Let yourself be embraced by the beauty and romanticism of Sintra, its parks, palaces and breathtaking views. You can also visit the coastal town of Cascais, stare down the cliff at the Roca Cape or enjoy the sun in one of the beautiful Sintra beaches
What to Expect
The magical, misterious and lush green area of Sintra was the first in Europe to be considered by UNESCO, in 1995, a Cultural Landscape within the World Heritage Sites. Spend some time there before enjoying the sun in some of the beautiful Sintra beaches, staring down the cliff at the Roca Cape, and visiting the coastal areas of Cascais and Estoril.
May the throne of a queen be carved in stone? Is the goddess Cynthia still dancing in the Moon Mount with elves and fairies? How could a little cheese tart be used to pay rent? Come with us and find out why Sintra is truly magical.
The Pena Palace is one of the most photographed in Portugal and you will quickly know why. Standing on top of a rocky hill, it was built in the 19th century for the Portuguese royal family and it's one of the finest and earliest examples of the Romanticist Style in Europe. The nearby mourish castle, the National Palace in the village center, Monserrate Palace and Quinta da Regaleira are other examples of the wonderful architecture in the area, from the mourish invasions to the Renaissance and the Romanticist style that still dominates.
After ‘getting lost’ in the village and surroundings – with some famous pastries of Sintra in between – head to one or two of the amazing, natural and very well preserved beaches of Sintra, like Azenhas do Mar, Adraga or Praia Grande. Time for a quiet lunch by the sea or to get back on the road and pass the picturesque area of Colares.
Cabo da Roca, the westmost point of Continental Europe, is the next destination. It is ‘where the earth ends and the sea starts’, and some centuries ago it was actually believed that the earth ended there. You can see the beaches and cliffs to the right and left, before heading to Cascais.
Passing the dunes of Guincho and the several lighthouses that still help the boats avoid the rocks and rugged sea, the tour reaches Cascais, a well known resort for the Portuguese and European aristocracy since the ending of the 1800’s. Ask about a gelato and you will be surprised.
The return to Lisbon follows the seashore, through the famous Estoril Coast, known as the ‘Portuguese Riviera’. Hiding place for spies and foreign officials during the world wars, one place only was enough to inspire the first James Bond novel by Ian Fleming, Casino Royale.
- Private compact minivan with panoramic car ceiling
- WiFi and water
What's Not Included
- Tickets for monuments
- Guidance inside the monuments
Know Before You Go
Wear comfortable shoes and clothes and be prepared for sunny days most of the year