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Lisbon: Full-Day Sintra and Cascais Tour

1. Lisbon: Full-Day Sintra and Cascais Tour

You will start your day at the front door of your hotel, where you will be greeted by your guide before traveling to Sintra in a comfortable 9-seater van. You will then have the opportunity to visit the mysterious and romantic town of Sintra, classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Once there, you can choose to visit one of the following monuments: - the Pena Palace (the best example of the Romanticism style in Portugal) - the Sintra National Palace (a Medieval royal residence) - the Monserrate's Park and Palace (an eclectic place where you can explore romantic gardens with exotic species) - the Capuchos Convent (known for its extreme bareness of its architectural and decorative elements) - the Moors Castle (a fortress located on the top of a hill) - the Regaleira Estate (one of the most magical views one can find in Sintra) In any case, you will be accompanied by your guide, who will provide you with full explanations about the sites. You will then have time to explore the center of the town and have lunch. You can ask your guide for recommendations of restaurants, before taking some time to stroll around the narrow streets of Sintra. Following lunch, it will be time to go to Roca Cape, the westernmost point of Continental Europe. Later, you will head to Cascais, a lovely town by the sea with an old fishing tradition. Here you will have time to see the town center, as well as the entire bay area. Before returning to Lisbon, you can take the chance to drive by Estoril, which used to be a place of refuge during World War II. To conclude your tour, you will go back to Lisbon by the "marginal", a road which connects Cascais to Lisbon and runs along the coast.

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

2. 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: Portuguese Beaches and Colares Private Jeep Tour

3. Sintra: Portuguese Beaches and Colares Private Jeep Tour

At beginning of your private tour, you will be picked up at your accommodation at 9:00 AM, where you will meet your friendly guide and your fantastic 4x4 jeep that will be yours for the day. Sintra is not just the magical, mountainous villa people know of but it's also a whole council of 319,2 km² that includes an amazing coastline, with more than a dozen natural beaches, and a vast area of rural villages with lots of traditions. This tour aims to show you not just Sintra's center and the well-known mountain with the princess-like castle on the top, but also the less-visited places in this region, that are true gems ready to be discovered. There is no better way to do so than on board a 4x4 classic Portuguese jeep. After that, it's time to explore Sintra's mountain, where you will get chance to see and know all of the sights and monuments' history (choose one monument to visit in the inside). From Pena Palace, the famous fairy-tale-like palace on the top of the hill, to Quinta da Regaleira with its enigmatic grottoes and mysteries, passing through the Moorish Castle, Monserrate Palace, and many more.  From Sintra's mountain, you then head to the beautiful countryside following the century old tram line, until you reach Colares, where life is simple and agriculture predominates, as well as wine making. Colares has the oldest wine seller in the country and you will be taken there for a brief visit, before getting to know Portugal's wine traditions a little better. From the wine cellar, you head across the winding road trail to some of the stunning Portuguese beaches such as Praia Grande and Praia Pequena, before stopping at Azenhas do Mar. Located between the ocean and a big cliff, this small town has a heavenly location and is among the most appreciated and exciting beaches in Europe. You will also stop at Adraga Beach, another of Sintra's gems, so you can catch the ocean breeze and relax a little, while overlooking the wild scenery. From there, you go off-road trail to a hidden, secret location, that you would only reach with the help of a 4x4 vehicle (not even all the local know about it). A true picture perfect location, with stunning and breathtaking views you will never forget.   You head back to starting point of the tour, but this time via off-road tracks so you have a little more adventure, before finishing this authentic tour of Sintra — for those who are looking for more than the conventional.

From Lisbon: Cascais and Sintra Day Trip

4. From Lisbon: Cascais and Sintra Day Trip

Jump in, hang on, and have your camera ready on this tour of Lisbon's rocky coastline. Plan your perfect day with the help of your guide, whether it's an off-grid ramble, a hunt for the best secret viewing points, or scenic strolls in the historic towns of Sintra and Cascais. Get picked up in Lisbon and head straight to Cascais. Walk the quaint cobbled streets, contrasted by ornate villas and mansions. Explore the sandy shores and ragged cliffs of Praia do Guincho or Praia da Adraga, and take on the wild Atlantic waves. If you’re feeling peckish, stop off for an authentic Portuguese lunch in Sintra, in a cozy mountain-top restaurant. Top it off with a complimentary sampling of Portuguese wine, and spend some time with the friendly locals. Take the chance to see the iconic Pena Palace, and some equally impressive secluded sites. Immerse yourself in the beauty of Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, known for its vast, mountainous landscape.  Let your guide take away the stress of navigating the rough terrain, and take in all the region has to offer. You'll be dropped off at Cascais, where you can end your day with an unforgettable train ride back to Lisbon.

