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From Lisbon: Sintra, Cabo da Roca & Cascais Ful-Day Tour

1. From Lisbon: Sintra, Cabo da Roca & Cascais Ful-Day Tour

This tour will take you to Sintra, a world heritage site, where medieval streets, castles, palaces, and chalets of diverse architectures coexist, inserted in a natural park that shows plants from diverse parts of the world, forming a vast and magical green forest.  On arrival at Sintra, beside the Centro Historico (Historical Centre), there are nearby a lot of interesting points to visit, such as, Sintra National Palace, the Pena Palace, Seteais Palace, Monserrate Palace, Parque Natural de Sintra and Quinta da Regaleira. Onwards, travel towards the Atlantic Ocean, to discover Cape Roca, the westernmost point of Europe. Travel along the sea and admire Guincho Beach enormous sand bed, which hosts many international surfing events due to gigantic waves. Pass through Cascais, and Estoril, both famous for their cosmopolitan environment, and finally visit Estoril’s worldly renowned Casino and beautiful gardens. Return to Lisbon driving along the Estoril Coast admiring the breath-taking sight of white sanded beaches along the way.

From Lisbon: 8-Hour Sintra Tour

2. From Lisbon: 8-Hour Sintra Tour

The first stop is at the National Palace of Queluz. Initially a rest stop for the nobility, it later became the official residence of Prince John VI. Its beautiful gardens and rococo architecture dazzle visitors with its sumptuousness. Continue on to the center of Sintra, where you can visit the castle or the National Palace. Walk through the colorful streets of the village, contrasting with the bright green of the mountain. The morning will not end before a stop at the Quinta de Monserrate and Quinta da Regaleira, a fruit mansion imagined by a man in love with the arts.  If you choose the lunch option, you can taste one of the best Portuguese dishes. If not, there is plenty of places for you to eat nearby. The afternoon begins with a visit to the most famous and magical palace on this tour, the Pena Palace. Built 500 meters above sea level, it is considered one of the most beautiful palaces in Europe and in the world. Its colorful architectural extravagance with its neo-Moorish elements gives off an exotic character that is accentuated by the lush vegetation of Pena Park. The return to Lisbon passes through the picturesque village of Cascais, where you have free time to sit by the sea, sip a beer with a seafood dish or eat one of the best ice creams in the world. Back on the road, pass the Estoril coast with its vast and beautiful beaches. In Lisbon, you are returned to your hotel, with the certainty of having spent a memorable day in dreamy locations.

From Lisbon: Sintra Tour with Queluz Palace Entrance

3. 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.

Private Sintra Tour with Wine Tasting & Moorish Castle

4. Private Sintra Tour with Wine Tasting & Moorish Castle

The first stop is the fantastic Palace of Queluz, built in the 18th Century, which was the official royal residence of the king D. Pedro IV of Portugal.  Visit the beautiful and historic town of Sintra, a UNESCO world heritage site. Discover the picturesque streets, Sintra National Palace, the fountains, the churches, chapels and shrines. Climb to the Moorish Castle (Ticket Included) where the construction of the first sections of its wall dates from the 8th and 9th century. From the castle, you can enjoy a fantastic view of the whole region. It can’t be missed! The next stop is Quinta da Regaleira, one of the most amazing monuments of Sintra. This place is one of the most startling, magical, and mysterious in the area. Explore its tunnels, mazes, and its riddles and symbols that are reminders of the mythology of Olympus, Virgil, Dante, Camões, and of the Knights Templar of the Order of Christ. Next, stop in Colares in the cellars of Adega regional de Colares to have a tasting of the best regional wines. Discover the most western point of continental Europe. From the cliff tops, enjoy the fantastic view of the beaches and the sea. From the road near the coast, you can gaze at the beaches and the beautiful towns of Estoril and Cascais. On the way back, have the chance to enjoy this unique beach with its famous dunes. A real sanctuary for surf, windsurf, and kitesurf.  And of course you can’t leave without visiting the charming town of Cascais. This former fishing village used to be a royal getaway. Nowadays it still is one of the most attractive destinations for the Portuguese and foreign elite thanks to all that it has to offer: boutiques, restaurants, hotels, beaches, and much more.

