3. From Lisbon: Pena Palace Visit & Sintra Guided Day Trip
Meeting point in front of Fenix Hotel, next to Marquis of Pombal (Marquês de Pombal) at 8:20 (Please be there at least 10 minutes before to avoid delays).
First visit Pena National Palace on the top of Sintra's Mountain, one of the most impressive expressions of 19th-century Romanticism in architecture in the world and one of Portugal’s seven wonders, and the amazing gardens full of rare fauna and unique trees from the four corners of the world. You will find a Palace not just with a single style but a mix of Romantic, Renaissance, Manueline and Moorish styles. A variety of trails that lead you right to the top where you can enjoy the stunning panoramic views of the peaceful forests and gardens covered by exotic plants and flowers, the western coastline and the city of Lisbon below.The Pena Palace was designated a National Monument in 1910 and its part of the Cultural Landscape of Sintra, which has been classified by UNESCO as World Heritage since 1995. Estimated Time - 2 hrs
Then admire Sintra Village Historical Center where you’ll have free time to explore the town, to see Sintra National Palace from the outside, the charming traditional shops, restaurants and historic cafes but above all the landscape that has inspired so many artists, writers and kings. Don't forget to taste the traditional "Travesseiros de Sintra" and "Queijadas de Sintra", two of the most delicious local pastries.Take a walk along the medieval streets of Sintra one of the most known and romantic Portuguese villages. Due to its palaces, woods and the fogy mountains, Sintra has become a magical place. Estimated Time - 1h30
After lunch, a drive through one of the most beautiful roads of Sintra straight to Roca Cape, the westernmost point of Continental Europe, where you'll be amazed by the breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean crashing against the high rocky cliffs, an absolute paradise for photography lovers. Estimated Time - 20m
On the way to Cascais you will pass by a beautiful beach, part of the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, Guincho Beach is popular for its strong winds and high swells that are the delight of a great following among bodyboarders and surfers. Part of the Guincho beach great beauty is its natural white sand dunes that contrasts with the Serra de Sintra hills.
Last but not least Cascais, known as the French Riviera, this elegant seaside resort town is now the favorite destination of the national and international jet set. Stroll along the charming city center and enjoy the lovely Cascais bay. Estimated time - 1h
After your free exploration time in Cascais, relax back on board an air-conditioned minivan, and admire more breathtaking views along the coast on the way back to Lisbon.