Things to do in Colares, Portugal

Our most recommended things to do in Colares, Portugal

From Lisbon: Sintra Tour with Queluz Palace Entrance

1. 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: Jeep Tour with Visit to Pena Palace

2. Sintra: Jeep Tour with Visit to Pena Palace

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage town of Sintra on a Jeep tour with a local guide. Admire the romantic architecture and landscape, and hear about real-life castles and mysterious legends. Visit Pena Palace, discover off-road lookouts, and sample Port wine. After meeting your guide, start the day with a visit to the magical Pena Palace (entry tickets not included). There, marvel at the red-and-yellow Disney-like castle that sits atop Sintra’s second-highest peak. Once you're finished at Pena Palace, stop for lunch (not included) at a traditional Portuguese restaurant in a small village. Think fresh fish or tasty meat on the wood-fired grill, accompanied by plenty of wine. After lunch, visit the 12th-century Peninha Sanctuary and enjoy the 360-degree views of the forest, the Atlantic Ocean, Lisbon, Sintra, and Cascais. Then, cruise around in the convertible jeep to epic lookouts and secret spots other visitors can’t reach. Snap Polaroid pictures at the coast, play your own music all day long, and enjoy a tasting of Sintra’s traditional sweet pastry and Port wine.

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

3. 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.

Sintra: Half Day Jeep Safari

4. 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.

Mountain & Ocean Wonders: Jeep & E-Bike Tour

5. Mountain & Ocean Wonders: Jeep & E-Bike Tour

1st - You will be pedaling throughout the fishing village’s cobble streets and classy surroundings, catching sight of the best white sanded beaches! Cycle past the coastline and feel the Atlantic breeze, the stunning Boat Marina, the iconic scent of the former fish market and don’t worry about feeling tired or pedaling too much, the ebikes are ready to assist! Center Beaches (lot’s of them) Boat Marina Secret Museum Boca do Inferno Fish-bay 2nd - Sit back and enjoy the ride, while we navigate inside the mountain, past stunning beaches and breathtaking views! Get your batteries charges with a 100% local lunch, at a traditional Portuguese restaurant at a unique picturesque village Off-track, off-grid routes, non-touristic stops, and the most western point of Europe! Guincho Dunes and beach Cabo da Roca Local Restaurant Sintra/Cascais Natural Park 3rd - Our fairy tale-home: Sintra! Glaze upon its unique monuments and eccentric properties lost inside its stunning natural immensity and visit it’s a most precious gem: Pena Palace (princess palace crowning the mountain)! Pena Palace Sintra Histórical Center Local Winery Non-touristic viewpoints Don't miss out on the "must see places near Lisboa" but be unique doing it!

Wonders of Sintra & Coast

6. Wonders of Sintra & Coast

Make the most of your time in Sintra with a day tour that includes the highlights of the city and the surrounding coastal area. Visit the romantic Pena Palace, travel to the edge of Continental Europe at Cabo da Roca, and learn about Portuguese wines at one of the country's oldest cellars. Meet your guide at the activity provider's store in Sintra for a coffee before setting out. Travel along the centenary tram line toward your first stop, the rural village of Colares. Visit one of the country's oldest wine cellars and learn about Portugal's ancient winemaking traditions. Continue along the coast toward your next stop, a whitewashed village located on top of the cliffs where you can take in views of the crashing waves of the Atlantic. Afterward, stop at some more breathtaking beaches along the coastline before stopping for lunch at a traditional restaurant in Sintra (not included in tour cost). After lunch, head to the westernmost point of Continental Europe, Cabo da Roca, before heading to the fairytale Pena Palace where you can create your own fairytale (entry optional). Finally, the choice is yours of where to get dropped off. You can head to the train station, or finish the tour at Quinta da Regaleira, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Sintra: 2-Hour Group Surf Lesson at Praia Grande

7. Sintra: 2-Hour Group Surf Lesson at Praia Grande

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. Experience a 2 hours Surf lesson in the amazing Sintra beaches. An Experienced Coach will manage a small group with a maximum 5 surfers, each surfer will be included in a group formed according to ages and levels, to make sure all the group evolutes in the same context. All the equipment will also be adapted to your level in order to turn the experience as easier and fun as possible. The beach and time of the lesson can also be adapted to each group, to make sure you can take the best profit of each lesson in a safe un fun experience. If we need to move to a different beach we will take in our van with no extra cost. We are locals from Sintra beaches Praia Grande and Praia das Maçãs, but we are also licenced to Carcavelos and Costa da Caparica. This way we can always have good conditions to all surfers.

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

8. 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 Estoril or Cascais: West Coast of Portugal Day Trip

9. 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.

Sintra Jeep Safari Full Day

10. Sintra Jeep Safari Full Day

The tour begins with a pick up at your hotel on the Estoril Coast and a briefing of what is expecting you for the journey. Then you will be taken to the Sintra Mountain to enjoy breathtaking views of the Coast and the Ocean. Stop at the western most point of continental Europe: Cabo da Roca.  In the afternoon you will have free time at Sintra historical city center for a visit followed by a visit to the Pena Palace, a fairy tale place with astonishing views. The journey ends with the return at your hotel.

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What people are saying about Colares, Portugal

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 39 reviews

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.

Miguel our guide was super friendly and he knew his way around which made our day trip very efficient. Though its a bit more expensive than other day trips to Sintra, its very nice that is super private. We wish it was a bit clearer than the Sintra castles were not included in the day trip schedule. Overall very nice experience !

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.