Sintra District Nature & adventure

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From Lisboa: Mafra, Ericeira & Queluz Full-Day Tour

1. From Lisboa: Mafra, Ericeira & Queluz Full-Day Tour

This tour will take you to Mafra, where a world heritage famous convent-palace takes place. The National Palace of Mafra, a complex consisting of a Royal Palace, a Basilica and a Convent, was completed in 1735, by the will of King D. João V by virtue of a promise he had made on behalf of the descendants he would obtain from the queen. It was the residence of the royal family for a few years, until the king's death, but never ceased to be one of the court's favorite places. Mafra's greatest treasure is the library. Here are kept books that are unique and rare examples of knowledge produced between the 15th and 19th centuries. After visiting the palace, head to the coast and arrive at Ericeira, a pretty fishing village. Its connection to the sea is undeniable, which you can enjoy exploring its narrow streets located in the Historic Center that take us back to other times. The cliffs along the shores of Ericeira beach also give it a unique beauty, as do the fishermen's boats that bring the best and freshest fish to land that can be tasted in many of the village's restaurants. Onwards, you will travel towards the interior, to discover Queluz National Palace, not infrequently called the Portuguese Versailles. It is an 18th century palace and was built as a summer retreat. Among the various rooms and other divisions of the palace such as the throne room, music room, ambassador's room, D. Quixote's room, among others, it is here where you will find the most interesting and important historical gardens in Portugal, present the most significant set of statues by the British sculptor John Cheere, outside English territory, which gives it great importance in the international art scene.

From Lisbon: Sintra, Pena Palace, and Cascais Full-Day Tour

2. From Lisbon: Sintra, Pena Palace, and Cascais Full-Day Tour

Leave Lisbon and discover some of the area's highlights with a visit to Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and see Pena Palace and Sintra's Historic Center. Travel to Cape Roca to take in the stunning views of the coast and enjoy a local lunch in the fishing village of Cascais. Depart from Lisbon and travel to Sintra, and stop at the Palace of Pena to admire the beautiful architecture and feel the romanticism of the palace as you explore one of the 7 Wonders of Portugal. Move on to the historic center of Sintra, and explore a charming and picturesque town where you can walk and wander the streets and try typical pastries. Absorb amazing views from the Cape of Roca, the westernmost point of continental Europe, gaze out at the vastness of the Atlantic Ocean, and breathe in the fresh air. Travel to Cascais, a local fishing village, and see its historic buildings while wandering the streets. Take two hours of free time to walk around and visit the beautiful beaches. Choose one of the local restaurants and take some time to try the typical local food offered.

Sintra: Jeep Safari, Sunset Hike, and Tapas at the Beach

3. Sintra: Jeep Safari, Sunset Hike, and Tapas at the Beach

Set off from the meeting point in a convertible Jeep and enjoy great views of the sights and palaces of Sintra as you drive through the town. Head off-road down an unmarked trail and you will reach the westernmost point of continental Europe – the incredible cliffs of Cabo da Roca. Here you’ll start to see the sun going down. From here you begin the hike down to the secret beach It’s a steep route with some twists and turns, but after a half-hour walk you’ll reach the soft, golden sand. Relax on the beach and enjoy some traditional Portuguese ‘petiscos’ (tapas) such as cheese, chouriço, bread, and more. Take a swim in the Atlantic Ocean, or sit back on the beach with a couple of glasses of wine and enjoy the stunning sunset over the ocean.

Sintra: Historical Jeep Tour

4. 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.

Lisbon: E-bike Trip from the Sintra Mountains to Cascais Sea

5. Lisbon: E-bike Trip from the Sintra Mountains to Cascais Sea

Feel the fresh air from the mountains and the splendor of the Atlantic Sea on high-end e-bikes during this adventurous trip from the Sintra Mountains to the Cascais Sea. This experience welcomes all biking skill levels to discover the natural wonders of Portugal. Start with pick up at your hotel or address in Lisbon, then go to Cascais where the ride starts. Your e-bike will take you effortlessly to all the amazing sights in Cascais and Sintra thanks to its top-of-the-line Bosch motor. Begin the route from Cascais Market and up the Sintra Forest through a path that will lead you to the middle of the countryside, with sheep, horses, and local vegetable gardens. Continue up the forest to reach Peninha Convent at the top with a 360-degree-view of the region. Later, go down Guincho Beach to have lunch (cost not included) and admire the waves. The group will then go to Boca do Inferno (Portuguese for Hell's Mouth) and Cascais’ old town before heading back to where the trip started.

From Lisbon: Paragliding Tandem Flight

6. From Lisbon: Paragliding Tandem Flight

Feel the unique sensation of flying like a bird in a paraglider. Discover the unique landscapes of the cliffs, the beaches, and the coastline. Enjoy an amazing birds-eye view in a super relaxed, safe atmosphere. 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).