Private Sintra Tour with Cellar Visit & Wine Tasting

5. Private Sintra Tour with Cellar Visit & Wine Tasting

The first stop on your 8-hour tour is the fantastic Palace of Queluz, built in the 18th century as the official royal residence of King Pedro IV of Portugal. Visit the beautiful historic town of Sintra, a UNESCO world heritage site, and discover its picturesque streets, Sintra National Palace, the fountains, the churches, chapels and shrines. Head up to the Moorish castle, where the early construction dates back to the 8th and 9th centuries. From the castle, you’ll have fantastic view of the whole region. The next stop is the Pena Palace, where you’ll see a mix of architectural styles. The palace is one of the best examples of Romanticism of the 19th century. You’ll visit the most westerly point in continental Europe next. From the clifftops you’ll enjoy panoramic views of the beaches and the sea. From the coastal road, you’ll also be able to see the towns of Estoril and Cascais. Stop in Colares at the cellars of Adega Regional de Colares, a wine producer that has been in operation for 2 centuries and one of the most prestigious. Learn about the history of the winery, visit the cellar and taste its unique wines. Next you’ll make a stop to enjoy the town’s unique beach with its famous dunes. This spot has become a sanctuary for surfing, windsurfing and kite surfing. You’ll also visit the charming town of Cascais, a former fishing village that became a royal getaway. Today it is still one of the most attractive destinations for the Portuguese and upscale international travelers due to all that it has to offer, from boutiques and restaurants, to hotels, beaches and more.

Breathtaking Sintra: Tour from Lisbon

6. Breathtaking Sintra: Tour from Lisbon

Head to Sintra on this 8-hour tour from Lisbon. Stop at the National Palace of Queluz. Initially a rest stop for the nobility, it later became the official residence of Prince John VI. Continue to the center of Sintra and take a walk along its colorful streets. Continue the drive and stop at Quinta de Monserrate and Quinta da Regaleira. After lunch (not included in the tour price), visit the magical Pena Palace. Built 500 meters above the sea, it is considered one of Europe’s most beautiful palaces. Its exotic character is accentuated by the lush vegetation of Pena Park. On the return to Lisbon pass through the picturesque village of Cascais and drive along the Estoril coast.

Sintra Natural Park Full-Day Tour from Lisbon

7. Sintra Natural Park Full-Day Tour from Lisbon

See the whimsical palaces and Moorish castles of Sintra on a full-day tour from Lisbon, and discover why the picturesque town became a magnet for Romantic writers, poets, and artists. Following a pick-up at your hotel in Lisbon, drive to the fantastic Palace of Queluz, built in the 18th century as the official royal residence of King Dom Pedro IV of Portugal. Then, continue to Sintra to explore the picturesque streets and monuments, such as Sintra National Palace. See ornate fountains, churches, chapels, and shrines. Next, climb to the Moorish Castle. With walls that date back to the 8th and 9th centuries. Enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding forests and mountains, before going to Pena Palace to discover a remarkable mix of architectural styles inside and out. Depart Sintra for continental Europe’s westernmost point. Enjoy views of the Atlantic Ocean from Cabo da Roca. Continue along the coast road through picturesque towns such as Estoril and Cascais. See a unique beach, famous for its dunes and a sanctuary for surfing, windsurfing, and kite surfing. En route back to Lisbon, stop at the former fishing village of Cascais, and marvel at how it has become one of the most elegant destinations for the Portuguese and foreign elite, thanks to its boutiques, restaurants, hotels, and golden sand beaches.

Sintra, Cascais and Queluz Palace from Lisbon

8. Sintra, Cascais and Queluz Palace from Lisbon

Start your tour with a visit to the magnificent Queluz Palace, a mixture of baroque, rococo and neo-classicism that resulted in one of Europe’s most beautiful palaces. In Sintra sierra, enjoy the verdant hills, the bubbling springs of crystal-clear water, the parks covered with multitudes of flowers. The old village black stone pavements contrast with the old, colorful houses. Located in the middle of the mountain range, Sintra allows you to enjoy the surrounding fields and reveals the imposing Monte Magno. Visit the charming Pena Palace, the greatest exponent of Portuguese Romanticism. After lunch, continue your tour at “Land’s End”, Europe’s westernmost point, be dazzled by the breath-taking landscape and, after it, enjoy the town of Cascais, where you will have free time to wander the old streets and do some shopping. Return to Lisbon along one of the old continent’s most beautiful roads.

