Colares, Portugal UNESCO sites

Our most recommended Colares, Portugal UNESCO sites

Sintra: Jeep Tour with Visit to Pena Palace

1. 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: 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.

Wonders of Sintra & Coast

3. 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 Full-Day Jeep Safari from Lisbon

4. Sintra Full-Day Jeep Safari from Lisbon

The tour begins with a pick-up at your hotel (Lisbon) and a brief introduction to what you can expect on your journey. Then you will be taken to the Sintra Mountain to enjoy breathtaking and astonishing views of the Coast and the Ocean. Mandatory stops at the highest & emblematic spots such as the Peninha Sanctuary or the most western point of Europe, are the landscape highlights! The magnificent Pena Palace is a "must see", then you will be able to enjoy some free-time in Sintra itself to relax and discover its most intimate secrets.

Sintra Jeep Safari Full Day

5. 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

Excellent tour and a good way to experience two Sintra palaces in detail, as well as see several others from afar. Pedro was an outstanding guide and provided insightful commentary throughout the day. This tour, unlike most, requires one to get to Sintra on their own. While it is easy to do see via train from Lisbon and takes less than 40 minutes, it is crowded and not at all scenic. Lunch at a local restaurant was good. It was an additional 20E for everything included and a good value.

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 !

Fantastic time rich with history. Great way to Sintra quickly but effectively! Our guide - who was fantastic - gave us the option to spend the last part of the day going to Pena Palace or seeing some incredible sights. We chose the latter and were not disappointed!

Diogo was an incredible guide, and the tour was fantastic. Both palaces we visited were gorgeous, and the lunch provided was delicious and came with so much food. I could not recommend this tour enough!

Excellent and so much fun! We loved this tour and the tour guid Francisco was friendly and very knowledgeable. We will book again for sure! Thanks Francisco!