Mountain & Ocean Wonders: Jeep & E-Bike Tour

5. Mountain & Ocean Wonders: Jeep & E-Bike Tour

Get picked up from your accommodation at 10 AM to start your unique wine experience. Climb into a comfortable air-conditioned minivan and set off for Sintra through some of the oldest roads in Portugal. See some points of interest and some amazing views on the way. Meet your wine expert and make the first stop at Colares – the oldest cooperative wine cellar in the country. Find out how this cellar congregates more than 50% of the total wine production, with an important social role in the region. While you explore, the wine expert will explain everything you need to know about the wine. Then, continue on to Azenhas do Mar, the Portuguese version of Santorini. Here, taste some of the best wines in the country while enjoying an extraordinary view. Experience the combination of wonderful wine, a sea breeze, and sun. Next, visit the Viúva Gomes wine cellar. This winery exists within the demarcated wine-growing region defined in 1908, characterized by its dunes and sandy soils situated on the coastline of Sintra, between the hills and the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy adequate time to explore and take pictures. After that, drive along the coast to Cabo da Roca, the most western point in Europe, where the ocean clashes with the earth in perfect harmony. Enjoy the views of Sintra Mountain and its coast from a new perspective. Last but not least, head over to a secret location to savor a selection of delicious tapas. This snack will be composed of fresh bread, and a selection of the best Portuguese cheese and sausage all accompanied by some of the most exquisite wines that the region has to offer.

Sintra: Countryside Gastronomic Tour in a Vintage Car

6. Sintra: Countryside Gastronomic Tour in a Vintage Car

Uncover the beauty and flavors of the countryside surrounding Sintra on this tour in a vintage car. Take some free time to explore the cobble stone streets in the seaside village of Ericeira.  Meet your guide at the Portela de Sintra train station and sit back and relax in a stylish classic car on the drive to a hidden waterfall in the mountains. Have some time to snap some pictures before heading to a rural village.  Sit down in a picturesque country village and breathe in delicious aromas. Immerse yourself in local cuisine while taking in views of the unique landscape.  See the sights along the main street of Mafra city and admire the “Convento de Mafra” palace. Make your way to the seaside village of Ericeira, a world surf reserve. Take some free time to walk in the center of the village before returning to you meeting point in Sintra.

From Lisbon: Sintra & Cascais Guided Day Tour

7. 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. At the end of the tour you will drop off at the original departure point.

Sintra and the Amazing Dream Villages Tour

8. Sintra and the Amazing Dream Villages Tour

In a quiet environment a few minutes from the capital, explore a great selection of the best villages near Sintra. The fact that these villages continue to have unusual life habits, they recreate the way of life of Portugal's ancestors, preserved through smells, colors, and traditions. Visit the charming Azenhas do Mar, a village that has become one of the most famous Portuguese tourist spots. Discover the village of Penedo, perched high on a hillside still home to traditional houses. Walk along its steep and winding streets and alleys. It is a treasure of the traditional architecture of the saloia region. Visit secret villages where you will feel like you are in an open-air museum, where the way of life of Portugal's ancestors is preserved. Travel back in time in the village of José Franco. Get to know a local man's dream that recreated a village of ethnographic character, a testimony to the way of life of the ancient local people.

Sintra World Heritage and Cascais Village Tour

9. Sintra World Heritage and Cascais Village Tour

Visit Sintra and Cascais in a single day. Enjoy a great combination of the best natural sights and historical places with a knowledgeable and experienced local guide.   Discover one of the most remarkable historical cities of Portugual: Sintra Village, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll also see the romanticist Pena National Palace, standing at the top of a peak in the Sintra mountains.   Then, travel through a densely forested mountain and its medieval villages to reach the immense Portuguese coastline. Here, you’ll find astonishing landscapes, dramatic cliffs by the ocean and long beaches with beautiful sand dunes. You’ll feel the breeze on the coastline of the westernmost extent of mainland Portugal, continental Europe and the Eurasian land mass. Here, you’ll visit the ancient fishing village of Cascais and its picturesque architecture and narrow streets. Enjoy this tour’s unique opportunity to expand your knowledge with this unique day trip experience!

Sintra: Full-Day Markets and Coastline Tour by 4x4

10. Sintra: Full-Day Markets and Coastline Tour by 4x4

Spend a full-day tour embracing two of the things that the Portuguese people love the most: food and the beach. Start the day by being picked up in a vintage jeep and head straight to a local farmers’ market. Gather all the freshest ingredients to build an epic Portuguese picnic. Under the watchful guidance of your guide, pick up some cured meats, local cheese, fresh bread, and vegetables. Head to a farm and great the feathered and furry inhabitants. Meet the donkey, pony, rabbits, feed a goat, and say hi to a sheep or minipig. Swap the countryside for the coastline and bounce along off-road tracks towards Magoito Beach. Cruise with the roof open in summer and splash through puddles of mud in winter. Arrive at the beach and set up the ideal picnic with your group.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 92 reviews

The whole tour is amazing, full of experience. There is plenty of time for enjoying and exploring at each stop of the tour. Tania is a great guide, she was so nice and understanding, easy to communicate. She gave as all the info we needed about the historical places and the whole area. Also she was full of fun facts and great stories about Portuguese history. I fully reccomend it!

The trip was really amazing, Mario was a great guide, very knowledgeable about the sites we visited on our way, nice and helpful with everything we needed. The ride was cool and adventurous, the hike itself was quite comfortable, not too difficult and the beach at the and was magnificent, definitely the highlight of my trip to Lisbon, highly recommend it!

All perfect! As per description, the very kind driver puts you at ease by coming to meet you for any request / need. Can you see all the things written in the description, beautiful tour. To do absolutely. You travel comfortably in the car and see beautiful places. Highly recommended!

Nelson and the Mountain Goat( the 4x4) was amazing. Very nice, spoke excellent English, knew alot about the places we were visiting and was just really awesome

Amazing!! The highlight of our Portugal trip. Could not recommend more.