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Sintra: Guided Tour and Entry Ticket to Quinta da Regaleira

1. Sintra: Guided Tour and Entry Ticket to Quinta da Regaleira

Meet your friendly local guide at the entrance of Quinta da Regaleira and get ready for a cultural deep-dive into one of Sintra's iconic palaces. First, get immersed with a brief introduction to Sintra's history, legends, and curiosities. Learn about tales of the Templars Freemason secrets to the international poets who were inspired by this fairy-tale location. Then, it's time to step inside the palace and explore the impressive Quinta da Regaleira. Learn how the Gothic architectural masterpiece was built in the 19th century with alchemy in mind. Finally, wander its lush gardens, lakes, grottoes, and enigmatic constructions, including the world-famous Initiation Wells. At the end of the tour, you'll leave enriched with amazing facts and memories of the palace.

Sintra: Hidden Gems Guided Walking Tour with Pastry

2. Sintra: Hidden Gems Guided Walking Tour with Pastry

Uncover the mysteries of Sintra and discover hidden gems on this guided walking tour of Sintra. Listen to local curiosities, legends, and secret stories from your guide.  Meet your friendly and passionate local guide outside Sintra train station. You will start your tour admiring the fantastic city hall building. Walking along the promenade towards the center of the village, admire the statues displayed along the way. After a brief stop at the Moorish fountain, head into the historical center. Now it's time to have a tasting of the typical pastry from Sintra, the famous Travesseiro. Enjoy the impressive views of Moorish castle from the National Palace. Next, head towards the Palace of Seteais, passing by the church of San Martinho, the oldest hotel on the Iberian Peninsula, and a small romantic waterfall. From the Palace de Setais, you can enjoy a fabulous view of the Pena Palace and the Atlantic Ocean. End the tour by visiting the impressive Quinta da Regaleira and explore its lush gardens, lakes, grottoes, and enigmatic constructions, including the world-famous Initiation Well.

Sintra: Walking Tour with Palace, Castle, and Old Town Visit

3. Sintra: Walking Tour with Palace, Castle, and Old Town Visit

Meet at the local supplier's office in Sintra which is located a one-minute walk from Sintra train station. On arrival at the office, you can view the big wall topographic map of the region that shows all the options of the walking tour. In a small briefing, design your personalized walk through Sintra town. Then, start your walk through the picturesque tracks with some views. Chat about the history, legends, morphology, and vegetation. Visit a Moorish castle, archaeological site, Pena Palace and gardens, Chalet of the Countess, Villa Sasseti, and historic center of Sintra. You can choose different monuments and paths according to your physical condition.

Sintra: Guided Walking Tour

4. Sintra: Guided Walking Tour

From our meeting point to the historical center your will get an overview of Sintra’s history and tales. Along the 20 minute walk some places of interest and panoramic view will be present. Arrived at the village center, the National Palace will tell you about the evolution of architecture in Portugal along the centuries. The village, the mountain and the Moorish Castle will make the perfect picture of this panoramic view. Explore the village on your 20 minute free time. Getting back on track, the next stop is Seteais Palace. Apart from the tale and history, this palace has one of the best views over Pena Palace. Get your camera ready! Quinta da Regaleira is next. The extravagant palace and garden, is made on purpose for you to get lost. The grouts, inverted tower, tales, legends of the occult, are meant to be explored. Our visit will finish after the visit of Quinta da Regaleira. A restaurant will be suggested or a walk back to the meeting point.

Mysterious of Sintra Walking Tour

5. Mysterious of Sintra Walking Tour

Sintra was a hotspot for the summer of the Portuguese Family and as a consequence a getting point for nobles and aristocrats from Lisbon. As a result Sintra got a lot of summer houses, chalets, villas, palaces and castles that shaped up the cozy and fancy look of Sintra nowadays. One of those summer dream houses is Quinta da Regaleira, a botanic park with vegetation from all over the world combined with unique architecture influences and the most noble materials. It looks like an outdoor opera scenery with a very popular and famous highlight, the Iniciatic Well. Right next door, there is another incredible summerhouse called Biester Palace. This is another excellent example of the variety of diversity of vegetation from all over the world and a mix of architecture styles that can be seen at the palace. The belvederes and consequent views are also stunning. This Palace is famous for the movie “The Ninth Gate” with Johnny Depp.

Sintra: Legends and Medieval Stories Private Walking Tour

6. Sintra: Legends and Medieval Stories Private Walking Tour

The tour starts in the Historic Center of Sintra as you meet your guide for the day, an expert historian and researcher. Listen to an insightful introduction to the medieval history of Sintra and how this has influenced the region today. Learn about the true origins and legends of Sintra and hear fascinating stories that although might seem fictional, are in fact true. As you walk up to Sintra castle, find remnants of historical legends along the way and listen to your guide revive the past with his commentary. Learn about the Reconquista and its impact on the castle as well as its importance to the city. At the top of the castle, from a carefully selected watchpoint, admire the views across Sintra and hear your guide share information about the old Portuguese and Medieval chronicles. Learn about the intriguing legends and stories of Medieval Sintra, such as the dishonest monks who once lived here, feuding neighbors, and a carpet made of treetops. There’s also plenty of opportunities to marvel at the landscape of Sintra at a selection of view points that overlook Pena Palace, Quinta da Regaleira, and Sintra National Palace.

