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Sintra: Walking Tour with Palace, Castle, and Old Town Visit

1. Sintra: Walking Tour with Palace, Castle, and Old Town Visit

Meet at the local supplier's office in Sintra which is located a one-minute walk from Sintra train station. On arrival at the office, you can view the big wall topographic map of the region that shows all the options of the walking tour. In a small briefing, design your personalized walk through Sintra town. Then, start your walk through the picturesque tracks with some views. Chat about the history, legends, morphology, and vegetation. Visit a Moorish castle, archaeological site, Pena Palace and gardens, Chalet of the Countess, Villa Sasseti, and historic center of Sintra. You can choose different monuments and paths according to your physical condition.

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: Half Day Jeep Safari

3. Sintra: Half Day Jeep Safari

Begin the tour with a complimentary pick-up from your hotel on the Estoril Coast and climb into a 4x4 Jeep. Listen to a quick briefing of what to expect from your half-day tour, then set off on the adventure. Select the private option for an even more personalized experience.  First, drive to the Sintra Mountain to enjoy breathtaking views of the coastline and the Atlantic Ocean. Get to know the interior of Sintra Forest as you hike along unique trails. Then, stop at the westernmost point of continental Europe, Cabo da Roca. Make a final stop to see the emblematic Peninha Sanctuary.  Finally, enjoy some free time to explore the historical city center of Sintra at your own pace. End the journey with return transport back to your hotel.

Sintra: 2-Hour Private Surf Lesson at Praia Grande

4. Sintra: 2-Hour Private Surf Lesson at Praia Grande

Enjoy the amazing waves at Praia Grande while learning a fun, new skill. Your expert guide will pair you with the proper surfboard depending on your needs and level and provide you with a wetsuit to ensure your comfort during the 2-hour session. The lesson is divided into 3 parts: practice, surf, and knowledge. First, go over your expectations and objectives for the lesson. Warm-up on the beach and go over some technical work with the trainer.  Next, go over the safety rules and learn the characteristics of the beach and the surf. Then, hit the water to put your new skills to practice. Lastly, your trainer will teach you how to evolve your technique as much as possible in order to get the best results in the short term. Learn to respect the sea and its surroundings in a fun and mindful way.   Conditions vary from day to day, and, in the event that conditions are not optimal at Praia Grande, you will be transported to a different surf spot.

Sintra: Countryside Gastronomic Tour in a Vintage Car

5. 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.

Sintra: 3.5-Hour Rock Climbing Experience

6. Sintra: 3.5-Hour Rock Climbing Experience

Enjoy a half-day rock climbing experience among the fairytale palaces and gardens of Sintra, and climb right below a Moorish castle for superb views of the Palacio da Pena and northern slopes of Sintra mountain. Meet your guide in the village center, and walk along a scenic path in the middle of a forest. Upon arrival at the base of the rocks, put on your climbing gear (provided) and start to climb under expert supervision. You’ll get a quick introduction to rock climbing and the climbing equipment, along with all the basic safety rules. Available as a morning activity (09:00 to 12:30), or in the afternoon (14:00 to 17:30), every tour combines the adrenaline thrills of an outdoor sporting activity with breathtaking views of Sintra Natural Park.

Sintra and the Amazing Dream Villages Tour

7. 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

8. 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: Kingdom of Love Private Walking Tour with Historian

9. Sintra: Kingdom of Love Private Walking Tour with Historian

The tour begins in the Historic Center of Sintra where you meet your expert guide for the day, a local historian. Listen to an insightful introduction about the region and a selection of romantic stories set here. With your guide, go off-the-beaten-track into a quieter part of the area. Climb the hills and wander through the woodlands as you discover romantic meeting-spots from the 18th and 19th centuries, documented through historic literature and personal memoirs. Along the way, stop at a number of view points to admire the stunning surrounding landscapes and marvel at the nearby monuments including Pena Palace, Quinta da Regaleira, and Sintra National Palace. On the return part of the route, visit, from the outside, a number of houses and villas that reflect Sintra’s Romanticism era and hear the tales of the people who once lived here.

Sintra: Group Paragliding with Professional Instructors

10. Sintra: Group Paragliding with Professional Instructors

Get a step closer to flying during this private group paragliding experience. Fly tandem with experienced instructors as you marvel at the beauty of the Sintra Mountains and Cascais from remarkable heights. Gather with your group of friends or family and embark on a fun but safe paragliding flight with security instructions and licensed safety equipment. Learn how to fly with the help of professional instructors.

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What people are saying about Sintra

Get Your Guide website, where I booked the tour with Greenwalk did not have an accurate description of the tour: which included a 2 hour hike up the mountain to the Pena Palace on uneven terrain, rock steps, and steep inclines and a 1 hour walk down the mountain. It was a great tour and João was very knowledgeable, but give more information beforehand of how strenuous it will be.

This was the perfect, relaxed tour of the Sintra area countryside. The tour operators knew the small and hidden jewels of the area and took us to unknown locations. They prepared a nice lunch to have in a village on a hill with a lovely view. I would recommend this tour to anyone wanting a low key tour of countryside Portugal.

Joao was personable and very knowledgeable. We enjoyed our interaction with him and would highly recommend him as a guide. I am not sure if you can pick your guide but I would try to get Joao as your guide for the tour--you will not be disappointed.

Had a great experience!! Thank you so much!! Super friendly and encouraging! They make you feel super comfortable from the start to the end, are super helpful and only have good vibes Anytime again! Hopefully soon!

I came alone, I had a great time with my guide who was very friendly and interesting. I learn a lot about the flora of the area, the history and the architecture. Definitely recommend!