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Castle of the Moors (Castelo dos Mouros) Tours

Castle of the Moors (Castelo dos Mouros)
Perched atop Sintra with stunning views to the Atlantic, the 8th-century Castle of the Moors (Castelo dos Mouros) was built by the eponymous people during their reign in Portugal. It fell into disrepair after the Christian conquest, yet the partially restored fortress is a favorite among travelers for its rich history and panoramic views.

The Basics
No Sintra tour is complete without a stop at the Castle of the Moors (Castelo dos Mouros). Built upon the area’s highest hill, the edifice has seen many inhabitants—from the Moors to the Vikings to the nobility of Portugal and even a local Jewish community—throughout its 1,300-year existence. Take a full-day tour from Lisbon and visit the castle as well as Pena National Palace (Palácio Nacional da Pena), Sintra National Palace (Palácio Nacional Sintra), and Quinta da Regaleira to learn about the area’s fascinating history.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Castle of the Moors (Castelo dos Mouros) is a must-visit for history buffs.
  • Book skip-the-line tickets to save time at entry.
  • Be prepared for a lot of walking up steep stairs upon the stabilized ruins.
  • If hiking to the castle, bring comfortable and sturdy shoes, water, and sun protection.
  • The castle is not accessible to wheelchair users.

How to Get There
The Castle of the Moors (Castelo dos Mouros) is about 18.5 miles (30 kilometers) northwest of Lisbon. Take the Sintra train line and then the Sintra-Pena tourist bus 434 straight to the castle. There are also three hiking trails from the Sintra area to the castle, ranging from 45-minute to 1.5-hour walks.

When to Get There
The castle is open daily from 9:30am to 8pm during the summer season and 10am to 6pm during the winter season. Last admission is one hour before closing. Visit early in the day during the summer to avoid the heat.

A Castle Worth the Hike
When visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sintra, it’s impossible to miss the Castle of the Moors (Castelo dos Mouros). Built upon a 1,312-foot-high (400-meter) hill, this medieval stone castle offers some of the best views of Sintra, with Pena National Palace on one side and the Sintra National Palace on the other. The steep hike is well worth the amazing views, and on a clear day, you can even spot the Atlantic Ocean from the King’s Tower.
Address: Sintra, Portugal
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Sintra Full-Day Private Tour - A Journey through Wonderland

Sintra Full-Day Private Tour - A Journey through Wonderland

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Discover what makes Sintra the most romantic corner of Portugal on a private day trip to this forested enclave of palaces and estates that seem plucked straight from a fairy tale. With a personal guide arranging all the details, visit the former royal retreats of Pena Palace and Quinta da Regaleira, stroll through UNESCO-listed Sintra, and enjoy the ocean air in seaside Cascais.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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US$131.03
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Small Group Sintra, Cascais and Estoril Full-Day Tour

Small Group Sintra, Cascais and Estoril Full-Day Tour

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Discover the highlights of Portugal on this full-day small-group tour of Sintra and Cascais. After meeting your friendly and informative guide, head to the royal village of Sintra. See why this historic and scenic place earned UNESCO World Heritage status, as you stroll its opulent buildings and charming streets. Go deeper when you tour Pena Palace (ticket not included), then enjoy a leisurely lunch. After, continue to the westernmost point of Europe (Cabo da Roca), and the rustic fisherman's village of Cascais. On your way back drive past the coastal town of Estoril. This tour is limited to 15 people or less, for a personal experience.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$82.00
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Sintra or Sintra - Cascais Private Tour (from Lisbon)

Sintra or Sintra - Cascais Private Tour (from Lisbon)

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Visit Sintra with your own private guide on a full-day tour from Lisbon. See monuments including Pena National Palace and Quinta da Regaleira—both UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Moorish Castle (Castle dos Mouros), and Montserrate Palace. Take in the scenery of Sintra's traditional towns and coastline, and have lunch on the waterfront. Decide which monuments you want to tour, or simply view the landmarks from the outside.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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US$106.08
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Sintra Private Tour Half Day

Sintra Private Tour Half Day

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See a different side of Portugal during this private 4-hour tour of Sintra and Cascais from Lisbon. Your private driver will pick you up from your hotel and whisk you off to the picturesque town of Sintra, where you can wander its historical center, and visit several important monuments. Wander through the Regaleira or Monserrate palaces or tour the historic Noorish Castle. You can gaze out at the sea from the westernmost point in Europe and see the towns of Cascais and Estoril. Transport will be provided in your choice of car class.
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  • 4 hours
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US$110.19
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Sintra Private Tour with Pena Palace Entrance Ticket