Lisbon: Tailored Tour

7. Lisbon: Tailored Tour

Book your personal guide for one day and determine your individual tour according to your wishes. You are completely free to decide which destinations you want to visit or you can let your guide advise you and tailor the best tour to suit your interests and preferences. Whether you want to take a closer look at Lisbon historically, culinarily, culturally or architecturally, there are no limits to your imagination. Visit the sunny towns of Estoril and Cascais on the beautiful Atlantic coast, also known as the Portuguese Riviera. Or experience the mystical, literary worlds of Sintras with its fairytale castles and romantic alleys. Get an introduction to the Portuguese language or taste culinary highlights such as port wine, the famous Pasteís de Belém or the special seafood cataplana. Lisbon also offers numerous museums covering topics such as naval and shipping, modern and historical art, carriages, militaria, oriental studies and city history. Explore the oceanarium with children or sail the Tagus and the Atlantic on a historic sailing ship, enjoy a speedboat tour or tuk-tuk ride or go diving or surfing - the possibilities are endless.

Sintra: Half-Day Climbing Experience

8. Sintra: Half-Day Climbing Experience

The Sintra Mountains will always amaze you. Climbing is an experience in nature that will not leave you indifferent. This is an ideal climbing experience for anyone who wants to start climbing.  During the initiation to the activity, you will be instructed on subjects such as the material, safety rules and the types and forms of climbing. The Penedo da Amizade is a geological monument of rare natural beauty, long known to the people. The verticality of its walls has provided a true mecca for climbing lovers, and its natural architecture provides several routes of different degrees of difficulty. Your experienced guides will guarantee the best safety conditions.

From Lisbon: Half-Day Private Tesla Tour to Sintra

9. From Lisbon: Half-Day Private Tesla Tour to Sintra

Following pickup from Lisbon, begin by visiting the 18th-century National Palace of Queluz and its beautiful gardens. Following that, embark towards the village of Sintra. There you can enjoy a magical atmosphere as you walk around the historical center and discover the Sintra National Palace. Whilst in the village, take the time to try the famous pastries: Queijadas of Sintra and Travesseiros. Climbing among the mystical forests of Sintra, reach the top of the hill to discover the 19th-century Pena Palace. The palace is well adorned with the best pieces of decoration that the royal family left there. Throughout your 4-hour tour from Lisbon to Sintra your independence and autonomy are guaranteed. If you wish to change your route and take an alternative road, simply tell your accommodating driver. Your entire experience is conducted aboard a fantastic Tesla, a totally sustainable and eco-friendly vehicle in which you can save tons of CO2 emissions entering the atmosphere. At the conclusion of your day out, your friendly driver returns you back to your accommodation in Lisbon.

From Lisbon: Sintra Highlights Private Tour

10. From Lisbon: Sintra Highlights Private Tour

Join your expert guide at the train station and begin your journey of discovery through Sintra. Listen as they share fascinating insights into the town's rich history, culture, traditions, and legends. Experience the fairytale magic of Sintra with a visit to the National Palace, where you can marvel at its exquisite blend of Moorish, Medieval, Gothic, Manueline, Renaissance, and Romantic-era architecture. Continue to the mysterious Quinta da Regaleira, one of Sintra's most sought-after landmarks, and discover its similarities to Lisbon's Jeronimos Monastery and Tower of Belém. Venture into the charming downtown district, teeming with cafes, restaurants, and souvenir stores. Interact with the locals and soak up the atmosphere of this romantic little town with hints from your guide. At the end of the tour, you have the freedom to explore Sintra on your own or return to Lisbon.

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4.8 / 5

based on 294 reviews

Really lovely tour! Diogo was so passionate and knowledgeable about Portuguese history and Quinta da Regaleira that it was impossible not to enjoy this tour. He took a moment to get to know us and tailored things to our interests and preferences. We saw all the highlights of the grounds but it felt more like a casual, informative stroll with a friend than a formal lecture. Everyone in our group was very happy with the experience.

The guide is very good, very prepared, super attentive. What we did not like was that they put us together in an English group. A lot of time is lost, and the thread of the conversation.

Amazing tour! We went with the guide Márcio who was impeccable! He knew everything about the history, besides being very humorous. It was a really good tour! I recommend it to everyone.

The tour was good and really interesting. Definitely need a guided tour to visit and understand what’s going on. Tour guide Marcelo was great!

All very well. The guide explained everything great.