Sintra: Full-Day Tour from Lisbon with Wine Tasting

9. Sintra: Full-Day Tour from Lisbon with Wine Tasting

After a pick-up at your hotel in Lisbon the first stop on your full-day tour will be the fantastic Palace of Queluz, built in the 18th century as the official royal residence of King Dom Pedro IV of Portugal. Visit the lovely and historic town of Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire the picturesque streets, Sintra National Palace, and the fountains, churches, chapels, and shrines. Climb to the Moorish Castle, where the walls date to the 8th and 9th centuries. From the castle, you’ll have fantastic views of the whole region. The next stop is the Pena Palace, where you’ll see a mix of architectural styles in the interior as well as the exterior. The Palace is one of the best examples of Romanticism dating from the 19th century. Next you’ll visit the most westerly point in continental Europe, where from the cliff tops you’ll enjoy fantastic views of the beaches and the sea. From the road near the coast, you’ll be able to see the picturesque towns of Estoril and Cascais. Stop in Colares to taste some of the best regional wines as well as other regional specialties. On the return trip, you’ll have a chance to enjoy this unique beach with its famous dunes. The site is a real sanctuary for surfing, windsurfing, and kite surfing. And of course you can’t leave the area without visiting the charming town of Cascais. This former fishing village became a royal getaway, and today still is one of the most attractive destinations for the Portuguese and foreign elite thanks to its boutiques, restaurants, hotels, beaches, and much more.

From Lisbon: Mafra, Ericeira & Queluz Day Tour

10. From Lisbon: Mafra, Ericeira & Queluz Day Tour

This tour will take you to Mafra, where a world heritage famous convent-palace takes place. The National Palace of Mafra, a complex consisting of a Royal Palace, a Basilica and a Convent, was completed in 1735, by the will of King D. João V by virtue of a promise he had made on behalf of the descendants he would obtain from the queen. It was the residence of the royal family for a few years, until the king's death, but never ceased to be one of the court's favorite places. Mafra's greatest treasure is the library. Here are kept books that are unique and rare examples of knowledge produced between the 15th and 19th centuries. Considered one of the most beautiful in the world, this library was born in the reign of D. João V, the king who favored culture and knowledge. After visiting the palace, head to the coast and arrive at Ericeira, a pretty fishing village. Its connection to the sea is undeniable, which you can enjoy exploring its narrow streets located in the Historic Center that take us back to other times. The cliffs along the shores of Ericeira beach also give it a unique beauty, as do the fishermen's boats that bring the best and freshest fish to land that can be tasted in many of the village's restaurants. Onwards, you will travel towards the interior, to discover Queluz National Palace, not infrequently called the Portuguese Versailles. It is an 18th century palace and was built as a summer retreat. Among the various rooms and other divisions of the palace such as the throne room, music room, ambassador's room, D. Quixote's room, among others, it is here where you will find the most interesting and important historical gardens in Portugal, present the most significant set of statues by the British sculptor John Cheere (1709-1787), outside English territory, which gives it great importance in the international art scene.

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What people are saying about Queluz

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 516 reviews

We booked the private tour for Sintra and everything was just perfect as we got to see whole Sintra, not only the palace etc. All thanks to our excellent and one of a kind tour guide VASCO! He is just the kindest soul and a very passionate tour guide. He showed us more of Sintra than we ever could have imagined and exceeded our expectations. A plus point is also that Vasco knows everyone around Sintra which also shows that he is very experienced. So glad that we booked this tour. @Vasco: I wish I could give you 10 stars

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.

really enjoyed the comfort if a small group. our guide Renato was super helpful during the trip and after it with the tips in Lisbon. we didn't see all the parks in Sintra, but anyway it was very pleasant trip

We had a great tour with João! If you want to make the most of a trip to Sintra, we highly recommend!

Very nice experience. Emerson is the best guide ever, very kind and welcoming