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From Lisbon: Sintra Full-Day Trip

1. From Lisbon: Sintra Full-Day Trip

Get out of the city and explore stunning Sintra with a friend on this full-day tour. See an iconic UNESCO Cultural Landscape, wander through the intriguing Pena Palace, and drive through the ancient towns of Cascais and Estoril. Meet your guide outside your Lisbon hotel, and enjoy the relaxed ride through the suburbs of Lisbon. In Sintra, begin your tour in the picturesque park, which forms the heart of the UNESCO Cultural Landscape. Explore the Moorish Castle and its elaborate gardens, the ancient home of Portugal’s kings. Get a panoramic view of Lisbon and the Atlantic ocean from the Pena Palace, and see the Knights of the Templar Initiation Well in the Quinta da Regaleira. Return to Lisbon through the busy Riviera towns of Cascais and Estoril.

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Sintra + Cascais: Best of Sintra Semi-Private Tour

2. Sintra + Cascais: Best of Sintra Semi-Private Tour

Escape Lisbon and go on a full-day, guided journey to some of Portugal’s most popular attractions. Stop at the iconic Nacional Palace in Sintra, the awe-inspiring cliffs of Cabo da Roca, and the ritzy seaside town of Cascais. Your first stop is Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage site with incredible Romanticist architecture, historic estates and villas, and royal palaces and castles. Enjoy time to explore Pena Palace and 1.5-hour of free time to wander around Sintra. 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. Finally, arrive in Cascais, an elegant seaside resort town on the Portuguese Riviera. Stroll through the lovely city center and check out Cascais’ luxury marina, its charming fishing port, and a restored fort that houses many local craftsmen.

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Cascais: 2- or 4-hour Sailing Tour

3. Cascais: 2- or 4-hour Sailing Tour

Start your cruise from Cascais, where you can adapt your route according to your preferences. Enjoy the beautiful coastline aboard a new sailboat.  Sail to Cabo the Roca, the most western point of Europe, or relax along the beautiful white sandy beaches of Cascais, Estoril, Parede, Carcavelos, and Oeiras. Drop anchor, enjoy the sun and swim in the clear blue seas. Another suggestion is to sail along Cascais Coast up to Lisbon and visit one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. From the sailing boat, you will have the opportunity to see Lisbon´s most famous monuments and views.

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From Lisbon: Sintra, Cascais, Cabo da Roca Private Car Tour

4. From Lisbon: Sintra, Cascais, Cabo da Roca Private Car Tour

Discover the breathtaking Sintra, Cabo da Roca, and Cascais on a private car tour with a local guide. Explore the old royal summer home of Pena Palace, the enchanting gardens of Quinda da Regaleira, and the charming seaside town of Cascais along your way. Listen to stories that surround these beautiful locations nearby Lisbon, taking your time to walk through any or all sights. Sit back and relax as you’re driven along the stunning coastline from Lisbon to Sintra, Cascais, and Cabo da Roca. At the latter, be amazed by the cliffside views and the sprawling Atlantic Ocean. In Cascais, take your time to walk through the small town's flower-clad, charming streets at your own pace. Stop for a spot of lunch here at your own expense. Once in Sintra, choose which incredible palaces, castles, and gardens you wish to visit, including Pena Palace, Quinta da Regaleira, and more.

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Cascais: 2-Hour Sunset Cruise

5. Cascais: 2-Hour Sunset Cruise

Start your 2-hour sunset cruise from Cascais, where you can adapt your route with the crew according to your preferences. Sail towards Cabo the Roca, the most western point of Europe, or relax along the beautiful white sandy beaches of Cascais, Estoril, Parede, Carcavelos, and Oeiras. Sit back, relax and let yourself truly unwind as the sun slowly sets on the horizon. As you sail, discover the stunning shores and ancient fortifications along the coast and sip on tasty drinks onboard. Admire the spectacular sights of Cascais from its picturesque waterfront and finish your cruise refreshed and invigorated.

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Lisbon and Sintra Private Tour

6. Lisbon and Sintra Private Tour

This private tour starts at your accommodation, from where you will set out to discover the city of Lisbon. Hear how Lisbon recovered after it was practically devastated by the earthquake of 1755 and visit Belem, the Lisbon district that personifies the epic of the Portuguese Discoveries with its several monuments that are classified as Cultural Patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO. Taste the famous “pasteis de Belem”, in a traditional location where the secret recipe is passed from generation to generation. You will also explore Alfama, the city's oldest district. In the center of Sintra, you will see the imposing Palacio da Vila, or National Palace, with its two striking chimneys. The Palace used to be the chosen holiday resort of several kings throughout Portuguese history and, inside, each room is decorated differently and has a different history. The interior of the Palace is a true tile museum. Discover the charm of the narrow alleys of the town and the many regional products stores. The choice of what palace ( or palaces ) to visit it is yours, the guide will suggest that it is best for you to visit between; “Quinta da Regaleira”a palace from the 19th-century, Moorish Castle a testimony of the Islamic presence in the region, or why not the Palaçio da Pena to get  the taste of nineteenth-century romanticism. Head to Roca Cape or Cabo da Roca, the most western geographical location in Portugal and Continental Europe. Filled with mysticism and surrounded by the Atlantic except for onone side, this geological formation is also known as “The Snout of the Rock”. You will have some free time in Cascais, an ancient fisherman's village turned into a beautiful and cosmopolitan beach resort. Right next to it is Estoril, famous for its casino and where Casino Royale was written. Then go to Belem the district in Lisbon that personifies the greatness of the Portuguese discoveries with several monuments classified as Cultural Patrimony of the Humanity by UNESCO such as the Jerónimos Monastery and Torre de Belém.

