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Experience Portugal’s most beautiful attractions on this half-day guided tour of Sintra, Pena Palace (Palácio da Pena) and Cascais from Lisbon. Near Sintra you must experience one of Portugal’s Seven Wonders, the spectacular Pena Palace standing atop a hillside. With a guide discover fascinating stories about this palace and Portuguese history in general. You will also visit the lovely beach town of Cascais and admire picturesque views in Cabo da Roca, the westernmost extent of continental Europe.

Highlights

  • Half-day tour to Sintra and Cascais from Lisbon
  • Take a guided tour of the gorgeous Pena Palace (Palácio da Pena)
  • Enjoy the beauty of the fairytale town of Sintra
  • Stop for a photo op at Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of mainland Europe
  • Breathe in the fresh sea air on a beach in Cascais
  • Entrance fee to Pena Palace included

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What You Can Expect

Sintra, Pena Palace and Cascais Half-Day Trip from Lisbon

Sintra, Pena Palace and Cascais Half-Day Trip from Lisbon

Meet your guide in central Lisbon at Comercio Square (Praça do Comércio) for your Sintra, Pena Palace (Palácio da Pena), and Cascais half-day tour. Journey west to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Sintra, a storybook town situated in the foothills of the Sintra Mountains. Arrive and head to the opulent Pena Palace for a 1.5-hour walking tour.

See the eclectic architectural styles of this 19th century Romanticist palace and learn how it served as a monastery and summer residence to Portuguese royalty. Absorb the ambiance of the ballroom where nobles courted one another and explore luxurious rooms filled with fine Edwardian and Victorian furniture. Then, grab a glimpse of beautiful artwork in the Arab Room before you walk the stately grounds of Pena Park to see an assortment of exotic plants and trees.

Leave the palace and enjoy a half hour on you own to spend strolling the fairytale town of Sintra. Perhaps relax at a cafe for a tasty coffee and local treats like “queijadas de Sintra” or “travesseiros.” Or visit Sintra National Palace (Palácio da Vila), presently a historic house museum (own expense).

Next, head to the westernmost point in Europe, Cabo da Roca (March to October only). Treasure views of waves crashing into the majestic cliffside and granite boulders. Relax for a 20-minute break snapping perfect panoramic photos and stellar selfies!

Your final stop is the coastal town of Cascais, a former getaway of Portugal’s royal family in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Spend 10 minutes combing the pretty quaint beaches before pocketing your camera and heading back to Lisbon where your tour ends.

Customer Reviews

Catherine M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Wonderful tour and beautiful place!

Camelia B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

It was such a great tour! Wish we could and #39;ve stayed in Sintra longer. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and bus was very comfortable.

jenniferlota

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great tour, guide gave us sufficient time to walk around the palace. Stops at Cabo do Roca and Cascais were short, but I didn't feel that more time was needed to take some pictures.

Yiorgos C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Very good and kind guide, beautiful places

Ramzi A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Excellent tour
The guide is very professional

Dianne R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Most enjoyable, a nice balance between free time and information. Our guide was well organised and informative and answered all our questions. Pena palace was amazing and the half day tour was perfect for our needs.

ancient-heart

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

I truly enjoyed the tour. We were a very small group, so Ana, the knowledgeable and extremely friendly tour guide was able to provide us with a lot of information on the history, legends or sometimes myths about Sintra and Cascais. Ana was brilliant at codeswitching between English and French. We stopped at the Queijadas de Sintra to buy some must-try delicious pastries. The trip to Cascais was just a bit of a rush as we stopped for a mere 10 minutes to marvel at Boca do Inferno Hell's Mouth and take some photographs, however we understood that we had lost some time in Sintra due to the foggy weather. We were back in Lisboa on time as scheduled and in fact the kind driver, Martin dropped us off near our hotel as it was on his way. Overall, it was a memorable experience to Sintra, Pena Palace and Cascais. Thank you Ana and Martin!

JOHN G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

A great mix of places to see and a good mix of bus riding and sightseeing. Our guide Francisco was knowledgeable, informative and personable. The places we went were beautiful and interesting.

Alan Yiu Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The Tour Guide did an excellent job.

Paul K B S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Feature-packed and enjoyable......covered many sites yet never felt rushed......great value for a half-day trip!

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