Sintra, Cabo da Roca, Cascais e Estoril - Private Tour

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Stop At: Park and National Palace of Pena, Estrada da Pena, Sintra 2710-609 Portugal

The fantastic Pena Palace is one of the greatest examples of the romantic revival of the century. XIX in Portugal.

Located in Monte da Pena, the Palace was built on the site of an old convent of friars of the Order of São Jerónimo. It was the result of the imagination of...
Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Park and National Palace of Pena, Estrada da Pena, Sintra 2710-609 Portugal

The fantastic Pena Palace is one of the greatest examples of the romantic revival of the century. XIX in Portugal.

Located in Monte da Pena, the Palace was built on the site of an old convent of friars of the Order of São Jerónimo. It was the result of the imagination of D. Fernando de Saxe Coburgo-Gotha, who married Queen D. Maria II in 1836. In love with Sintra, he decided to acquire the convent and the surrounding lands to build the summer palace of the royal family.

The consort king adopted Portuguese architectural and decorative forms for the palace, in the revivalist style (neo-gothic, neo-manueline, neo-islamic, neo-renaissance) and in the surroundings he decided to make a magnificent English-style park, with the most varied tree species exotic.

Inside, still decorated to the taste of the kings who lived there, the chapel stands out, where you can see a magnificent alabaster marble altarpiece attributed to Nicolau Chanterenne (one of the architects of the Jerónimos Monastery, in Lisbon). Also worthy of mention are the mural paintings in trompe l'oeil and the tile coverings.

Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Centro Historico de Sintra, Sintra 2710-616 Portugal

Time to stroll through the narrow streets of the village of Sintra and take the opportunity to taste its conventual confectionery.

The following are two options for viewing:

1 - National Palace;
2 - Quinta da Regaleira

A beautiful town at the foot of the mountain range of the same name, its unique characteristics have led UNESCO to classify it as a World heritage site. It was even necessary to create a special category for the purpose - that of "cultural landscape" - taking into account its natural riches as well as the historic buildings in the town and mountains. Endowed with luxuriant vegetation, the mountains are part of the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park.

From early times Sintra has been the place of choice for the settlement of various peoples who have passed through the Iberian Peninsula and left traces of their presence, which are now displayed in the Archaeological Museum of Odrinhas, in the outskirts of the town.

In the 12th century, Dom Afonso Henriques, the first King of Portugal, captured the Moorish Castle, and his successors later built their holiday residence. Their physiognomy is marked by the two enormous conical chimneys built in the Middle Ages.

Much appreciated by kings and nobles as a country resort, and praised by writers and poets like (inevitably) Lord Byron who called it "glorious Eden", Sintra has a wealth of cottages and manor houses, some of which now provide accommodation in the form of country-house tourism.

The palaces, too, are outstanding, such as the Pena Palace, built in the Romantic period on one of the mountain peaks, and the 18th century Palace of Seteais, now converted into an elegant hotel, and the Palace of Monserrate, famous for its beautiful gardens with their exotic species that are unique in the country.

Sintra's confectionery deserves a special mention, particularly the travesseiros (puff pastes stuffed with a sweet eggy mixture) and the famous cheese-cakes, which according to ancient documents were already being made in the 12th century, and were part of the rent payments.

Near Sintra are the beaches (das Maças, Praia Grande, Praia da Adraga), Cabo da Roca (the westernmost point of mainland Europe), Colares (after which a demarcated wine-growing region is named), and the picturesque village of Azenhas do Mar, inset in a cliff.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Sintra National Palace, Largo Rainha Dona Amelia, Sintra 2710-616 Portugal

The ancient history of Paço da Vila de Sintra begins during the Muslim rule in the Iberian Peninsula. Already mentioned in the 11th century, the primitive Moorish palace - owned by the Portuguese crown after the conquest of Lisbon by D. Afonso Henriques (1147), 1st King of Portugal - is intervened for the first time in 1281, during the reign of D. Dinis. New construction bodies are added over time, under the reigns of D. Dinis, D. João I and D. Manuel I, maintaining their silhouette since the middle of the 16th century.