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Sintra Private Tour with Pena Palace Entrance Ticket

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Sintra is a magical village and you must take your time to come and walk through its parks and gardens. On this tour, that will be only for you, you will be in charge of your time and will be able to appreciate the magical places that we will discover. No rush, just enjoy this unique village and get involved on its mysterious environment. - Guided visits inside the monuments and buildings by our professional guides - Enjoy at your own pace a private tour in a luxury car - Away from buses and crowds - Discover Palacio da Pena, the Moorish Castle and Quinta da Regaleira, the main attractions in Sintra
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  • 8 hours
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US$111.68
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Half-Day Secrets of Sintra and Cabo da Roca Small-Group Tour

Half-Day Secrets of Sintra and Cabo da Roca Small-Group Tour

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Visit Sintra and Cabo da Roca with a guide on a half-day tour for your group of up to eight people. You'll have to explore at your own pace as you take in Portugal's gorgeous beaches, a pretty fishing village, the westernmost point in Europe, and Sintra's historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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US$53.61
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Private Sintra Tour from Lisbon with Wine Tasting and Moorish Castle

Private Sintra Tour from Lisbon with Wine Tasting and Moorish Castle

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Discover an 8th-century Moorish castle and a picture-perfect mountain village on a full-day, private tour from Lisbon to Sintra. With the flexibility of a private tour, you’ll have time to explore at your own pace, and see the things that interest you most. Stroll through Sintra’s historic center, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, sample local wines, then head to the coast to see Cabo da Roca and Cascais. This 8-hour Sintra tour includes pickup and drop-off at your Lisbon hotel, a wine tasting, and admission to the Moorish castle.
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  • 8 hours
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US$113.17
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Sintra Private Tour, a dreamlike experience!

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Sintra Private Tour, a dreamlike experience!

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This tour will be a day trip where travelers can enjoy the different faces of Sintra with the company of their own private guide. Travelers will visit the Pena National Palace and Quinta da Regaleira, both UNESCO World Heritage sites, as well as Monserrate Palace, National Palace the Moorish Castle and Cabo da Roca, the most western point of continental Europe. Since this tour is 100% customizable travelers can decide which monuments to visit in the inside or can decide to visit monuments only from the outside. During the tour you will discover the hidden treasures only locals know of and will have the opportunity to try the fantastic Portuguese cuisine. The itinerary is designed in a way travelers will always avoid crowds.
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  • 5 to 8 hours
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US$75.94
US$82.25
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Sintra, Cascais and Estoril Private Tour from Lisbon

Sintra, Cascais and Estoril Private Tour from Lisbon

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Explore the beauty of Sintra, Cascais and Estoril on this experiential full-day private tour from Lisbon. Enjoy a day of exploring central Lisbon with your own personal guide and driver. Travel with an insider who can give you informative insights into the local history and culture. In Sintra, stroll the charming streets and see postcard-perfect views, then get a glimpse of its royal history when you tour Pena Palace (entrance fees not included). Savor lunch overlooking the hills and valleys, then head to the coast to see Cabo de Roca, the westernmost point of Europe). Don't miss a visit to the Cascais Fisherman Village, or Estoril on the way back to Lisbon.
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  • 8 hours
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US$167.68
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Private Tour: Sintra, Cabo da Roca and Cascais Day Trip from Lisbon

Private Tour: Sintra, Cabo da Roca and Cascais Day Trip from Lisbon

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Discover Portugal’s unspoiled Atlantic coastline on this private day trip from Lisbon to Sintra and Cascais. See hilltop Pena National Palace, Guincho Beach and Sintra’s medieval village; snap photos from Cabo da Roca cliffs and outside opulent palaces; and explore Cascais, a pretty fishing village come resort town.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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US$214.42
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Day trip to Pena Palace, Moorish castle, Cabo da Roca and cascais

