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Lisbon: Pena Palace, Sintra, Cabo da Roca, & Cascais Daytrip

1. Lisbon: Pena Palace, Sintra, Cabo da Roca, & Cascais Daytrip

Escape Lisbon and go on a full-day, guided journey to some of Portugal’s most popular locations stopping at the iconic Pena Palace in Sintra, the awe-inspiring cliffs of Cabo da Roca, and the ritzy seaside town of Cascais. Your journey from Lisbon starts at the famous city of Sintra, whose Romanticist architecture, historic estates and villas, and numerous royal palaces and castles have made it a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy the freedom of choice on whether you want an included entry ticket and tour of the colorful Pena Palace, or whether you prefer to gain some extra free time instead. Arriving early at Sintra means greater chances of avoiding long lines if you choose to go with your guide on a comprehensive tour through its lavish interiors and lush gardens. Marvel at the palace’s fairy-tale-like appearance, beautiful facade and extravagant interior. Next, head over to the center of Sintra and get 1.5-hour of free time to wander on your own. Get recommendations of the city’s must-see locations as well as the best restaurant options for delicious traditional Portuguese dining from your guide. 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. If weather permitting, stop at Guincho beach, whose strong winds and high swells have made it a popular surfing destination. Lastly, arrive in Cascais, an elegant seaside resort town on the Portuguese Riviera. Stroll through the lovely city center and make sure to check out Cascais’ luxury marina, its charming fishing port, and a restored fort that houses many local craftsmen. After your free exploration time in Cascais, relax back on board your air-conditioned minivan, and admire more breathtaking views of the Portuguese coast as you make your way back to Lisbon.

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From Lisbon: Sintra, Cascais and Cabo da Roca Coast Day Tour

2. From Lisbon: Sintra, Cascais and Cabo da Roca Coast Day Tour

Escape noisy Lisbon on a visit to nearby sites of natural and architectural beauty. See Sintra's historic center, Pena, Cascais, and more on this day excursion. On this full-day tour, start off with a walk-in Pena Park. Feel like royalty in Pena Palace while your guide explains its history. Marvel at the views of the surrounding landscape and the Atlantic Ocean. If you choose the option without the Pena Palace ticket, enjoy free time in the old town of Sintra. Next visit Sintra's historical center. Enjoy lunch or visit the National Palace. Continue on with a drive through the Sintra Mountains. Stop at the great cliffs at Roca Cape, which are the westernmost point of continental Europe. The last stop of the tour is the stylish town of Cascais, where you can take a relaxing walk along the bay before heading back to Lisbon.

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From Lisbon: Sintra Full-Day Trip

3. 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 and Quinta da Regaleira 5-Hour Tour from Lisbon

4. Sintra and Quinta da Regaleira 5-Hour Tour from Lisbon

The driver will collect you from your address and drive to Quinta da Regaleira, the UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Sintra's principal tourist attractions. During the guided tour inside the monument discover the romantic palace, chapel and luxurious park featuring lakes, grottoes, wells, benches, fountains and a vast array of exquisite constructions. Next, take a short walk to historical center of Sintra passing by Lawrence's hotel, the oldest hotel in the Iberian Peninsula. Have free time for shopping, try teh local pastry, take pictures of the thousand-year-old National Palace or just enjoy a walk in the narrow Sintra streets. After, drive through the mountains and stop at Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point in continental Europe. The cliffs are 140 meters high and offer spectacular views of the wild coastline. Continue on with a drive by the coast that takes you to Guincho beach, and then to the elegant Village of Cascais. Take some free time and walk along the bay before returning to Lisbon or another drop off location.  

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From Lisbon: Sintra, Cascais and Estoril Full-Day Trip

5. From Lisbon: Sintra, Cascais and Estoril Full-Day Trip

You’ll be picked up at your accommodation between 9:00 AM and 10:00 AM and start your full-day excursion with a drive to Sintra village. In Sintra you’ll have a chance to visit the Palácio da Pena (Pena Palace), one of the 7 Wonders of Portugal. Then, take in the stunning gardens, caves, and architecture of Quinta da Regaleira or you can choose to visit the National Palace in the center of the village. You’ll have free time for lunch and a walk around the historical center of Sintra village, and to taste the traditional Travesseiros de Sintra. Next, you’ll drive through the National Park of Sintra-Cascais to Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of continental Europe. You’ll hear about the history of the site and enjoy stunning views from the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. On the way to Cascais you’ll stop to visit Boca do Inferno (Hell´s Mouth). In the charming village of Cascais you’ll have some free time to explore the historical center’s main streets. On your way back to Lisbon you’ll enjoy a panoramic tour around Casino Estoril, an iconic place that served as a setting for a popular action movie.

