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Sintra: Jeep Tour with Visit to Pena Palace

1. Sintra: Jeep Tour with Visit to Pena Palace

Imagine kings and queens in mountain-top palaces, a kaleidoscope of bright colors. Magical forests filled with fairies, hidden treasure, or even ghosts. Sintra is a region filled with real-life castles and mysterious legends. Explore this UNESCO World Heritage town known for its romantic architecture and landscaping.  Start the day with a visit to the magical Pena Palace, the red-and-yellow Disney-like castle that sits atop Sintra’s second-highest peak. Walk around the external areas of Pena Palace.  The next stop is lunch at a traditional Portuguese restaurant in a small village. Enjoy fresh fish or tasty meat on the wood-fired grill and plenty of wine. After lunch, visit the 12th-century Peninha Sanctuary, built 500m above sea level. From here take in 360-degree views of the forest, the Atlantic Ocean, Lisbon, Sintra, and Cascais, on a stunning hike through one of the most amazing and mystical forests in the world. Finish with a visit to the hilltop megalithic structure that is essentially Portugal’s Stonehenge. As you cruise around in one of the convertible jeeps go off-road to epic lookouts and secret spots other visitors can’t reach.

From Lisbon: Sintra Tour with Queluz Palace Entrance

2. From Lisbon: Sintra Tour with Queluz Palace Entrance

Explore the fantastic Palace of Queluz, built in the 18th Century, the official royal residence of King D. Pedro IV of Portugal. Visit the historic town of Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Admire the picturesque streets, the Sintra National Palace, the fountains, the churches, chapels, and shrines.  Climb to the Moorish Castle where the construction of the first sections of its wall dates from the 8th and 9th centuries. From the castle, you can enjoy a fantastic view of the whole region. Next, stop at the Pena Palace where you can admire a mix of architectural styles in the interior as well as in the exterior. Make sure to have your camera ready to capture the fantastic landscape surrounding the Palace. Discover the most westerly point of continental Europe and marvel at the fantastic view of the sea from the clifftops. Gaze at the beaches and the beautiful towns of Estoril and Cascais. Enjoy a tasting of the best regional wines at Colares in the cellars of Adega regional de Colares. On the way back, have the chance to enjoy this unique beach with its famous dunes. Finally, visit the charming town of Cascais, a former fishing village now filled with boutiques, restaurants, hotels, beaches, and more.

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.

From Estoril or Cascais: West Coast of Portugal Day Trip

4. From Estoril or Cascais: West Coast of Portugal Day Trip

Travel along the coast in style in a convertible on this day trip from Cascais or Estoril. Take in dynamic coastal landscapes and views as you first drive East towards Lisbon and see this amazing city and bridge from a distance. Then drive to the towns of Estoril, Cascais, and Azenhas via the viewpoint at Cabo da Roca. Have coffee, bottled water, and snacks on your tour Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation in Cascais or Estoril. Drive East along the Marginal to Paco de Arcos for a great view of Lisbon, the 25th April Bridge and Christo Rei. Then sit back and relax on the drive to Estoril where you can see the Hotel Palacio & Casino which was featured in the 007 novel 'Casino Royale.' Stop for coffee on the promenade before walking on to Cascais. From Cascais it is on to the Boca de Inferno sea arch where you will see the power of the sea at it's very best. Pass through Guincho and drive up into the hills for stunning views of the coast below. Capture pictures of the westernmost point in mainland Europe at Cabo da Roca. Go to a restaurant with a view where you can purchase a delicious lunch. After lunch, drive to Praia das Maçãs (Apple beach). Go for a walk on the sand and admire the river that flows into the sea. Finish your tour near Azenhas and get your final views of this amazing coastline. Return to your accommodation in Cascais or Estoril.

Praia Grande, Sintra: Group Surf Lesson

5. Praia Grande, Sintra: Group Surf Lesson

Have an expert assess your surfing level on shore to see if you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced surfer. Set targets according to the surfer's levels and the conditions of the sea/surf. Practice some technical and specific work according to the group or surfer's level on the sand. Work on the acquisition of skills and the necessary technique to progress in different levels. Get expert instruction from high-quality coaches that know how to work according to the characteristics of the beach, the surf, and the safety rules.

Mountain & Ocean Wonders: Jeep & E-Bike Tour

6. 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: E-Car Self-Guided Tour for the 4 MAJOR Monuments

