardens. Marvel at the palace’s fairy-tale-like appearance, beautiful facade and extravagant interior. Next, head over to the center of Sintra and get 1.5-hour of free time to wander on your own. Get recommendations of the city’s must-see locations as well as the best restaurant options for delicious traditional Portuguese dining from your guide. 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. If weather permitting, stop at Guincho beach, whose strong winds and high swells have made it a popular surfing destination. Lastly, arrive in Cascais, an elegant seaside resort town on the Portuguese Riviera. Stroll through the lovely city center and make sure to check out Cascais’ luxury marina, its charming fishing port, and a restored fort that houses many local craftsmen. After your free exploration time in Cascais, relax back on board your air-conditioned vehicle, and admire more breathtaking views of the Portuguese coast as you make your way back to Lisbon.

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: Hidden Gems Guided Walking Tour with Pastry

3. 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.

From Lisbon: Sintra, Cabo da Roca and Cascais Full-Day Tour

4. From Lisbon: Sintra, Cabo da Roca and Cascais Full-Day Tour

On this full-day tour you’ll discover Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire the villa that’s surrounded by an amazing natural park, a castle, beautiful palaces and chalets. Take a walk along the medieval streets of Sintra an drive through the national park and see the rare fauna, the unique trees, the Moorish castle, Monserrate Palace and the chalets. Visit Pena Palace, one of the most impressive expressions of 19th-century Romanticism in architecture in the world and one of Portugal’s seven wonders. Say goodbye to Sintra with an optional visit to mystical Quinta da Regaleira, a palace surrounded by luxuriant gardens, lakes, caves and enigmatic constructions that hide obscure alchemist meanings, evoked by Freesmasons, Knights Templar and Rosicrucians. Continue on to the westernmost point of continental Europe at Roca Cape. Travel along the coast and embrace the Atlantic, and stop in Cascais and Estoril, once retreats for the royal family and the European aristocracy.

Sintra: Historical Jeep Tour

5. Sintra: Historical Jeep Tour

Hop into a classic Portuguese jeep to explore Sintra’s wonders. See the best of Sintra with the help of your tour guide, as you learn the incredible histories and explore the must-see landmarks in this 7-hour tour. Drive around three of the five stunning palaces of Sintra, the National Palace, Seteais Palace, Monserrate, as well as Moorish Castle. View the stunning palaces from multiple vantage points. Take in the gorgeous panoramic views of Sintra. Stop to visit Quinta de Regaleira. Marvel at the breathtaking architecture. Look deep into the initiation wells, that were once used for ceremonial purposes. Visit Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of continental Europe. Admire the gorgeous views atop the cape and hear the immensity of the ocean clashing into the land beneath you. If your group chooses to, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Continue on to a wine tasting, and relax with some of the finest wines Sintra has to offer. As the last stop on your tour, enter Pena Palace. Admire the colorful, unique palace, that looks like it has come straight out of a fairytale. Capture your final tour photos, before your guide returns you to your drop-off.

From Lisbon: Sintra Highlights Full-Day Tour

6. From Lisbon: Sintra Highlights Full-Day Tour

Fall in love with magical Sintra, the lasting symbol of Portugal's Romantic period. Its stunning landscape is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage of Humanity site that is begging for exploration. Start the tour by exploring the exotic Pena Park and the magnificent Pena Palace. This remarkable building is complete with different decorative styles, symbols, and intriguing features, and was once the royal family's official summer residence. Walk through Sintra's charming city center. Stop by the decorative Quinta da Regaleira estate. Explore the initiation well as well as its many lakes and fountains, and the aquarium on its grounds. Spend your lunchtime strolling through the historical village. Enjoy a quick stop at local patisseries to try some of Sintra's well-known delicacies. Conclude your journey at the eclectic Monserrate Palace, a glorious estate that once served as a summer residence for the Portuguese court.

From Lisbon: Sintra and Cascais Small Group Full-Day Tour

7. From Lisbon: Sintra and Cascais Small Group Full-Day Tour

Depart Lisbon and journey by air-conditioned, 8-seat vehicle to Pena Palace atop a rock overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Hear the romantic story of the palace and feel like a member of the Portuguese royal family. Then, head to Cabo da Roca for panoramic views from continental Europe’s westernmost point. Pass the stunning beaches of Cascais, including the scenic Praia do Guincho. Experience the mystery of the Devil's Mouth cave, created by the crashing of the waves on the rocky bluff. Stop in the elegant resort town of Cascais, favored by the nobles of Europe for its idyllic setting. Stroll along the harbor before traveling back to Lisbon.

From Lisbon: Sintra, Cabo da Roca & Cascais Ful-Day Tour

8. From Lisbon: Sintra, Cabo da Roca & Cascais Ful-Day Tour

This tour will take you to Sintra, a world heritage site, where medieval streets, castles, palaces, and chalets of diverse architectures coexist, inserted in a natural park that shows plants from diverse parts of the world, forming a vast and magical green forest.  Onwards, travel towards the Atlantic Ocean, to discover Cape Roca, the westernmost point of Europe. Travel along the sea and admire Guincho Beach enormous sand bed, which hosts many international surfing events due to gigantic waves. Pass through Cascais, and Estoril, both famous for their cosmopolitan environment, and finally visit Estoril’s worldly renowned Casino and beautiful gardens. Return to Lisbon driving along the Estoril Coast admiring the breath-taking sight of white sanded beaches along the way.

Lisbon, Sintra and Cascais: Full-Day Private Tour

9. Lisbon, Sintra and Cascais: Full-Day Private Tour

See the best of Sintra and the Lisbon Riviera on a private full-day tour. Discover the whimsical architecture of Sintra’s town center and Sintra Natural Park. Visit Pena Palace, perched on a rock overlooking the coast. Admire its mix of Moorish and Manueline motifs. Stop for a traditional Portuguese lunch before visiting Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point in continental Europe. See the elegant resort town of Cascais. This one-time quiet fishing village was discovered by European nobility and later became a favorite of the jet set.

From Lisbon: Paragliding Tandem Flight

10. From Lisbon: Paragliding Tandem Flight

Run, launch your inflatable canopy, and enjoy the ride while your experienced pilot takes you on a flight over the Lisbon coastline. Depending on the weather conditions, your flight will take place either at Praia das Bicas (Sesimbra), Fonte da telha (Almada), Arrábida (Setúbal), or Santa Rita (Sintra). All pilots have several years of experiences which why you do not need any. The canopy is made from very resistant materials such as ripstop nylon and Kevlar.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 4,515 reviews

Our driver, Daniel, picked us up at our AirB&B on time in a comfortable, clean minivan. We wanted to end the day in Sintra rather than return to Lisbon so he organized the trip to fit our needs. Daniel took us to the sights we chose to visit and gave us insightful information about each sight. We were taken to a wonderful local restaurant that we wouldn't have know about other wise. I felt well taken care of and highly recommend this tour.

Nelson was the best guide. He's got personality, patience and paced the day perfectly. He's a humble insider who loves what he does and it showed from start to finish. Wonderful way to see all the palaces and beaches in a short period of time.

Excellent tour and experience! Diego was very knowledgeable, professional, friendly, and helpful. The bus driver was very nice and the bus was very clean and comfortable. Fantastic!!

such an amazing experience. goncalo and filipe were, in one word, legends!! would recommend this trip to anyone who visits Lisbon!

Very comfortable trip, excellent driver. Learned a lot, excellent lunch. Highly recommended!