Reasons why you should visit Sintra
Due to the climate, the proximity of the sea and the Tagus estuary were sufficient reasons for the presence of Man in this Sintra Region since the Bronze Age, passing through the Roman era and the Muslim occupation. Vila de Sintra was also owned by queens and was the residence of kings and the Portuguese court.
Castle of the Moors
Sintra National Palace
Queluz National Palace
Quinta da Regaleira
Chalet and Gardens of the Countess d'Edla
Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Peninha
Sintra is proud of its gastronomic specialties, such as the regional "pastel" pastries and the famous Queijadas de Sintra, the Pastéis da Pena, the Nuts of Galamares and the Fôfos de Belas.
In the historic center of the romantic village of Sintra remains many buildings of various eras and cultural movements. Walking through the streets of the historic center of Sintra is an experience not to be missed. Too charming, the streets gather small stores that sell a little of everything: Souvenirs, liquors like Ginginha in a chocolate cup, wines, handicrafts and much more. take the opportunity and sit on a terrace in some cafe or restaurant for a good break and enjoy a juice or coffee, while admiring the local architecture.
Sintra was classified as World Heritage, under the category 'Cultural Landscape', on December 6, 1995, during the 19th session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee held in Berlin.
Benefiting from a very special microclimate, it is not uncommon to find the Sintra mountains covered with fog, which gives this region a certain mystical aura. Due to this climate that, for those who come from Lisbon, makes it seem that it ended up in another dimension, the nobility chose to build their mansions in Sintra over the last centuries.
Sintra has a natural beauty, from the mountains to the sea. In addition to enjoying the sea and the sun, the beaches of Sintra are true places of pleasure, offering great conditions for surfing, bodyboarding and water sports Some of those beachs are Guincho Beach in Cascais, Maçâs Beach, Grande Beach, Azenhas do Mar Beach in Sintra
What to visit in Sintra Cascais Private Tour
VISIT HISTORICAL CENTRE OF SINTRA
Our Private day tour from lisbon to sintra goes to the historical center of Sintra where you can see the beautiful old streets and take pictures of the National Palace of Sintra. With its rippling mountains, dewy forests thick with ferns and lichen, exotic gardens and glittering palaces, Sintra is like a page torn from a fairy tale. Its Unesco World Heritage–listed centre, Sintra-Vila, is dotted with pastel-hued manors folded into luxuriant hills that roll down to the blue Atlantic. The Cultural Landscape of Sintra is a few kilometres away from the Atlantic Ocean. This Cultural Landscape is an exceptional mixture of natural and cultural sites within a distinct framework. Seen from a distance, it gives the impression of an essentially natural landscape that is distinct from its surroundings: a small chain of forested granite mountains rising over the hilly rural landscape. When seen from closer at hand, the Serra reveals a surprisingly rich cultural evidence spanning over several centuries of Portugal's history.
VISIT PENA PALACE
Then Private day tour to Sintra from lisbon continue to Pena Palace, the most extravagant palace built on a rock at 500m Altitude dominating the whole coast to Lisbon.This bulding is a mixture of Moorish and Manueline, architecture. Pena Palace, in the historical town of Sintra and part of the Pena park, represents one of the best expressions in the world of 19th-century architectural Romanticism.
On 7 July 2007, it was selected as one of the seven wonders of Portugal.
The Pena Palace is part of a set of Palaces and Monuments where we also include the National Palace of Queluz. Pena Palace was the first Romantic palace in Europe, having been built about 30 years before the charismatic Schloss Neuschwanstein, in Bavaria. The palace and park were designed and constructed as a single entity. From the palace, visitors look out on a mantle of greenery that covers over 200 hectares Pena Park. This park offers wonderful walks, with numerous garden constructions.
VISIT CABO ROCA
The Private day trip to sintra Cascais from lisbon goes to visit the Cabo da Roca, “where the land ends and sea begins”. The Cabo da Roca is the wild and rugged headland that marks the most westerly point of mainland Europe. These windswept cliffs and barren lands were believed to be the edge of the world up until the 14th century, and even today the region possesses a remote and untamed atmosphere. This isolated ambience of Cabo da Roca is enhanced by the very limited development within the area; there is a lighthouse, a coffee shop and a gift shop but nothing much else. The wind blasted and dramatic landscape is the primary draw of the Cabo da Roca, and is ideal for tourists who appreciate nature’s raw beauty. The Cabo da Roca is a popular destination with organised tours, as a stop between Sintra and Cascais, but it is easy to escape the throngs of tourists. Skirting along the top of the cliffs are challenging hiking trails that follow ancient coastal paths, and lead to pristine cove beach such as the Praia da Ursa or Praia da Adraga.
VISIT BOCA INFERNO CASCAIS
After Sintra and on the way to Cascais we go through the Boca do Inferno (mouth of hell). The Boca do Inferno is a unique sea-arch and cliff formation close to the town of Cascais. The coastline to the west of Cascais is exposed to fierce Atlantic Ocean waves and storms, and over millennia this has carved out jagged cliff faces and miss shaped rock formations. At the Boca do Inferno these powerful waves have chiselled out a sea arch, which then exposed much weaker rocks, and has been subsequently eroded to form a chasm within the cliffs. Into this opening the waves continual crash, and during violent winter storms water explodes upwards similar to an erupting volcano. Hence the overdramatic name of Boca do Inferno (Hell’s Mouth).
