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Sintra: Castle of the Moors Fast Track Ticket

1. 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 extensive plain running northwards and the Atlantic Ocean.

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Sintra: Monserrate Palace and Park Skip-the-Line Ticket

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

Four kilometers from Sintra’s historic center is the unique Monserrate Palace, located in the center of a beautiful 30-hectare park. The Park and Palace of Monserrate were included in the Cultural Landscape of Sintra, which was been classified by UNESCO as World Heritage Site in 1995. The 19th-century castle is known not only for its unique Moorish-Gothic-Indian style architecture but also for its surrounding gardens.  Over the years, the gardens have welcomed plant species from all over the world. In the various gardens, you will find surprisingly contrasting scenery, from tree ferns from Australia and New Zealand, to agaves and yuccas from Mexico. Seek out the Himalayan rhododendron and the bamboo-fringed Japanese garden abloom with camellias. Enjoy a stroll along the paths and discover ruins, lakes and waterfalls. 

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Queluz National Palace & Gardens Skip-the-Line Ticket

3. Queluz National Palace & Gardens Skip-the-Line Ticket

Take a short trip from Lisbon to discover the National Palace of Queluz and its historical gardens. Escape the hustle of the city, just 12 km from Lisbon, and relax in this picturesque setting. Benefit from a skip-the-line ticket, heading straight in on arrival. Explore the Palácio de Queluz which was once a hunting lodge, converted in the late 1700s to a royal summer residence.  See the evolution of the Court’s tastes through 18th and 19th centuries, seeing evidence of Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassicism. Wander through the surrounding  queen-of-hearts formal gardens, with oak-lined avenues, fountains and an azulejo-lined canal where the royals went boating. Discover the complicated family history with a scheming Spanish daughter-in-law and eccentric British visitors. Imagine the splendour of the royals in this palace as you walk through the gilded, mirror-lined Throne Room and Pedro IV’s bedroom where he slept under a circular ceiling, surrounded by Don Quixote murals. Enjoy a break and a delicious meal in the palace’s vast kitchens, that is now house a palatial restaurant, the elegant Cozinha Velha, where you can feast on original palace recipes such as the steamed Dover sole. 

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Secrets of Sintra and Cascais Private Tour

4. Secrets of Sintra and Cascais Private Tour

Travel along the Marginal Avenue, a winding waterfront road with sweeping views of the Tagus River and the Atlantic Ocean. You will see beautiful views, white sandy beaches, fishing vessels, ancient fortresses and old mansions. Passing by Estoril, you'll see the largest casino in Europe. At Cascais, take your time to walk around the scenic fishing village and a former vacation destination for the Portuguese Royal family. Bask in the narrow alleys and see the traditional Portuguese white houses, the stunning beaches and relaxing shores. Get sweeping ocean views from Cabo da Roca, the most western point of Europe. This place, “where the land ends and sea begins”, mastering the turbulent waters up to 140-meters high crushing loudly against the rocks offers a beautiful view of the wild coastline. Get your camera ready because Cabo da Roca is a real-life postcard. Sintra is a magical, mountainous villa where all monuments have a majestic architecture full of stories and unraveling mysteries, stunning Gardens, centenary trees and ancient castles await you! But first you will be taken throw the historic center where you will see the traditional Portuguese narrow streets and take pictures of the mesmerizing medieval National Sintra palace and its iconic chimneys. Quinta da Regaleira, one of the most romantic places on planet Earth. The property has 4 hectares of luxurious gardens, an impotent palace with surrounding towers, a Chapple, enigmatic grottoes and countless mysteries and secrets for you to discover. Passing through the Seteais Palace, you will see this neoclassical palace which is now a luxury hotel, restaurant and a tourist attraction included in the Cultural Landscape of Sintra, listed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Many famous personalities such as Agatha Christie, Harrison Ford, Brad Pitt, and Johnny Deep have stayed at this fantastic place. Pena Palace, an extravagant palace built on top of the mountain at 500 meters of Altitude dominates the whole of the coastline and is truly an image taken from a fairy-tale. This building is a mixture of Moorish and Manueline, architecture and is definitely a most see in Sintra. At the end of your day of guaranteed adventures you'll be dropped off back at the place you initially met. But before you return, have a taste and experience the most delicious traditional wine (not available on Sundays) and finger food.

