Add dates
Estoril

Culture & History

Our most recommended Estoril Culture & History

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. Choose between the shared tour or private tour options. 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 vehicle, and admire more breathtaking views of the Portuguese coast as you make your way back to Lisbon.

From Lisbon: Sintra, Regaleira, Cape Roca, and Cascais Tour

2. From Lisbon: Sintra, Regaleira, Cape Roca, and Cascais Tour

Discover Sintra, so-called the “Garden of Eden” by Lord Byron. Tour its paradisiacal streets and gardens and admire the ornate palaces, villas, and estates throughout this colorful city. See Pena National Palace, famed for its romantic architecture and recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site. Located approximately 500 meters above sea level, soak up the stunning city views over Sintra. Continue to Sintra's Quinta da Regaleira and take a guided tour of the palace, lush gardens, lakes, grottoes, and enigmatic constructions. Learn about its connection with the Freemasons and the Knights Templar. Head to Cabo da Roca, the most western point of mainland Europe, passing Guincho Beach. Experience the Portuguese Rivera as you drive along the Estoril Coast and visit the village of Cascais. See why many exiled European royalty choose to live there.

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

3. 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.

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

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

Embark on a day trip from Lisbon to discover Sintra, Cascais, and Estoril. Walk around and explore the 7 Wonders of Portugal, visit Hell's Mouth, and many more sites along the way. Enjoy a day out that you won't forget. You’ll be picked up at your accommodation in the morning. Then, 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. You’ll have free time for lunch and a walk around the historical center of Sintra village, and to taste the traditional Travesseiros and Queijadas of 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.

Sintra - Cascais Estoril - Full Day Tour

5. 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.

From Lisbon: Sintra Full-Day Trip

6. From Lisbon: Sintra Full-Day Trip

Get out of the city and explore fairytale Sintra with a friend on this full-day tour. See the romantic Pena Palace and the mysterious Quinta da Regalheira. Explore the portuguese riviera Cascais and Estoril. Meet your guide by the reception of 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 Pena Palace and its elaborate gardens, the ancient home the portuguese millionaire Augusto Carvalho Monteiro called Quinta da Regalheira. Get a panoramic view of Lisbon and the Atlantic Ocean from the Pena Palace. Visit the westernmost point of continental Europe, Cabo da Roca. Return to Lisbon through the busy Riviera towns of Cascais and Estoril.

From Lisbon: Sintra, Cabo da Roca, Cascais, & Estoril Tour

7. From Lisbon: Sintra, Cabo da Roca, Cascais, & Estoril Tour

Enjoy a day trip from Lisbon to Sintra, Cabo da Roca, Cascais, and Estoril. Stop at Pena Palace in the Sintra Mountains and at the palace of Quinta da Regaleira. See the first casino in Portugal in Estoril. Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in Lisbon. Relax on the drive to Pena Palace in the Sintra Mountains. Spend some time admiring the vivid colors and 19th-century Romantic architecture of this national treasure. Head to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed historical center of Sintra. Walk through the narrow cobble stone streets and see the charming shops and restaurants. Take a stroll through the Quinta da Regaleira palace park which features lakes, grottoes, wells, fountains, secret passages, mystical symbolism, and a freemason initiation well. Next, travel to Cabo da Roca to see the dramatic coastline a the westernmost point in continental Europe. Continue to the seaside resort town of Cascais. Explore the romantic old buildings in this area which was once a popular summer destination for royals. Finish the tour by passing through the Portuguese Riviera town of Estoril. View the local casino which was thought to be a gathering place for spies in WWII. This inspired the James Bond novel 'Casino Royale.'

From Lisbon: Sintra and Quinta da Regaleira Tour

8. From Lisbon: Sintra and Quinta da Regaleira Tour

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.  

Lisbon: Full-Day Sintra Tour with Pena Palace

9. Lisbon: Full-Day Sintra Tour with Pena Palace

Experience the best of Sintra with a guided tour of Pena Palace, Cabo da Roca, Hell's Mouth, and Cascais village. Visit Colares, renowned for its winemaking, and soak up the views of the Portuguese coast. Explore the majestic and romantic Pena Palace, an astonishing fairytale castle, located on one of the highest peaks of the lush Sintra Mountain Range. At the end of the morning, stroll the streets of Sintra Village, which enchanted Kings and inspired poets. Enjoy local handicraft shops and tea-rooms to taste delectable sweets like "queijadas" and “travesseiros.” Then, travel to Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point in continental Europe. Relish scenic coastal views of Guincho Beach, a windsurfer's paradise, and Boca do Inferno, a famous seaside chasm with crashing waves.  Reach Cascais, a former fishing village, which is now one of the richest municipalities in Portugal.

From Lisbon: Sintra, Cascais and Estoril Tour

10. From Lisbon: Sintra, Cascais and Estoril Tour

Sintra is mysterious and reveals itself from afar. Start your tour in the Moon Hill with a visit to Pena Palace. Built on a unique place of cult, it shows itself in all its cheerful colors and architectural richness as one of the greatest exponent of Portuguese Romanticism. Visit the village of Sintra with its three thousands of years of history charm. Wander through the town and enjoy the verdant hills, the bubbling springs of crystal-clear water, the parks covered in multitudes of flowers. Enchanted castles spread all over Serra da Lua and in each corner there’s a story to tell.  Continue the tour in Cascais, a near sea village where you can enjoy free time to wander the old streets and do some shopping.

Frequently asked questions about Estoril Culture & History

What are other things to do than Culture & History that are worth visiting in Estoril?

The other unmissable things to do in Estoril are:

Other Sightseeing Options in Estoril

Want to discover all there is to do in Estoril? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about Estoril

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 2,834 reviews

We had a great trip on our half-day Jeep tour. George was a fantastic guide, very engaging and knowledgeable. We had already done some of the things on the itinerary so asked if we could change the route, and he was very obliging - we got to see a lot of places we were hoping to go. The off-road portions were rugged enough to be exciting but not uncomfortable. Beautiful views of the Atlantic Coast, Cabo da Roca, Convent of the Capuchos, Azenhas do Mar and even some dinosaur footprints! Very highly recommended!!

LOVED this day trip!! Diogo our guide was amazing! He had a great sense of humor and kept us entertained with information and stories about this special place. My 19yo son and I especially enjoyed the variety of places and the time to explore on our own. HIGHLY RECOMMEND! And thanks to Diogo for an awesome day

Nice relaxing guide. Perfect English language took into account the wishes of us came to nice places. Took us to a nice picturesque restaurant. Suggested himself to pick us up earlier to avoid the crowds in Sintra.

Everything was well organized and efficient. The stop for lunch in Sintra was barely enough time to eat however.

Successful, interesting and well organized tour. Overall highly recommended!