Sintra District Architecture

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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: Quinta da Regaleira Skip-the-Line Entry & Audio Tour

2. Sintra: Quinta da Regaleira Skip-the-Line Entry & Audio Tour

Experience Quinta da Regaleira at your own pace with a skip-the-line e-ticket and an engaging self-guided audio tour on your smartphone. Receive your ticket by Email, download the app and the audio tour on your phone, and travel back in time to the glory of the Quinta da Regaleira. Put on your headphones and discover the aquarium, Fountain of Abundance, and greenhouse as well as the castle’s treasures. Learn historical information and hear lesser-known stories about Sintra.  Benefit from in-depth research combined with original storytelling that will make your visit both engaging and informative. Gain valuable insights into one of Sintra’s main and most well-known attractions, the Quinta da Regaleira, and relate to your surroundings in an entirely original way.

Sintra: Pena Palace and Park Entrance Ticket

3. 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: Guided Tour and Entry Ticket to Quinta da Regaleira

4. Sintra: Guided Tour and Entry Ticket to Quinta da Regaleira

Meet your friendly local guide at the entrance of Quinta da Regaleira and get ready for a cultural deep-dive into one of Sintra's iconic palaces. First, get immersed with a brief introduction to Sintra's history, legends, and curiosities. Learn about tales of the Templars Freemason secrets to the international poets who were inspired by this fairy-tale location. Then, it's time to step inside the palace and explore the impressive Quinta da Regaleira. Learn how the Gothic architectural masterpiece was built in the 19th century with alchemy in mind. Finally, wander its lush gardens, lakes, grottoes, and enigmatic constructions, including the world-famous Initiation Wells. At the end of the tour, you'll leave enriched with amazing facts and memories of the palace.

From Lisbon: Sintra, Regaleira and Pena Palace Guided Tour

5. 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 your 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 a tour guide, 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 to taste the traditional pastry, travesseiro. After buying your entry ticket with your guide, step into a fairy tale when you enter the romantic Pena Palace and Park. Understand its unique architectural expression of Romanticism. Spot how it blends many styles, including Gothic, neo-Manueline, neo-Islamic, and neo-Renaissance. Stroll around the park with its astonishing variety of plants and trees. Marvel at the palace's amazing views of the castle and the Atlantic Ocean, a perfect way to end the day before returning to Lisbon.

Sintra: Moorish Castle Entrance E-Ticket With Audio Tour

6. Sintra: Moorish Castle Entrance E-Ticket With Audio Tour

Experience the Moorish Castle in Sintra at your own pace with a skip-the-line e-ticket and a fascinating self-guided audio tour on your smartphone. Visit the fascinating castle at your leisure, without having to abide by large group tour schedules or long waiting lines. Receive your ticket by email, download the app and the audio tour on your smartphone prior to your visit, and travel back in time to experience the glory of one of Sintra’s main attractions, the magnificent Moorish Castle. Put on your headphones and discover the breathtaking Castle Keep, the Royal Tower, the Second Circle of Walls, and the Castle’s breathtaking treasures through the power of storytelling. Learn historical facts and uncommon stories and anecdotes for this spectacular attraction of Sintra. Leaving knowing you've gained valuable insights into one of Sintra’s main and most well-known attractions, the Moorish Castle, and relate to your surroundings in an entirely original way.

From Lisbon: Quinta da Regaleira, Sintra, & Pena Palace Trip

7. From Lisbon: Quinta da Regaleira, Sintra, & Pena Palace Trip

Discover Sintra’s beautiful architecture, admire the beauty of one of the highest hills of the region Walk the narrow streets of Sintra in your free time and visit with our fantastic tour guide Quinta da Regaleira. Arrive at the romantic Pena Palace in Sintra, which has a profusion of styles much in accordance with the exotic taste of Romanticism. Explore the ancient castle, which was one of the favorite residences of the royal family throughout the 19th century. Walk through the fairytale-style building and learn about its fascinating history. Take some free time to stroll through Sintra and purchase lunch if you're feeling hungry. Get recommendations on what to see and eat in the area. Afterward, begin a guided tour of the main landmarks of Sintra, and hear about local secrets and stories. Visit the quaint village of Cascais which is linked to the Portuguese royalty that once summered here. Walk along beautiful beaches, mansions, museums, and photogenic streets. Return to Lisbon at the end of your day trip.