Sintra Nacional Palace, Quinta da Regaleira and Cabo da Roca

7. Sintra Nacional Palace, Quinta da Regaleira and Cabo da Roca

Travel to the wonderfully preserved city of Sintra on this day trip from Lisbon. Have free time to explore the Old Town and go to Sintra Nacional Palace and see how a old Islamic fort was convert into a Christian Palace and Explore The mystical gardens in Quinta da Regaleira. Head to the coast to the viewpoint at Cabo da Roca. Be picked up at a meeting point in Lisbon. Sit back and relax on the scenic drive through the countryside to Sintra. Take some time to walk through the vibrantly and oldest palace in Sintra - the Nacional Palace, or wander through the cafes, boutiques, historic estates, and villas in the Old Town. Explore Quinta da Regaleira, and know why is connected with the Nigth Templars and Free Maçons - Explore the Tunnels and lost yourself on those magical Gardens Then is time to eat some great Portuguese food in one of the locals restaurants inside Nacional Park From Sintra, continue to Cabo da Roca where you can stand at the westernmost point of continental Europe. Snap some breathtaking shots of the impressive views of the ocean crashing against the high rocky clifs

From Lisbon: Full-Day Private Sightseeing Tour of Sintra

8. From Lisbon: Full-Day Private Sightseeing Tour of Sintra

Escape from Lisbon or Cascais and travel to Sintra on a full-day private sightseeing tour. Discover the cultural landscape of Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, at leisure, and take advantage of the flexibility of your itinerary by choosing the sites that interest you most. Admire the city's 19th-century Romantic architecture and consider visiting your choice of Pena National Palace, Quinta da Regaleira, the Castle of the Moors, the Monserrate Palace, or the Sintra National Palace. There will be time to discover two of the above attractions, or more at a faster pace if you love to walk. You may also want to visit a local cafe or bakery to try out traditional Portuguese pastries in Sintra, where you will have some free time.

From Lisbon: Sintra & Cascais Guided Day Tour

9. 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.

From Lisbon: Pena Palace Visit & Sintra Guided Day Trip

10. From Lisbon: Pena Palace Visit & Sintra Guided Day Trip

On this guided day trip, experience the natural and cultural wonders of Portugal as you travel from Lisbon to Pena Palace. Explore the medieval streets and local cuisine of Sintra Village. Admire the beauty of Roca Cape and Guincho Beach in Sintra-Cascais Natural Park before returning to Lisbon. Your day trip sets out from Lisbon. Relax as you travel to Sintra's Mountain, home to the Pena National Palace of Portugal. Enjoy this prime example of 19th-century Romantic architecture, a UNESCO world heritage site, with elements of Renaissance, Manueline, and Moorish styles. Next, discover the beautiful palace gardens with rare plants and trees from all over the world. Follow the garden trails to the mountaintop, where you can enjoy stunning panoramic views of the peaceful forests and gardens with exotic plants and flowers. Gaze down at the coastline and Lisbon below. Continue your tour in Sintra Village and visit the Historical Center. Wander the streets of this medieval village, taste the "Travesseiros de Sintra" and "Queijadas de Sintra" - both traditional local pastries - and enjoy the magical landscape that has inspired so many artisits, writers, and kings. After lunch, drive along one of Sintra's picturesque roads to Roca Cape, the westernmost point of continental Europe. Experience the breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean as it crashes against high rocky cliffs. Further on, you'll make your way to Cascais. Pause in Sintra-Cascais Natural Park at the beautiful Guincho Beach. Admire the white sand dunes in contrast with the Serra de Sintra hills as the ocean waves pound the sand. Glimpse surfers enjoying the strong swells. In Cascais, also known as the French Riviera, take some time to explore the charming city center and enjoy the elegant ambience of this seaside resort town. Finally, after some leisurely strolling, board the minivan and relax with more beautiful views on the way back to Lisbon.

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We had a WONDERFUL time on this trip with our tour guide, Goncalo. He is a lovely lovely young man, very friendly, responsive, considerate, and interactive. Most of all, he is very knowledgeable about Portugal’s royal history and eager to tell us throughout the entire trip. Ericeira is a small fishman town. The chasing waves of the ocean were very impressive. Mafra Palace and Queluz Palaces seem to be less known to tourists, but thanks to Goncalo, we have learned a lot of Portugal’s history when visiting these 2 Palaces. we really appreciate Goncalo’s proactive interaction with us. He contacted us to introduce himself and to confirm the pick up time/location so that we could have a peace of mind before our trips. We highly recommend this trip, especially with Goncalo as a tour guide.

Elizabeth was a WONDERFUL guide! We hired her as a private driver with van to take us all around Sintra and she was magnificent. She customized the trip to our needs and was very knowledgeable about all the palaces and history of Portugal as a whole! She found us the best places to eat and accommodated our last minute request to stop at some local touristy spots in Lisbon too and explained them beautifully. Her Mercedes van was extremely comfortable for all 6 of us, her driving impeccable and she knew back roads that would allow us to skip traffic!!!

João was a great guide - very kind and knowledgeable about the history, plants, and geology of Sintra. The hike was really beautiful and at a good pace for us. Highly recommended :)

Maria was a great guide! Very friendly and helpful. The trip was full of sites you don’t wanna miss. We all loved it!

Maria was very knowledgeable and excellent driver.