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  • Faro: Mystic and Romantic Sintra Tour

    1. Faro: Mystic and Romantic Sintra Tour

    Join this mystical and romantic tour and go back in time to visit the ancient village of Sintra. You'll walk through historical roads whilst observing the surrounding vegetation, which is bound to provide you with a relaxing sensation. Sintra is one of the most romantic villages in Portugal, and whilst there you will learn of the role that it had for the Portuguese monarchy. You'll also discover famous myths surrounding Pena Palace, exactly what sits inside the Seteais Palace, and why there is a labyrinth in Quinta da Regaleira. You will visit the famous Sintra Mountain and the Pena Park and Palace, with plenty of time for you to explore the grounds. Get ready to experience Sintra from a different perspective, as your local charismatic guide reveals interesting facts about the ancient village.

  • Sintra: Pena Palace and Park Skip-the-Ticket-Line Entrance

    2. Sintra: Pena Palace and Park Skip-the-Ticket-Line Entrance

    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...

    A very wonderful place that can get very busy for good reason. Buying the ticket beforehand allowed us to avoid the queue for tickets, which was quite long.

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

    3. 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.

    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-...

    Excellent tour - Joao was an awesome guide who was very knowledgeable. We had such great weather to explore Pena Palace, Cabo da Roca and Cascais. Highly recommend.

  • 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 s...

    Awesome trip to Sintra, with a lovely group, Sofia is amazing tour guide, highly recommended, don’t missed.

  • Sintra: Castle of the Moors Fast Track Ticket

    5. Sintra: Castle of the Moors Fast Track Ticket

    The Castle of the Moors was classified as a National Monument in 1910 and it also forms part of the Sintra Cultural Landscape classified by UNESCO as World Heritage Site in 1995. It soars 412 m above sea level and looms high above the surrounding forest.  The 10th-century Moorish castle’s dizzying ramparts stretch across the mountain ridges and past moss-clad boulders the size of small buses. The best walking route here from Sintra-Vila is not along the main road but the quicker, partly off-road route via Rua Marechal Saldanha. The steep trail is around 2 km, but quiet and rewarding.  Once you reach the castle, the views over Sintra’s palace-dotted hill, across to the glittering Atlantic are breathtaking. Along the walkways, you can admire the unique landscape that in the foreground features Sintra town and its town hall, the Palace of Pena and the hills. In the background, admire the ...

    Helps skip the ticket line, although it wasn’t too long at all comparatively to other attractions in Sintra.

  • From Lisbon: Sintra, Cascais and Cabo da Roca Coast Day Tour

    6. From Lisbon: Sintra, Cascais and Cabo da Roca Coast Day Tour

    Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of Lisbon on a visit to nearby sites of natural and architectural beauty. On this full-day tour, you’ll start off with a walk in Pena Park. Feel like royalty in Pena Palace. Marvel at the views of the surrounding landscape and the Atlantic Ocean. Your guide will tell you about the fascinating history associated with this romantic palace. Next on the tour is a visit to the historical center of Sintra. Enjoy free time for lunch or visit the National Palace. Continue on with a drive through the Sintra Mountains. Stop at the end of the world, the great cliffs at Roca Cape, which are the westernmost point of continental Europe. The last stop of the tour is the stylish town of Cascais, where you can take a relaxing walk along the bay before heading back to Lisbon.

    AMAZING TOUR. Everything was so PERFECT. Well planned, well explained. You’ll get to know the history of Portugal and see nice views. I really recommend it. THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING.

  • From Lisbon: Sintra Highlights Full-Day Tour

    7. 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 with a walk through the city center of Sintra and go to the decorative Quinta da Regaleira estate to explore the famous initiation well and the many lakes, fountains and the aquarium dotted across its grounds. The journey continues to the eclectic Monserrate Palace, a glorious estate that once served as a summer residence for the Portuguese court. Lunchtime will be spent wandering around the historical village, followed by a quick stop at local patisseries where you can try some of Sintra's well-known delicacies. Continuing on to the exotic Pena Park, come across the magnificent Pena Palace, a remarkable building complete with different decorative styles, symbols, and intrigui...