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Lisbon: Airport Transfer to/from Cascais, Estoril, or Sintra

6. Lisbon: Airport Transfer to/from Cascais, Estoril, or Sintra

Skip the long lines for taxis on arrival at Lisbon Airport and pre-book a private transfer to hotels or apartments in Cascais, Estoril, or Sintra by air-conditioned vehicle, priced for up to 8 passengers. Relax on the 1-hour journey and get dropped off directly at your hotel, with no need for extra stops along the way. Please be aware that even if you're a group of 4 pax, if you're carrying large bags, or luggage out of size, like surf boards, golf bags, or bikes, you must consider booking the mini van. Also available for departure transfers, the service is provided by the largest ground transportation company serving Lisbon Airport and is available whatever time your flight lands or departs. Benefit from a meet and greet at the airport or your hotel, and then sit back and relax as you enjoy the first-class service from a courteous driver with good knowledge of the area.

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Cascais: 2- or 4-hour Sailing Tour

7. 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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Lisbon Coast Guided Kayak Tour

8. Lisbon Coast Guided Kayak Tour

Experience the beautiful coast of Lisbon and see its historic coastal castles by kayak. Learn the basics of paddling and other techniques to make your experience as fun as possible. Paddle from Oeiras Harbor in the western part of the metropolitan area and see some of the most famous beaches, such as Praia de Carcavelos. Marvel at Saint Julian's Fort and the castles of Santo Amora and São João das Maias from the water. Discover the sheltered beach of Praia das Fontainhas along the way. Cool down with a dive in the crystal clear waters. Choose the length of your tour to suit your schedule, subject to the weather conditions, and benefit from the services of experienced guides, certified by the Portuguese Canoe and Kayak Federation.  

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Cascais: 2-Hour Sunset Cruise

9. 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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Sintra - Cascais Estoril - Full Day Tour

10. Sintra - Cascais Estoril - Full Day Tour

The enchanting town of Sintra makes the westernmost point of continental Europe much more than a place of geographical interest. This full-day private tour will give you a perspective you can only get by standing on the edge of the world. Though it is only 30 kilometers from Lisbon, this place "where the land ends" has a fresh climate and luxuriant vegetation that combine with unique architecture and a legendary charm to make it deeply romantic and mysterious. The ancient Moorish Castle of Pena Palace, built atop a cliff and the National Palace in the town center contributed to Sintra being named a World Heritage Site in 1995. But long before that it inspired famous writers including Hans Christian Anderson and Lord Byron, who called it "the most beautiful [village] in the world." First, stop at Sintra village, a delightful Portuguese town that is situated within the hills of the Serra de Sintra. Concealed within these pine covered hills are extravagant palaces and opulent mansions. Pena Palace, once the summer residence of Portugal's royal family, is the next stop. It dominates the coast to Lisbon. After lunch, visit Cabo da Roca, the actual western tip of the continent, where turbulent waters crash loudly against rocks rising to 140 meters in height and offering a beautiful view of the wild coastline. Boca do Inferno (mouth of hell), a steep cleft where the waves hit harder and louder, is nearby. A visit to Cascais, a fishing village established in the 12th century and well preserved until today, is the last stop before returning to Lisbon.

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Frequently asked questions about Estoril

What top attractions are a must-see in Estoril?

Planning Your Visit

  • Can I get here straight from Lisbon Airport?

    Yes, Estoril is 18 miles west of Lisbon and you can get there by an inexpensive and quick train ride.

  • Do they speak English outside the major cities?

    People who work in the tourist industry are constantly exposed to English speaking tourists, media, and culture. There will be no problems, though it's always appreciated if you try some basic Portuguese.

Good to know

  • Language
    Portuguese
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +351
  • Best time to visit
    This area enjoys a mild temperature year-round, with June and July reaching peaks in mid 70s Fahrenheit and winter only dropping to low 50s Fahrenheit. Visit at any time and you'll be able to enjoy the outdoors and explore in perfect comfort.

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What people are saying about Estoril

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 4,581 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.

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 :)

Lovely tour with a great person, Nuno. Didn't know when time has passed and I recomand this from my heart. A living fairytale, this part of the country. All the best, Nuno!

Portuguese culture at its finest! Big shout out to Nuno & Maria for being a part of a great day seeing some beautiful scenery - muito obrigado a todos :)

Well organized tour. Awesome guides with outstanding attitude.