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  • Location: Lisbon, Portugal
  • Duration:  5 hours (approx.)

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Spend a lovely afternoon in Sintra, a fairytale-like hillside town, which was also declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, just outside Lisbon. This half-day tour includes a guided element, but you’ll have two hours of free time to explore on your own. Then, bring your camera to capture a shot of Cabo da Roca, the most westerly point in mainland Europe. On your way to Cascais, a beautiful coastal town with pretty beaches, you will also pass Hell's Mouth (Boca do Inferno), a chasm in the seaside cliffs.

Highlights

  • Half-day tour to Sintra from Lisbon
  • Enjoy two hours of free time to explore Sintra on your own -- visit Pena Palace or Sintra National Palace
  • Visit Cabo da Roca and Cascais
  • Local guide speaks English, Portuguese and French

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What You Can Expect

Sintra Half-Day Trip from Lisbon

Sintra Half-Day Trip from Lisbon

While you’re in Lisbon, don't miss a trip to Sintra, full of palaces and villas perched in the hills. The dream-like scape is why Sintra is so often called a fairytale town – find out for yourself if it lives up to its reputation on this half-day trip!

When you arrive in Sintra, your guide will give you the lay of the land, answer your questions and tell you the must-see sights, including the gorgeous Sintra National Palace (Palácio da Vila) and the whimsical Pena Palace (Palácio da Pena), famous for its Romanticist architecture. You’ll have two hours of free time to explore on your own and visit the attractions that interest you.

After your two hours, continue your tour to Cabo da Roca (20-minute break in March to October only), a cliff famous for being mainland Europe's westernmost point. Take pictures of the beautiful landscape and the cape’s small lighthouse.

On the way to your last stop, Cascais, a former fishing village and preferred resort for European royals in the early 20th century, keep your eyes open, and you’ll be rewarded with views of the coast and beautiful Guincho Beach. In Cascais, enjoy your 10-minute break, stroll along one of the small beaches and enjoy the sea views before heading back to Lisbon.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

This trip was very enjoyable - the guide was friendly, helpful and, like most of the Portuguese people I met during my stay in Lisbon, spoke excellent English (and French)! Sintra is well worth a visit. To be honest, a full day's visit would be your best bet, as I only managed to see one of its spectacular palaces, but as long as you're aware that you won't get time for a huge amount of exploration, you won't be disappointed. The brief stop at Cabo da Roca was exhilarating, and the drive along the Estoril coast was very relaxing - we only got ten minutes' stop at Cascais, but again, not much more could be expected on such a short trip. All in all, this tour was great value, but if you're staying in the area longer, try to spend a full day in Sintra and the surrounding area.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

Nearly didn't go on this tour as the bus was an hour late. But so glad we did, wonderful afternoon in a magnificent area of Portugal. The guide was especially informative and helpful.

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