    Loved spending all the time in Sintra instead of going there as only part of the excursion. Our guide Mathew was excellent in terms of breadth and depth of knowledge about the history of many things ! Not just Sintra but a big picture of all of Portugal and Spain .. of the Iberian peninsula . Very friendly and easy to work with . Good timing to see things plus personal time to shop , lunch , etc including knowledge of design in the castles .

  • From Lisbon: Sintra, Regaleira, Cape Roca, and Cascais Tour

    8. From Lisbon: Sintra, Regaleira, Cape Roca, and Cascais Tour

    Lord Byron called Sintra the “Garden of Eden” and others have named it the “Most beautiful village in the world.” Discover why on this 8-hour sightseeing tour around its paradisiacal streets and gardens. You will feel the magic and mystery that emanates from all the palaces, villas and estates throughout the landscape.  See Pena National Palace (ticket not included) and discover an exotic and eclectic profusion of styles in accordance with the tastes of Romanticism. Pena is something out of a fairytale, located approximately 500 meters above sea level and a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the most recognizable monument of Sintra's cultural landscape From there reach Sintra, whose cultural landscape is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Before exploring its historic center, go to Quinta da Regaleira (Entrance included), one of the most romantic places you’ll ever see. The property has four he...

    Everything was amazing. All along the tour, the guide spoke loud and clear. The tour was interesting and informative. The guide was nice and friendly with a lot of knowledge. Highly recommended!

  • From Lisbon: Sintra, Regaleira and Pena Palace Guided Tour

    9. From Lisbon: Sintra, Regaleira and Pena Palace Guided Tour

    Benefit from a guided tour inside the Quinta Regaleira and Pena Palace. Fall in love with Sintra, a village full of magic and mystery, the lasting symbol of Portugal's Romantic period and also classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Opt to treat yourself and loved ones to a private experience with your own guide and pickup from your own hotel. Alternatively, you can get picked up from a convenient location in the center of Lisbon. Accompanied by an enthusiastic and dedicated tour guide, you will visit Quinta da Regaleira and enjoy its lush gardens, lakes, grottoes, and enigmatic constructions, including the world-famous Initiation Well. Uncover the mysteries of each place and learn about the orders of the Freemasons and the Knights Templar. During the lunch break in Sintra's old town, you will have free time to explore the historical and charming streets. You will also have time t...

    We had a fantastic time on this tour! Our guide, Maria, was fantastic and so informative. We really appreciated how small the group was (only 8 of us), which allowed for everyone to get to know one another, ask a ton of questions and do what we were all interested in. I would absolutely recommend anyone this tour if they are interested in seeing two amazing sites and picking up a ton of info as they go. The only thing I would tell people in advance is definitely plan for this tour to go a little over. We learned quickly the Portuguese people don't really stick to tight timetables and it's important to be flexible and go with the flow. If you can do that, you'll have an amazing time. So just don't make dinner reservations for right after the tour - you probably won't make them. But the info you'll pick up instead will make this extra time soooo worth it!!!!

  • National Palace of Sintra and Gardens Fast Track Ticket

    10. National Palace of Sintra and Gardens Fast Track Ticket

    Explore 1,000 years of Portuguese history with a skip-the-line entry ticket to the National Palace of Sintra. Enter the historic monument, first built as a Moorish castle after the Umayyad conquest of Hispania in the 8th century. Follow in the footsteps of the first king of Portugal, who extended the fortress in 1147. Marvel at how later extensions made use of the natural landscape as you admire the Manueline and Mudejar designs of the interior courtyards and discover windows with surmounted arches and walls covered in glazed tiles of geometric patterns.

    We did not save enough time for the visit (exploring Pena palace took longer than anticipated) and we missed out on seeing the gardens, as they were already closing. I recommend better time management;)

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What people are saying about Pena Palace

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 14,433 reviews

This is the first time I booked a group tour and I’m very much satisfied of how it turned out. We were a group of 8 and our tour guide named André was very informative. He never let us get bored during the tour and always got our atention. Highly recommended for future travelers.

The tour was great with great tourguide Mario who knows history and surroundings very well - actually no question w/o answers... places are amazing and scenic...

A very wonderful place that can get very busy for good reason. Buying the ticket beforehand allowed us to avoid the queue for tickets, which was quite long.

The palaces and countryside around Sintra are a must see if you are in Lisbon and this small group tour with guide is excellent.

Great experience, magical place. People are amazing and so helpful