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From Lisbon: Sintra, Cascais and Estoril Full-Day Trip

5. From Lisbon: Sintra, Cascais and Estoril Full-Day Trip

You’ll be picked up at your accommodation between 9:00 AM and 10:00 AM and start your full-day excursion with a drive to Sintra village. In Sintra you’ll have a chance to visit the Palácio da Pena (Pena Palace), one of the 7 Wonders of Portugal. Then, take in the stunning gardens, caves, and architecture of Quinta da Regaleira or you can choose to visit the National Palace in the center of the village. You’ll have free time for lunch and a walk around the historical center of Sintra village, and to taste the traditional Travesseiros de Sintra. Next, you’ll drive through the National Park of Sintra-Cascais to Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of continental Europe. You’ll hear about the history of the site and enjoy stunning views from the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. On the way to Cascais you’ll stop to visit Boca do Inferno (Hell´s Mouth). In the charming village of Cascais you’ll have some free time to explore the historical center’s main streets. On your way back to Lisbon you’ll enjoy a panoramic tour around Casino Estoril, an iconic place that served as a setting for a popular action movie.

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From Lisbon: Full-Day Tour to Sintra and Cascais by Car

6. From Lisbon: Full-Day Tour to Sintra and Cascais by Car

Your guide will pick you up in a location of your choosing and will take you along the coast all the way to Cascais, stopping in Boca do Inferno, which is a rocky formation different from anything you've ever seen! From there, you'll be headed to Cabo da Roca to marvel at the view of the ocean, it was known as the end of the known world, the most western point of Europe. Afterward, it's time to have lunch by the coast so you can rest, enjoy some local seafood and be ready for the second part of your tour! You will be visiting two palaces in Sintra, Quinta da Regaleira and Palácio da Pena, both of these locations are filled with both history and myth, be ready to be smitten by the wonders of these magic-filled places. To finish your tour, you'll be taking a walk through the village of Sintra where you'll be able to enjoy the local pastries. After exploring Sintra your guide will drop you off at your desired location.

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From Lisbon: Day Trip to Sintra, Cape Roca, and Cascais

7. From Lisbon: Day Trip to Sintra, Cape Roca, and Cascais

Travel from Lisbon to explore the charming town of Sintra on this day trip from Lisbon. Admire the lighthouse perched on the cliffs at Cape Roca. Watch waves break in the mouth of a chasm at Hell's Mouth in Cascais. Be picked up from the meeting point in Lisbon and relax as you travel to Lisbon. Choose to see a vivid Romanticist castle at Pena Palace or wander through the shops, cafés, gardens, and restaurants in the center of town. Head to Cape Roca and stand at the western end of the continent. Snap some photos of the dramatic cliffs and Atlantic Ocean. Continue on a scenic route to the resort town of Cascais. Stop at Hell's Mouth to see the water surge into a large sea cave. Have some free time in Cascais to walk along the bay, or stroll through the old town to view the the Citadel Palace and medieval fort Nossa Senhora da Luz.

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Sintra Private Day Tour

8. Sintra Private Day Tour

You will be picked up at your accommodation to spend a memorable day with a genuine charming guide that will show you all the most emblematic locations and help you learn about their history on the way. Visit to Palácio da Pena, considered to be one of the seven wonders of Portugal and Sintra Village Historical Center with free time to taste the traditional Travesseiros de Sintra.  You then have the chance for an optional visit to the National Palace or the magic Quinta da Regaleira. Then drive through the National Park of Sintra-Cascais to Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of continental Europe. Here the landscape is breathtaking and a perfect spot for photography lovers. Stop at Boca do Inferno (Hell´s Mouth) and enjoy free time to walk the street of the famous village of Cascais.