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From Lisbon: Sintra and Pena Palace 5-hour Tour

7. From Lisbon: Sintra and Pena Palace 5-hour Tour

Benefit from pickup at your hotel, cruise terminal, or other location, and then travel to the UNESCO World Heritage monument of Pena Palace, one of the finest expressions of 19th-century Romanticism in the world. Marvel at the extravagant decorations and royal collections of the opulent interiors, and get amazing views from the rooftop cafe and terraces. You then head down to Sintra to enjoy some free time to shop or explore the historical center. Try the local queijada and travesseiro pastries, and take souvenir photos of the best-preserved medieval royal residence in Portugal at Sintra National Palace. Continue towards the historic estates of Seteais and Monserrate on the way to Cabo da Roca. Get panoramic views from the westernmost point of mainland Europe, and take souvenir photos of the surfers paradise of Guincho Beach. Visit the village of Cascais and take some free time to walk along the bay before the return journey to Lisbon (or other pickup point).

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Lisbon: Sailboat Beach Tour

8. Lisbon: Sailboat Beach Tour

Feel the pleasure of taking a few dives along the magnificent coast between Lisbon and Cascais on this private sailboat tour. This experience is perfect for spending time with friends and family and celebrating birthdays or other special occasions. Board the luxury sailboat, enjoy a welcome drink, and set sail from Lisbon’s port, Doca do Bom Sucesso. Depending on your chosen tour length, you can anchor in front of the beach in Caxias, Oeiras, or Cascais Bay. Choose to swim, dive, or just relax on board and soak in the rays. On the way to the area’s most scenic places, take in the view of the coastline and enjoy the fresh air.

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Mysterious Sintra: a Unesco Heritage Site

9. Mysterious Sintra: a Unesco Heritage Site

Villa Palace - This is the best preserved medieval Royal Palace in Portugal. The thousand-year-old history of the Palace of the Town of Sintra began during the Muslim occupation of the Iberian Peninsula. Already mentioned in texts from the 11th century, the original Moorish Palace became the property of the Portuguese Crown after the conquest of the city of Lisbon by Afonso Henriques, the first King of Portugal. New extensions were later added to the building over time, although it has largely maintained its present day outline since the mid-16th century. This gradual multiplication of buildings, with different styles, is largely responsible for the enigmatic enchantment of this ancient palace, dominated by great twin chimneys atop the kitchen that constitute as authentic ex-libris of the cultural landscape of Sintra, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. The interior guided tour is optional. Pena Palace and gardens - Located in the Sintra hills, the Park and Palace of Pena are the exponent of a Sintra tour. It is one of Portugal's most visited monuments. The palace's history started in the Middle Ages when a chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Pena was built on the top of the hill above Sintra. According to tradition, construction occurred after an apparition of the Virgin Mary. In 1493, King John II, accompanied by his wife Queen Leonor, made a pilgrimage to the site to fulfill a vow. His successor, King Manuel I, was also very fond of this sanctuary, and ordered the construction of a monastery on this site which was donated to the Order of Saint Jerome. For centuries, Pena was a small, quiet place for meditation.  In the 18th century the monastery was severely damaged by lightning. However, it was the Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755, occurring shortly afterwards, that took the heaviest toll on the monastery, reducing it to ruins. Nonetheless, they escaped without significant damage. In 1839, King Ferdinand, a creative genius, set out to transform the remains of the monastery into a monument of the greatest expression of Portuguese romanticism. The palace was built to serve as a summer residence for the Portuguese royal family The palace was built in such a way as to be visible from any point in the park, which consists of a forest and luxuriant gardens with over five hundred different species of trees originating from the four corners of the earth. Quinta da Regaleira -  is an estate located near the historic city center. Along with the other palaces in the area its considered one of the principal tourist attractions of Sintra. It has been classified as a Building of Public Interest since 2002. The property consists of a romantic palace and chapel, surrounded by lush gardens, lakes, wells, grottoes and enigmatic constructions with hidden alchemical meanings, such as those evoked by the Freemasons, Templars and Rosicrucians. The palace is also known as "The Palace of Monteiro the Millionaire", which is based on the nickname of its best known former owner, who transformed the 4-hectare estate into the palace. The varied styles of his design evoke Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Manueline architecture. The Regaleira Estate is a place that has to be experienced. It is not enough to describe the memories, landscape and mysteries. You have to discover it, contemplate the design of the gardens and buildings, admire the palace and walk round the exotic park and experience its spirituality.  The park also contains an extensive and enigmatic system of tunnels, which have multiple entry points that include: grottoes, the chapel, Waterfall Lake, and "Leda's Cave," which lies beneath the Regaleira Tower. The "Initiation Well" connects to other tunnels via a series of underground walkways. Capuchos Convent - Officially the Convento de Santa Cruz da Serra da Sintra (Convent of the Holy Cross of the Sintra Mountains). Its creation was associated with the Portuguese Viceroy of India, D. João de Castro, and his family (XVI century), but became a pious community of reclusive clergy that continued to occupy cramp humble spaces in the complex, until the religious orders were abolished in Portugal. The Franciscan convent was built in direct contact with nature, and in keeping with a philosophy of extreme architectural and decorative simplicity. The Capuchos Convent is extremely small in size, being notable for the great poverty of its construction. It is also known as the “Cork Convent” because of the extensive use of cork in the protection and decoration of its tiny spaces. Its rustic appearance and great austerity are indissociable from the surrounding vegetation, since the building is completely integrated into the natural environment, to the extent that enormous granite boulders have been incorporated into its construction. Roca Cape - This is the western-most point of continental Europe. Europe ends here, abruptly, among ragged cliffs beaten by the sea. The terrain dramatically steepens as it approaches the Atlantic coast. The cliffs are more than 100 meters high. One feels the profound earthly energy that has formed this place. A lighthouse stands proud, warning all ships to stay clear from this dangerous place. It is truly astonishing. Cascais Bay - Admire the Cascais bay on the way back to Lisbon. Understand the magic light of Lisbon, where the River Tagus and ocean blues merge with the sky colors. Take your camera with you.