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On this tour you will have the opportunity to visit the romantic Pena Palace and the fascinating Castelo dos Mouros located in the middle of the exuberant forests of the Serra de Sintra, get to know the magnificent Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of Continental Europe where land ends and the sea begins (Camões) and enjoy the beautiful view of the Atlantic Ocean. See also Cascais one of the most visited villages in the country with its beautiful beaches and excellent cuisine.
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  • 8 hours
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US$190.60
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Full Daytrip to Moorist Castle, Ericeira & Mafra, from Lisbon

Full Daytrip to Moorist Castle, Ericeira & Mafra, from Lisbon

Discover the Moorish Castle, a military fortification testifying to the Islamic presence in the region. From the top of its walls you can admire a unique landscape, with the village of Sintra in the foreground and extending to the Atlantic Ocean. Meet Ericeria you will find countless flavors and generations of stories. See the iconic Mafra National Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We’re specialized in services and unique travels experiences in Portugal. Our experience is your garantee that we understand, meet and exceed your expectations. We invite you to experience the authenticity of a full day tour through Moorist Castle, Ericeira & Mafra. Where you will know the best of Portugal!
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$204.39
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Sintra and Cascais Private Tour, Pena Palace, Moorish Castle ...

Sintra and Cascais Private Tour, Pena Palace, Moorish Castle ...

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On this tour you will have the opportunity to visit the romantic Pena Palace, Moorish Castle and the fascinating Monserrate Palace, set amidst lush forests of the Serra de Sintra, visit the magnificent Sintra Palace and Cabo da Roca, the most westerly point from Continental Europe where land ends and the sea begins (Camões) and enjoy the beautiful view of the Atlantic Ocean. See also Cascais one of the most visited villas in the country with its beautiful beaches and excellent cuisine.
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  • 8 hours
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US$195.83
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US$195.83
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Private Tour to Pena Palace, Moorish Castle Sintra Palace ...

Private Tour to Pena Palace, Moorish Castle Sintra Palace ...

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On this tour you will have the opportunity to visit the romantic Pena Palace and the Moorish Castle, set amidst lush forests of the Serra de Sintra, visit Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of continental Europe where land ends and the sea begins ( Camões) and enjoy the beautiful view of the Atlantic Ocean. See also Cascais one of the most visited villas in the country with its beautiful beaches and excellent cuisine.
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  • 4 hours
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US$195.83
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Half Daytrip to Moorish Castle & Hell's Mouth, from Lisbon

Half Daytrip to Moorish Castle & Hell's Mouth, from Lisbon

Enjoy a walk through Sintra, visit the Moorish Castle, a military fortification that testifies to the Islamic presence in the region. From the top of its walls you can admire a unique and stunning landscape overlooking the village of Sintra extending to the Atlantic Ocean. On our return to Lisbon, we will pass through Boca do Inferno and we will end with a panoramic view of Estoril, famous for its Casino and the majestic gardens that frame it. We’re specialized in services and unique travels experiences in Portugal. Our experience is your garantee that we understand, meet and exceed your expectations. We invite you to experience the authenticity of a half day tour through Moorish Castle & Hell´s Mouth. Where you will know the best of Portugal!
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  • 5 hours
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US$143.80
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Private 1-day tour of Queluz Palace, Moorish Castle, Mafra ...

Private 1-day tour of Queluz Palace, Moorish Castle, Mafra ...

On this tour you will have the opportunity to visit the Queluz National Palace, an 18th century Palace reference of rococo and neoclassical architecture in Portugal, the Moorish Castles and the Mafra National Palace the only National Monument that includes a Royal Palace, a Basilica and a Convent, get to know the splendid Vila de Ericeira, one of the few parts of the world that has been declared a World Surfing Reserve, you will be dazzled by the José Franco Typical Village with its miniature museum that represents various daily activities of the early twentieth century. .
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  • 8 hours
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US$195.83
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Shared Tour to Sintra from Lisbon Including Entrance to Pena Palace

Shared Tour to Sintra from Lisbon Including Entrance to Pena Palace

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Capture the enchantment of Sintra on a full-day trip to the UNESCO-listed town from Lisbon. In a comfortable vehicle, you’ll travel through the beautiful Portuguese countryside and stop at prominent landmarks like the Palace of Queluz and Pena Palace. Explore the winding streets of historic town, SIntra, and absorb spectacular views from Europe’s westernmost point, Cabo da Roca. On the way back to Lisbon, you’ll enjoy stops at quaint fishing village, Cascais, and the blissful beach at Estoril.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$89.34
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Sintra and Cascais Private Tour with a Local