The arrangement of spaces in height, adapting to the terrain; the intimate organization of the indoor open air patios, where you can hear the water running; its windows with outdated arches; and the tile coverings of rich geometric patterns, show the Moorish connection of the craftsmen who built and embellished the Palace.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Quinta da Regaleira, Rua Barbosa do Bocage, Sintra 2710-567 Portugal

Quinta da Regaleira is one of the most amazing monuments in the Serra de Sintra. Located at the end of the historic center of the village, it was built between 1904 and 1910, in the last period of the monarchy.

The romantic domains formerly belonging to Viscondessa da Regaleira, were acquired and expanded by Dr. António Augusto Carvalho Monteiro (1848-1920) to found his place of choice. Holder of a prodigious fortune, which earned him the nickname Monteiro dos Milhões, he associated with his unique architecture and landscape project the creative genius of the Italian architect and scenographer Luigi Manini (1848-1936) as well as the mastery of sculptors, stonemasons and carvers who had worked with him at the Palace Hotel in Buçaco.

A man of scientific spirit, a vast culture and rare sensitivity, a remarkable bibliophile, a discerning collector and a great philanthropist, he left in this stone book the vision of a cosmology, a synthesis of the spiritual memory of humanity, whose roots immerse themselves in the Lusa and Universal Mythic Tradition. The architecture and art of the palace, chapel and other buildings were designed in the context of an Edenic garden, highlighting the predominance of neo-Manueline and Renaissance styles.

The garden, a representation of the microcosm, is revealed by the succession of places imbued with magic and mystery. Paradise is materialized in coexistence with an inferius - a Dantesque underground world - to which the neophyte would be led by Ariadne's thread of initiation.

With these scenarios, the representation of an initiatory journey, like vera peregrinatio mundi, through a symbolic garden where we can feel the Harmony of the Spheres and examine the alignment of an asceticism of consciousness that travels through the great epics, materializes. In it are glimpsed references to mythology, Olympus, Virgil, Dante, Camões, the Templar mission of the Order of Christ, great mystics and thaumaturges, the enigmas of Real Art, the Magical Work of Alchemy. In this stone symphony, the poetic and prophetic dimension of a Portuguese Philosopher's Mansion is revealed. Here Heaven and Earth merge in a sensitive reality, the same that presided over the theory of the Beautiful, of Architecture and of Music, that the acoustic shell of the Terrace of the Celestial Worlds allows to propagate for the infinite.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Estrada Cabo da Roca, Colares 2705-001 Portugal

Cabo da Roca is the westernmost point of the European continent or, as Luís Vaz de Camões wrote, the place “Where the Earth ends and the sea begins” (in Os Lusíadas, Canto VIII). A stone pattern with a headstone marks this geographical feature to all who visit this place.
Cabo da Roca is also called “Focinho da Roca” by people linked to things of the sea, and more poetically by “Promontório da Lua”, It is integrated in the Sintra Cascais Natural Park, which encompasses a vast area of ​​natural interest and beauty landscape from Cascais Citadel to the mouth of the Falcão River. From Cabo da Roca it is possible to follow several eco-trails.
In Cabo da Roca, the visitor is faced with a spectacular landscape, an imposing lighthouse and various infrastructures. It is also in this place that one of the rarest plant species is found, the "armeria pseudoarmeria".
Being located in an area with easy access and a large number of tourists, many people visit it.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Guincho Beach, Parque Natural Sintra-Cascais, Cascais Portugal

In the vicinity of Cascais, the extensive sandy beach of Praia do Guincho is very popular with swimmers during the summer season and all year round for surfers and windsurfers, sports for which this beach offers excellent conditions.

Along the road by the sea, countless restaurants of excellent quality offer excellent dishes of fresh fish and seafood.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Cascais, Cascais, Lisbon District, Central Portugal

Located by the sea and traditionally a fishing village, Cascais had an important development in the 19th century. XIV, when it was a busy port of call for ships heading for Lisbon.

However, it was from the 2nd half of the century. XIX, when the sea baths began to be appreciated, that Cascais suffered an impulse that transformed it into a very fashionable summer resort. The main driver of the transformation was the King of Portugal D. Luís I, who in 1870 converted the citadel fortress into the summer residence of the Portuguese monarchy. This example was followed by the nobility who built mansions and beautiful houses where the hottest time of the year was spent, completely transforming the old fishing village.