Finally a visit to Cascais - fishing village since the twelfth century and is well preserved until today. Cascais is the finest resort town of the Lisbon coastline, and is a highly recommended day trip from Lisbon. Within Cascais are grand mansions, fascinating museums and attractive parks, while the surrounding coastline offers beautiful beaches. Historically, Cascais was a minor fishing port, but this all changed in 1870 when King Luís I decreed that the town be the summer residence of the Portuguese nobility. This influx of the nobility’s entourage and the elite of Europe transformed Cascais into a sophisticated and refined destination, filled with grand villas and lavish venues. Today, Cascais is a charming town, which elegantly blends the fishing heritage, the 19th-century grandeur, with the expectations of modern tourism. Cascais is a popular holiday destination, but is equally suited for a day trip, with sufficient sights and activities to easily fill a day of sightseeing.
PASSING BY ESTORIL
At the end of the day we return to Lisbon for the account along the coast, passing by Estoril until Lisbon, admiring the beautiful coast and it’s beaches.
OPTIONAL VISITS ON THE PRIVATE TOUR TO SINTRA CASCAIS
Visit all the attractions, Palace and Sintra Monuments in 8H is completely impossible. We present below Optional Visits that you can replace or add to the places recommended by us on the Private Tour to Sintra. You must inform us in advance which places you want to visit so that we can plan the 8H Tour in order to be able to visit those places that are of your preference.
Queluz Palace This is an 18th century palace and was built as a summer retreat for D. Pedro de Bragança, who would later become the husband and king consort of his niece, Queen D. Maria I of Portugal. The gardens of the Queluz Palace, one of the most important historic gardens in Portugal, feature the most significant set of statues by the British sculptor John Cheere (1709-1787), outside of English territory, which gives it great importance in the international artistic panorama .
Sintra National Palace
The National Palace of Sintra, with an Arab foundation. The National Palace of Sintra, where various architectural styles - Gothic, Mudejar and Manueline - come together was widely used in the Middle Ages as a refuge for the court during the summer months and for hunting. Worldwide recognized for the profile of the two monumental conical chimneys in their kitchens
Quinta da Regaleira
One of the most mystical places you can visit in Portugal. With countless references to Freemasonry, the Quinta is all an appeal to our imagination. Visiting Quinta da Regaleira is like entering a fairy tale, or one of the Harry Potter books. For those who enjoy the spirit and romantic ideals
Actually called Sintra Castle, but popularly known as Castelo dos Mouros, the castle sits on a large rock at one end of the Serra de Sintra. At the top of its walls you can have a very privileged view of its entire length that goes to the Atlantic Ocean.
A fantastic romantic park created by William Beckford, a lover of the Serra de Sintra. In the Palace, the Music Room and the luxurious reception rooms, such as the Indian Living Room, the Dining Room and the Library, are all on the ground floor. The visit also includes the climb to the first floor, where the private rooms were.
Pickups in areas like: Alfama, Bairro Alto and Baixa de Lisboa, or with difficulty of access of the car we will mark a meeting point for the Pickup
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Frequently Asked Questions About Visiting Sintra
The Serra de Sintra is located between Sintra and Cascais and is one of the richest mountains in Portugal in terms of monuments and tourist spots. There are several palaces, castles, farms and other old buildings that are surprising for their architecture and times. But these presented here are the most popular and visited by tourists.
Sintra National Palace
Quinta da Regaleira
You can see here the timetables and prices of the monuments in Sintra of monuments in Sintra
Going from Sintra to Lisbon is easy. There are trains at least every 30 minutes during the week, every 30 minutes on weekends, from the Rossio station in Lisbon. The trip takes 39 minutes. When you arrive in Sintra you have transport from Sintra Station to the Center of Sintra and also to the Pena Palace. These transports also have a cost. If you visit Sintra on your own account and for transport you will waste a lot of time in Queues de trasnportes, Queues to go to Palacio da Pena, Queues to buy Tickets for Monuments. We recommend that you take a tour to escape all queues and have more time to visit the most important Monuments in Sintra
Sintra is 25 km from Lisbon. The most recommended public transport is by train. We advise you not to go to Sintra using own car, you will get a lot of traffic with immense tourist and park in Sintra is a Hell. We recommend that you take a taxi or a Tour from Lisbon to Sintra
Yes and we recommend doing Sintra and Cascais in 1 Day. But to do so, it is only possible if you take a Tour from Lisbon. Taking a Private Tour will make the most of your day in Sintra and visit the most important monuments and then visit Cabo Roca Boca do Infernos and Cascais
There is no need to buy tickets for the Palaces in Sintra online or in advance. Even if you buy in advance to avoid queues at ticket offices, you can find queues to enter Palaces and monuments that can take hours to enter. We recommend that you take a tour because the Guide has facilities to buy and has priority to not queue to enter the Monuments
Yes, it is possible. The fastest public transport is the train. The train departs from Rossio Station, in downtown Lisbon, to Sintra Station. The frequency of the train is at least four trains per hour during the day, and the journey takes about 40 minutes. Then in Sintra you have to take the bus to the center of Sintra. The most certain thing is to take long lines in Sintra to get on the Bus to go to the Center of Sintra and the Pena Palace. We always recommend taking a Tour to Visit Sintra
After getting off the train in Sintra, get out onto the street and look for bus number 434. This will take you from the train station to the city of Sintra (National Palace of Sintra), then the Castelo dos Mouros and the Palácio da Pena. The journey from the station to the Palácio da Pena takes about 25 to 30 minutes.
On average, train tickets from Lisbon to Sintra cost on average € 7. Then you have to go by Onibus 434 from Sintra station to the Pena Palace, it costs 2 €. Taxi can cost an average of € 15. Just to go to Sintrae back to Lisbon, you will never spend less than 44 €, 22 € to go to Sintra and 22 € to go back to Lisbon. If you take Regular Tour to visit Sintra, Cabo da Roca, Boca do Inferno and Cascais you can pay just € 54. It's only worth taking public transport from Lisbon to Sintra if you want to stay all day in Sintra