Sintra and Cascais Private Tour with a Local

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We know what it is to be a tourist and to be a local, that is why we will do our possible to give you the best experience possible. With us you will stop in places where locals stop, you will go to restaurants where they go, see the views that they see, you can be a local for a day in Sintra. Besides that, we are very flexible and our tours might change from client to client, according to what the clients like the most, we recommend what they should visit, and they can change it from the options available. This is a full day tour where you will have the chance to visit historical monuments, stop at view points through the coast of Sintra and meet the old fishermen village of Cascais. Group rates are better, and if you have a group bigger than 6 or any other doubt, please don't hesitate in contacting us.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$121.41
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US$121.41
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Full-Day Private Sintra Tour with Wine Tasting and Pena Palace

Full-Day Private Sintra Tour with Wine Tasting and Pena Palace

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See the real Sintra on this private tour from Lisbon. Enjoy the benefits of a flexible schedule and customizable itinerary on this tour that takes you beneath Sintra’s surface layer. Your expert guide will take you to the best points of interest, such as the Palace of Queluz, Sintra National Palace and the ancient Moorish Castle which provides breathtaking views of Portugal. You won’t want to miss a visit to the westernmost point of Europe, Gincho’s dunes, and the stunning Sintra Mountains, before returning to Lisbon.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$152.48
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US$152.48
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Private Half-Day Tour to Sintra from Lisbon

Private Half-Day Tour to Sintra from Lisbon

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Marvel at the picturesque beauty of Sintra on a private half-day tour to the UNESCO-listed town from Lisbon. Alongside your guide, you’ll visit the magnificent Pena Palace and admire the coastal splendor of quaint fishing villages, Estoril and Cascais. Listen to legends about landmarks like Queluz Palace and the Castle of the Moors and explore the charming streets of Sintra Village on a walking tour. Private round-trip transport from your Lisbon hotel is included in this tour.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$65.52
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US$65.52
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Private Sintra Tour from Lisbon with Regaleira Experience

Private Sintra Tour from Lisbon with Regaleira Experience

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Spend a day exploring the historic town of Sintra on a private tour from Lisbon that includes lunch at the Quinta da Regaleira, a sumptuous palace that’s part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy the flexibility of a private guide as you follow winding, cobblestone streets to palaces, fountains, and religious landmarks, as well as a hilltop Moorish castle with sweeping views of the Portuguese countryside. This 8-hour tour also includes a tasting at Sintra’s most famous winery, a stop at Cabo da Roca, and time in Cascais, with pickup and drop-off at Lisbon hotels.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$226.33
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US$226.33
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Lisbon and Sintra PRIVATE Shore Excursion

Lisbon and Sintra PRIVATE Shore Excursion

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Make the most of your limited time in port in Lisbon on a private shore excursion of the city and nearby Sintra. This private tour introduces you to Lisbon's charming neighborhoods and historical landmarks, such as Sé de Lisboa (Lisbon Cathedral), Belém, and the Alfama district. Then head to the UNESCO-listed town of Sintra, known for the fairytale-like architecture of the National Palace of Pena, the medieval Castelo dos Mouros (Castle of the Moors), and Quinta da Regaleira.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$113.17
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US$113.17
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Private Tour: Sintra Day Trip from Lisbon Including Wine Tasting

Private Tour: Sintra Day Trip from Lisbon Including Wine Tasting

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Take time out of your city break in Lisbon and head into the hills of Sintra for this private day trip. With your very own guide, you’ll travel to the age-old town of Sintra, one of the Portuguese Royal Family’s favorite resorts. Visit fairy-tale Pena National Palace; sit down for lunch at a family-run restaurant; and revel in the sea views from the Cabo da Roca cliffs before finishing the day with a wine tasting in a local cellar.
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  • 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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US$359.00
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US$359.00
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Private sightseeing Tour to Sintra and Cascais from Lisbon

Private sightseeing Tour to Sintra and Cascais from Lisbon

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Visit the town of Sintra, just outside Lisbon and known for its UNESCO World Heritage–listed cultural landscape, on this day trip with private transportation. Soak up the Romantic architecture of the village, and check out landmarks like Pena Palace, the Castle of the Moors and Palace of Queluz. This tour includes a driver but no guide.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$106.02
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US$106.02
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