Cascais also started to attract strollers, whose access was made easier by the inauguration of the Railway Line between Pedrouços and Cascais in 1889. Today, Cascais is a very lively and cosmopolitan place, which still retains its aristocratic air .

It is recommended to stroll through its streets that have excellent quality stores or a few moments of rest in one of the many terraces that exist here. The beaches continue to be one of the biggest reasons for attraction, being possible to choose between those located in the sheltered bay of the village, or those that are a little further away in the Guincho area (already integrated in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park) that offer excellent conditions for surfing and windsurfing. Boca do Inferno, an indentation of the coast surrounded by steep cliffs and caves, remains a natural curiosity that attracts many visitors to see the strength of the sea.

Highlight for gastronomy, especially fresh fish and seafood, which can be enjoyed in the many restaurants in the region.

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Estoril, Estoril, Cascais, Lisbon District, Central Portugal

World renowned resort, Estoril is a true cosmopolitan center with great nightlife and has all the necessary infrastructure for a great summer center - beaches, excellent hotels, golf courses, a casino and even a race track.

It was at the beginning of the century. XX, that the planned transformation of this location began, due not only to the proximity of the sea that was beginning to be a pole of attraction, but also due to the existence of thermal springs then very fashionable.

The center of this new luxury resort was the Park and the Casino (ex-libris of Estoril), surrounded by arcade buildings and excellent hotels.

Previously, Estoril was known for the various forts on the coast that ensured the defense of one of the possible entrances to Lisbon and for the gathering built by the Mendicant Order of the Franciscan Friars in the century. XVI transformed into the College of Salesians.

Since 1930, Estoril has become one of the main exponents of tourism in Portugal, having been the chosen place for the exile of many deposed European monarchs, among whom may be the King of Spain D. Juan Carlos.

During World War II it was the refuge of writers, politicians, artists, businessmen and many Jews persecuted by the III Reich.

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Important Details

Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Bottled water
  • Private tour
  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Driver/escort
Not Included
  • Entry/Admission - Sintra National Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Park and National Palace of Pena
  • Entry/Admission - Quinta da Regaleira
  • Food and drinks
  • Lunch
  • Entrance Tickets
  • Gratuities
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
Lead Traveler's name on a sign

Airports

  • Lisboa Airport, Alameda das Comunidades Portuguesas, Lisbon 1700-111 Portugal


Ports

  • Lisbon


9:00 AM
Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant seats available
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
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Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Customer Reviews

3.5
/5
Based on 2 reviews

Reviewed: October 10, 2019

K Michael B

We've done Viator tours in several countries in Europe and Asia and have always had wonderful experiences with them until now.

This tour to Sintra and other places near there made me feel scammed and if this had been my introduction to Viator I would certainly never use them again.

This was one of the most expensive tours we've booked through Viator (almost $300 for two of us) and the description said that one of the highlights included the Pena Palace in Sintra. When I read 'included' that, to me, and based on my experience with other Viator tours, indicates that part of the $300 we're paying should get us INTO the palace. . .but we had to pay an additional 38 Euro to actually get in once there (a tour we did completely on our own without a guide at all). Note that nowhere in the tour description did it say that the tour did NOT include entrance to the main attraction of the trip!

Our guide spoke very little English, and though he was pleasant and drove well, he gave us very little information the entire day - he literally dropped us off places, pointed where we needed to go and then said to text him when we were ready for him to pick us up. This is NOT a tour. This is a driver. And we have never experienced this before with Viator.

For lunch he dropped us at a restaurant, where there were no nearby options. . .that lunch ended up costing us another 140 Euro for two of us. . .ridiculous! We wondered what kind of kick-back our driver may have been getting for taking us there.

We did another full-day Viator tour with another operator here in Lisbon today - that tour was just over $100 for two of us, and we had a guide who was so full of information that it has restored my expectations of a Viator tour.

But our trip yesterday to Sintra, Cascais etc. was absolutely disappointing.


Reviewed: September 13, 2019

Monica M

I must say the viator booking did not reflect the wonderful day we had. I thought this would be 8 hours at Sintra and wandered what can one do for 8 hours in Sintra. It was wonderful. On top of it Capo de Boca and Cascaix. With a private car and driver/guide! Kevin was courteous and very informative. We really liked him.