From Lisbon: Sintra Highlights and Pena Palace Full-Day Tour

8. From Lisbon: Sintra Highlights and Pena Palace Full-Day Tour

Fall in love with Sintra, a lasting symbol of Portugal's Romantic period, on a day trip from Lisbon via an air-conditioned bus. See the stunning landscape classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a guided tour of monuments like Pena Palace, Quinta da Regaleira, and Monserrate Palace. 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, Regaleira, Cape Roca, and Cascais Tour

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

Discover Sintra, so-called the “Garden of Eden” by Lord Byron. Tour its paradisiacal streets and gardens and admire the ornate palaces, villas, and estates throughout this colorful city. See Pena National Palace, famed for its romantic architecture and recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site. Located approximately 500 meters above sea level, soak up the stunning city views over Sintra. Continue to Sintra's Quinta da Regaleira and take a guided tour of the palace, lush gardens, lakes, grottoes, and enigmatic constructions. Learn about its connection with the Freemasons and the Knights Templar. Head to Cabo da Roca, the most western point of mainland Europe, passing Guincho Beach. Experience the Portuguese Rivera as you drive along the Estoril Coast and visit the village of Cascais. See why many exiled European royalty choose to live there.

From Lisbon: Sintra and Cascais Guided Tour - Small group

10. From Lisbon: Sintra and Cascais Guided Tour - Small group

Spend an exciting day exploring Sintra and Cascais. Marvel at both manmade and natural landmarks, including the Palácio da Pena and the Quinta da Regaleira palace and gardens. In Cascais, visit the Boca do Inferno cliffs and Avenida Marginal, known as one of Europe’s most beautiful streets. Enjoy transportation from your hotel in Lisbon to your first stop, Sintra. Look out for the Queluz National Palace on your journey. Tour the hilltop National Palace of Pena, one of the seven wonders of Portugal, with its panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, Sintra National Park, and Lisbon.  Then, spend some time strolling the streets of Sintra before heading to the Quinta da Regaleira. These impressive palatial grounds are filled with gardens, lakes, waterfalls, caves, and Masonic architecture.  Next, you’ll visit the Cabo da Roca (Cape of Rock), the most western point of continental Europe. Contemplate its famous lighthouse and cliffside views of the ocean, then take a walk along Guincho beach.  Once in Cascais, you’ll stop at the Boca do Inferno cliffs (Hell’s Mouth), spotting its open cave and natural archway. End the excursion by wandering down Avenida Marginal, one of the most beautiful streets in Europe which passes through the Estoril and Carcavelos beaches.

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We are super satisfied with the Sintra highlight tour. Everything went to plan and we enjoyed it to the maximum. Gustavo was an excellent guide, took care of the group, and made of this tour a never forgetting experience. A nice detail from the company: because of the rain, we had to stop at a cafe in Sintra, and when asking for the bill, they told us it was on GYG, that is, it was an invitation from them. A nice attitude which shows they care for the people. Well done!!!! Highly recommendable.

What a lovely trip! I am totally impressed by Miguel - the best tour guide in Lisbon!! Love him. He is very friendly, knowledgeable and provided the best tourist experience for this trip. It is totally exceeded my expectations!! Hope I can Miguel as my tour guide again in the future…..he deserves 10 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I bought a trip for me and my friend and I absolutely loved it! Our guide Pedro was the best guide I’ve ever seen in my life! He is a bright, charismatic and super intelligent person. He definitely likes his job and makes everything to involve everyone in his stories. Totally recommend this tour!

Absolute amazing place!! This is definitely a must do! The tour guide we have was so knowledgeable and amazing, he really made the trip soo much fun and such a great experience. Would 10/10 recommend, money well spent!!

Ricardo was an amazing tour guide. The whole day went smoothly with a good amount of time in each location.