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Half-Day Sintra Tour from Lisbon with Transfers

9. Half-Day Sintra Tour from Lisbon with Transfers

Spend half a day visiting Sintra, the capital of 19th-century Romanticism and one of the most picturesque destinations in Portugal. Grand architecture, ancient palaces, gardens, and centenary trees await you on this guided tour from Lisbon. You have a choice of landmarks and attractions that can be worked into a 4-hour program: Pena Palace – one of the major expressions of 19th-century Romanticism in the world. The Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the 7 Wonders of Portugal. Sintra village – well known for its many 19th-century architectural treasures. The village has been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Castle of the Moors – taken by Christian forces from the Moors after the fall of Lisbon. The medieval castle was an important strategic point during the Reconquista, and classified as a National Monument, part of the Sintra Cultural Landscape, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Guincho Beach – known for its favorable surfing conditions. This is a popular beach for surfing, windsurfing, and kitesurfing. Queluz Palace – one of the last great Rococo buildings to be designed in Europe, the Palace was conceived as a summer retreat for Dom Pedro of Braganza, later to become husband and then king consort to his own niece, Queen Maria I. It served as a discreet place of incarceration for Queen Maria as her descent into madness continued in the years following Dom Pedro's death in 1786. Azenhas do Mar – a seaside town in the municipality of Sintra. Cascais and Estoril – former fishing villages that became royal getaways. Today they are among the most attractive destinations for the Portuguese and foreign elite thanks to an abundance of boutiques, restaurants, hotels, beaches, and much more. Cabo da Roca – the most westerly point in continental Europe. From the clifftops, you’ll enjoy fantastic views of the beaches and the sea. From the road near the coast, you’ll have scenic views of the glamorous towns of Estoril and Cascais.

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Lisbon: Sintra Palaces, Cascais Bay, and Estoril Tour

10. Lisbon: Sintra Palaces, Cascais Bay, and Estoril Tour

Famous for its incredible array of palaces, Sintra steals the hearts of all those who travel there. On this full day private tour, take your pick of which palaces to visit with the help of your experienced local guide. From the beautiful Romantic Pena Palace, the Morrish Castle and the Masonic Regaleira, you’ll be absolutely spoilt for royal choice! Definitely not one to miss is the incredible ‘Portugese Versailles’. Or, will you choose the Queluz Palace, home to the Portuguese Royal Family back in 1755 before their earthquake escape to Brazil. One of the most beautiful palaces, Quelez is known for its Rococo style, gardens, and terraces. After the palaces, travel to the center of Sintra to visit and learn all about the area’s historical monuments and interesting tourist attractions. Next, head to Cabo da Roca, the most western point in Europe where the land ends and the vast sea opens up. Marvel at the stunning ocean views and then travel to the ‘Mouth of Hell’, where the waves hit the rocks with frightening force, and years of erosion have left vast cavities in the limestone. Now it's time to explore Cascais Bay, a wide beach nestled amongst picturesque streets full of fish restaurants caught fresh by the village fishermen. Sat between the bay and the Sintra mountain range, Cascais was the vacation hotspot for Portugese royalty in the 19th century. On the return to Lisbon, journey along the coast of Estoril, famous for its Casino, the inspiration of Ian Fleming’s first James Bond novel ‘Casino Royale’.

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What people are saying about Pena Palace

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 369 reviews

It is worth it to visit the Moorish Castle. We went in inclement weather and our views were obstructed by fog, but we got a wonderfully eerie experience walking in the ruins amongst the fog. It is amazing to see the handiwork and marvel at the history.

Amazing experience, will absolutely recommend to anyone visiting Lisbon, Tomás was a fantastic guide and so knowledgeable, fascinating tour ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Our visit was in December, so not as crowded as in the summer but the ticketing process was easy as could be

We had a wonderful trip. Ruben give us a nice introduction and service. Definitely recommended.

a beautiful fortress that is less quiet than the main attractions in Sintra.