What to visit in Sintra Cascais Tour
VISIT HISTORICAL CENTRE OF SINTRA
Our 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 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 QUINTA DA REGALEIRA
Quinta da Regaleira is one of the most astonishing and unfathomable monuments of Sintra's Cultural Landscape, classified by UNESCO as World Heritage Site.
Set on the elegant promenade connecting Sintra's National Palace and Palácio de Seteais, the state was purchased in 1893 by philanthropist António Augusto Carvalho Monteiro for his family's summerhouse.
Between 1898 and 1913, in the hands of Italian architect and scenographer Luigi Manini, António Augusto Carvalho Monteiro converted his dominion into an ambicious Total Art project, submitted to a complex landscape and architectural program that materalized the imaginary garden concept, much in vogue since the late 17's.
It is nowadays considered the masterpiece of Neo-Manueline Art from the last period of romanticism in Sintra.
VISIT CABO ROCA
The 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.
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
What are the Main Attractions that are part of this regular Tour to Sintra Cascais?
In Sintra the Tourist will find a unique village in the World. Sintra is full of colorful castles and palaces, medieval streets and a breathtaking landscape, Sintra is the best option for a 1 day tour from Lisbon. In this Regular Tour of 1 day to sintra and Cascais due to the places we visited besides Sintra we had to choose to visit the most emblematic attractions
Sintra Historic Center
Cabo da Roca
Boca do Inferno
Passing by Estoril
Return from Cascais to Lisbon By the Coast
What are Timetables and Prices of Sintra Monuments?
You can check the schedules and prices here of monuments in Sintra
On the Tour to Sintra is it possible to visit Quinta da Regaleira?
The visit to Quinta da Regaleira is not part of the Regular Tour to Sintra Cascais. However, if you want to visit Quinta da Regaleira, you will need to inform our Reservation Team. If possible, we will do everything to inform the Guide of this option. The guide will make sure that during the Visit to Sintra he will provide this Visit. If you really want to visit Quinta da regaleira as well as the Moorish castle or even the Queluz Palace, we suggest that you choose private tour Sintra Cascais
Can I adapt or change this route of the Regular Tour to Sintra Cascais?
No. If you want to change or adapt the Tour to SIntra Cascais, we recommend that you choosea private tour to Sintra Cascais where we give all the information of the attractions you can choose or others you want to visit
How far in advance can I book this tour and how can I make the payment?
We recommend that as soon as you have all the information from our Reservation Team, you should do so as soon as possible to guarantee your place in one of our vehicles. Payment methods are: By Bank Transfer, or Paypal
Can I create customized itineraries for Companies?
Yes, of course it is possible, you can find all the information here for Companies and Travel Agencies
How far is Sintra from Lisbon?
Sintra is 25 km from Lisbon. The most recommended public transport is by train. We advise against going by car to Sintra, you will get a lot of traffic with lots of tourists and parking in Sintra is a hell. We recommend that you take a Tour from Lisbon to Sintra
I travel alone. Is it possible to book in advance and take this Regular Tour?
If you are traveling alone it is not possible to make a reservation in advance, unless you make a reservation for 2 people. However, if there are more people on the same day, the amount that you overpaid will be returned to you. If you do not wish to make a reservation in advance, we recommend that as soon as you arrive in Lisbon, contact Celina by phone, in which case Celina will give you all the information on how you can take the tour and join an existing group.
Can I visit Sintra and Cascais in one day tour Leaving Lisbon?
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 best of your day in sintra and visit the most important monuments and then visit Cabo Roca Boca do Infernos and Cascais
Do I need to buy tickets in advance to enter the Monuments in Sintra?
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. It is always preferable to take a tour because the Guide is easy to buy on the spot and it is easy and priority not to queue when buying tickets and entering Monuments
How much time do I have to visit the attractions that are part of the Tour?
The objective of Celina Tours is to make the visits included in this tour with complete peace of mind. For this reason we take a leisurely tour and without a strict time to return to Lisbon. The Guide will give you the necessary and Sufficient time to visit the Palácio da Pena (1h:30), and a time for a quiet lunch. In the remaining stops such as Cabo da Roca, Boca do Infernos, cascais and the historic center of Sintra it will never give less than 30m. All of these times will be managed by the Guide with the group as long as normal Tour planning is maintained
How much money is spent on admission to Monuments and meals on the sintra tour
Everything will depend on whether you want to make a visit to the Interior of the Pena Palace or other Monuments you want to visit and regarding Meals it will also depend on which restaurant and menu you will choose. The guide will recommend the most economical restaurants. The decision to enter the Monuments or have lunch is yours. But to have just one idea you should spend per person with admission to the Pena Palace and lunch on average 24€