7. Sintra: E-Car Self-Guided Tour for the 4 MAJOR Monuments

All day in Sintra. First, to the top of the mountain, so you can see: Pena Palace (includes the Gardens, Chalet Condessa D'Ela and Valley of the Lakes). The fantastic Palácio da Pena is one of the best examples of 19th-century Romantic revivalism in Portugal. The interior of the palace is still decorated according to the tastes of the kings and queens who lived there. Moorish Castle, is a privileged viewpoint to admire the view extending from Sintra to the ocean. Afterwards, the visit goes down and passes in a small town call São Pedro. Here you can take the opportunity to enjoy a meal in a typical Portuguese food Restaurant. The next stage is the Romantic Gardens. This route takes you to the mystic Quinta da Regaleira (known for the Inverted Well). Quinta da Regaleira is one of the most enigmatic places in Sintra. Surrounded by lush vegetation, the Palace of Regaleira is a fascinating discovery. The Palace was built in a romantic revivalist style, recovering Gothic, Manueline and Renaissance architectural and decorative forms, mixed with mythical and esoteric symbology. The last monument in this route is Palace and Park of Monserrate. The palace was designed by architects Thomas James Knowles (father and son) and built in 1858. The construction of the gardens was able to exploit the micro-climatic particularities of the Serra, thus obtaining a magnificent park in which more than 3,000 exotic species can still be observed. You can end your visit here, or head to the Coast, where you will find three wonderful beaches: Praia Grande, Praia das Maçãs and Azenhas do Mar. You'll find small enclosed places and wide sands and hidden beaches. It's worth taking a look at some of them even outside the summer period, to see the incredible landscapes of the Atlantic coast. The coast has the particularity of the Mountain joining the Sea. Sintra's beaches can be truly amazing!

From Lisbon: Day Trip to Cascais, Cabo da Roca, and Azenhas

8. From Lisbon: Day Trip to Cascais, Cabo da Roca, and Azenhas

Travel along the coast in style in a convertible on this day trip from Lisbon. Take in dynamic coastal landscapes as you drive to the towns of Estoril, Cascais, and Azenhas. Have coffee, bottled water, and snacks on your tour. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation in Lisbon. Stop at the Tagus River in Lisbon to capture photos of the Belem fortifications. Sit back and relax on the drive to Estoril where you cans see the Hotel Palacio & Casino which was featured in the 007 novel 'Casino Royale.'  Continue to Cascais where you can take a stroll on the promenade before stopping for a cup of coffee. Walk to the Boca da Inferno sea arch, or choose to have some time to peruse the local shops. Pass through Guincho and drive up into the hills for stunning views of the coast below. Capture pictures of the westernmost point in mainland Europe at Cabo da Roca. Go to a restaurant with a view where you can purchase a delicious lunch. After lunch, drive to Praia das Maçãs (Apple beach). Go for a walk on the sand and admire the river that flows into the sea. Finish your tour in town of Azenhas where you can visit the the dunes and spend some time in the shops. Return to your accommodation in Lisbon.

Lisbon: Coastal Sunset Tour with Sparkling Wine and Snacks

9. Lisbon: Coastal Sunset Tour with Sparkling Wine and Snacks

After being picked up from your accommodation we drive to Boca da Inferno. Explore this amazing coastal feature and get your first unobstructed view of the sun setting in the West. Afterwards we derive along the coast towards Guincho beach and opportunity to explore the Cresmina Dunes. Walk through the dunes, feel the sand beneath your feet as you continue to be amazed at the stunning sunset and the views of ocean and hills. Explore Guincho beach before continuing to awe-inspiring views from Cabo da Roca and the shimmering sea and coastline. We continue North, with the sun is sight, towards Praia das Macas, passing a distant view of Pena Palace before reaching Azenhas do Mar. Admire the beautiful white and red houses of this coastal village. Then it is time to choose your quiet location, from those we have visited, to spend time together with a bottle of pink sparkling wine and fruit/canapes watching the sun disappear over the horizon. After great opportunities for photos to capture that special moment return to your accommodation.

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Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 36 reviews

My bestie and I were visiting Lisbon for a week and contacted Iain through GetyourGuide for a private coastline trip in a convertible ( 2 words caught our eye, convertible and private). Little did we know that we would be meeting a fine English gentleman who not only made the coastal trip amazing , he basically helped us plan the rest of the stay in Lisbon. He’s more a travel companion and hopefully will always remain a friend and we just had 2 amazing tours with him. He will also take you to a secret amazing restaurant with breathtaking views. There was zero stress with the 2 trips we had with him, he’s always contactable and arranged the trip suiting our time and suited the trip according to our liking. This review does little justice to the amazing time we spend on the beaches and the lovely rides we had cross country and along the amazing Portugal coastline but my last words are that he’s highly recommended with reasonable price point.

This was the best and perhaps only way to cover sintra in a day. We did the loop to the coast first, then came back and did loop with pena second (less crowded). My only suggestion: if you're going to eat at the recommended restaurants at the coast, make a reservation. And know exactly which sites you are stopping to see (on Google maps perhaps) because only the route is plugged into the GPS, not the places you be stopping to visit.

Ian was great. Took us to amazing hidden beaches and places we wouldn’t have seen otherwise. Great restaurant tips. Very knowledgeable and highly recommended. And don’t forget his snazzy car and wine to sip whilst on the beach. A thoroughly enjoyable experience and highlight of our trip.

Iain was very accommodating. Picked us up close to our apartment and off we went. It’s a beautiful drive down the coast. Made several stops along the way w breathtaking views. Lunch was at an amazing restaurant. So nice to see a different part of Portugal.

Thank you for a nice day. We liked discovering the seaside and we appreciated being able to stop at different places to admire breathtaking landscapes. Thank you for your kind attentions throughout the day.