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From Lisbon: Full Day Tour of Sintra and Cascais

10. From Lisbon: Full Day Tour of Sintra and Cascais

Travel to the wonderfully preserved city of Sintra on this day trip from Lisbon. Have some free time to explore the Old Town and go to the whimsical Pena Palace. Head to the coast to viewpoint at Cabo da Roca and the seaside resort town of Cascais. Be picked up from your accommodation in Lisbon. Sit back and relax on the scenic drive through the countryside to Sintra. Take some time to explore the vibrantly colored hilltop castle of Pena Palace or wander through the cafes, boutiques, historic estates and villas in the Old Town.  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 cliffs. Finally, arrive in Cascais, an elegant seaside resort town on the Portuguese Riviera. Stroll through the lovely city center and check out Cascais’ luxury marina, its charming fishing port, and a restored fort that houses many local craftsmen.

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What people are saying about Baía de Cascais

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 11 reviews

Our tour guide Alex was outstanding, very knowledgeable and super accommodating. He made sure he paid equal attention to every couple, speaking English to us and speaking French to another couple from France. When I asked to tweak a program a little bit so we can also visit Quinta da Regaleira after the Peña Palace, it didn’t take him long to accommodate the request. Thank you ever so much for your flexibility! The tour was well structured. We did not feel rushed, it was our day to enjoy! He recommended where to try famous Sintra sweets (and they were so delish by the way). The location for lunch was simply breathtaking: having my favourite octopus dish while sipping on a refreshing glass of wine & enjoying magnificent sea views, you feel like you’re on top of the world! Alex, thank you so much! We are bringing home a lot of memories thanks to your tour and flexibility! 100% recommend this company & this particular tour! This tour ticks all the boxes you want to see & enjoy in Sintra.

WOW!!! Everything was exceptional starting from my personal tour guide - Eduardo. This guy is one of a kind! He was so informative, professional, funny and unique. I had this tour all by myself with Eduardo and there was never a time that I felt uncomfortable with him. The combination of places we visited was just astonishing and breath- taking! If you are adventurous, art enthusiast and nature lover then this tour is for you. Eduardo was also a great photographer (the best pictures I had for being a solo traveler) and he also suggested the best dish I ever had in my entire European tour “Squid on the Grill”! Wow the taste still lingers. So if you have spare time in Lisbon, go and book this tour with Eduardo and you’ll never regret it! More power to Heart & Soul Tours

The tour guide Ronaldo was friendly and definitely showed us more than expected. But for the castle in Sintra I suggest take a whole day and not just 90 min. The park is beautiful and worth walking around too.

Alejandro was incredible! He was so much fun to spend the whole day with and was very accommodating. The fact that he can also juggle multiple languages was very impressive! I loved the tour :)

Experience sailing on the Atlantic Ocean, a happy experience