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Sintra: Portuguese Beaches and Colares Private Jeep Tour

1. 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.

Lisbon: Sintra, Azenhas do Mar and Cascais Day Trip

2. Lisbon: Sintra, Azenhas do Mar and Cascais Day Trip

Marvel at the Moorish castles and fairytales palaces of Sintra on a full-day sightseeing tour from Lisbon. Transfer by air-conditioned minivan to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, and explore the picturesque streets of the bohemian village at its heart. See the ornate Sintra National Palace, along with romantic fountains, churches, chapels, and shrines. Continue to the coastal village of Azenhas do Mar to wander among buildings with tiled façades. Enjoy some beach time at Praia da Maçãs, surrounded by imposing cliffs, golden sands, and clear waters. Discover the saltwater swimming pool loved by the local inhabitants, along with fans of recreational fishing, surfing, paragliding, and kite surfing. Watch the surfers surfing the waves at Praia Grande. Close by is the biggest oceanic saltwater pool in Europe, while on the opposite side there are traces of dinosaur footprints on the cliff. Next, go the most westerly point of continental Europe at Cabo da Roca. Enjoy a fantastic view of the beaches and sea from the cliff top. En route back to Lisbon, discover the unique dunes of Guincho Beach, famous as a sanctuary for surf, windsurf, and kitesurf lovers. Visit the charming town of Cascais, a former fishing village that became a favorite royal retreat. Stroll among the elegant boutiques, restaurants, and hotels.

From Lisbon: Van Tour to Sintra, Cascais and Estoril

3. From Lisbon: Van Tour to Sintra, Cascais and Estoril

Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of Lisbon, discover the natural and architectural beauty of Sintra and Cascais. After pickup at your hotel or at the meeting point in Lisbon at around 9:00 AM, begin this full-day tour with a walk in Pena Park. See the park’s secret caves, and admire the elegant Pena Palace. Marvel at the views of the surrounding landscape and the Atlantic Ocean. Your guide will share the fascinating history associated with this romantic palace.  Next, visit the historical center of Sintra and taste the delicious pastries from this village. In addition, you will have free time for lunch and your guide will be happy to suggest some of the best restaurants in this area. Continue with a drive through a national park, passing the palaces of Quinta da Regaleira and Seteais. Enjoy a fabulous photo opportunity at the Roca Cape cliffs, the western most point of Europe 'where the earth ends and the sea begins'. The last stop on your tour is the stylish town of Cascais. Here you will take a relaxing wander along the bay, savor an ice cream or shop in the stylish stores. Return to Lisbon by the sea, along the coastal road of Estoril. This tour is totally private with only your family or group and is flexible to suit you.

Cascais: Full-Day Coastline Tour by 4x4

4. Cascais: Full-Day Coastline Tour by 4x4

Hop aboard a restored convertible Portuguese 4x4 and set out to see the wild west coast of Portugal. Take in the natural beauty that exists in the Sintra region, away from the spectacular palaces and monuments. Start the expedition at Guincho Beach, where you’ll spot surfers catching seemingly endless waves. Head off on dirt tracks and continue inland until you reach the mountaintop 12th-century Peninha Sanctuary. Enjoy 360-views of the coastline that stretches from Lisbon to Cascais, Costa da Caparica and Arrabida. Get back in the 4x4, set off, and feel the wind in your hair as you return to the coast. Reach ‘the edge of the earth’ at Cabo da Roca. The sheer cliffs and lighthouse mark the westernmost point on mainland Europe. Contie to Buraco do Fojo, a natural sight and viewpoint that is off-the-beaten track. Finish the day by sinking your toes into the sand on the beautiful beaches of Sintra. Head from Praia Grande to Praia das Maças before reaching Azenhas do Mar. Here traditional white-washed Portuguese villages cling to the cliffside above sandy beaches and the wild Atlantic ocean. Soak it all in before you’re dropped off at Sintra train station.

From Lisbon: Magical Adventures in Sintra Guided Tour

5. From Lisbon: Magical Adventures in Sintra Guided Tour

Depart by private transportation from the convenient meeting point in Lisbon to discover the magical center of Sintra, filled with unique local history and secrets. On a full-day guided tour, see the Romanticist castle at Pena Palace and visit Quinta da Regaleira, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Following your visit, head to the coastal area of Colares to taste the traditional cuisine of Sintra at Apple Beach where you’ll have lunch with views over the Atlantic Ocean. Next, admire one of the Portugal’s jewels, the fishing village of Azenhas do Mar, with its unique constructions along the cliffs of the ocean. On the return to Lisbon, pass through Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of continental Europe, and some secret areas surrounding Cascais. Take in the stunning Atlantic coast as you appreciate an amazing day of history, culture, and nature. After seeing all of these stunning places, you’ll have recharged your energy and can consider yourself a true local in Sintra.

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What people are saying about Azenhas do Mar

We only had a few days in Lisbon, and we are so happy that we got away from the city crowds and did this tour! Definitely the best way to see a lot in a few hours. We loved traveling around with a local! Our guide Ruben was knowledgeable and we could see his love for the places he took us. We decided to skip Pena Palace figuring it would be busy and instead explored the Moorish Castle which was breathtaking. Ruben gave us a lot of tips and even called around to different restaurants to hunt down something specific my husband wanted to try. Ruben was able to customize our day based on what we like. I would highly recommend this tour!

We had a great tour with Nuno! He had great recommendations for how to best spend our time, and good advice on how to avoid the crowds and see hidden delights. Nuno was very knowledgeable and we learned new things, including more about the history of the Free Masons. Our van was very nice and comfortable for the long trip. Highly recommend this tour, and choosing the private option!

This was the BEST tour I have ever taken in my life, Jose is fantastic!! If you have the opportunity to do so BOOK IT! We drove to so many sights and spots only a local would know, and Jose personalized our experience as Canadians.

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

Very great tour with excellent guide. Lots of amazing nature milestones and historical points!