- See Sintra, the glorious Garden of Eden
- Visit the Roca Cape and Cascais
- Regaleira + Pena palace guided tour
Sintra, the glorious Garden of Eden, as Lord Byron called it, is a paradise just outside Lisbon. Come and discover why this charming village has been the delight of many people through time. The Roca Cape and Cascais are also to be visited!
Premium cool sintra full day tour - (regaleira + pena palace guided tour) pena palace - regaleira palace - sintra village - roca cape - cascais village
We begin this unforgettable voyage from Lisbon as we drive along the Marginal Avenue, a winding waterfront road with sweeping views of the Tagus River and the Atlantic Ocean. With the Bridge April 25 at our backs we go westwards where we follow the railway line, and see white sandy beaches, fishing vessels, ancient fortresses and old mansions.
During this journey we pass by the picturesque 'Portuguese Riviera', the name given to the section that runs, among other places, between Oeiras, Estoril and Cascais. We'll see the Casino Estoril, the largest in Europe and is believed to be the place where Ian Fleming (author of the most famous Secret Service agent - James Bond) has developed the idea for "Casino Royale".
As we reach Cascais, take your time to walk around in this, once a fishing village but now a popular holiday destination. Bask in the narrow alleys and see the traditional Portuguese white houses or enjoy relaxing at the beachfront for a few moments while watching the sea. Realize why today it's an elitist and chic hotspot, after being a refuge during World War II for numerous royal families in Europe.
Then we continue to Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of continental Europe. On our way we will see one of the most famous beaches in this region, Guincho, very popular among surfers and other water sport addicts because of its strong winds and perfect waves. Prepare the camera because the views of Cabo da Roca are some real postcards!
After some free time to contemplate the landscapes, we will continue towards Sintra, which its cultural landscape is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Before exploring its historic center, we will go to the Quinta da Regaleira, one of the most romantic places on the face of the planet. The property has 4 hectares, a palace, lush gardens, lakes, grottoes and enigmatic constructions, places that hide mysterious meanings evoked by orders such as Freemasonry and the Templars.
After lunch, enjoy some free time to explore the village and see the National Palace (where the Portuguese royal of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries used to spend the summer months).
Then we will go to the Palace of Pena in the top of the Serra de Sintra. It will be easy to fall in love at first sight! Pena is much more than a castle, a unique expression of the architectural Romanticism, something out of a fairy tale, situated approximately 500 meters above sea level, a World Heritage Site, blended from many styles: gothic, neo-Manuelin, neo-Islamic and neo-Renaissance.
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- Ticket to Regaleira Palace (with guided tour)
- Ticket to Pena Palace (with guided tour)
- Local sweet
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