Unique Sintra & Cascais Villages
On this Lisbon tour, you'll visit two scenic villages-each with its own personality. During this tour of Sintra and Cascais, expect to see some incredible natural landscapes and manmade structures. You'll be reaching for your camera every minute!
The first stop on this tour is Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1995. Before you start sightseeing, enjoy their famous puff pastries, known as travesseiros (pillow). These light pastries are rolled and folded seven times before being filled with almond-and-egg-york cream. There are also their renowned cheesecakes, which are so good that they were once used as a means of paying rent!
Now that your appetite is satisfied, continue to the amazing Pena Palace. The current palace dates back to 1839, when King Ferdinand II bought the ruins of the Hieronymite Monastery of Our Lady of Pena and started to adapt it for use as a residence according to his romantic taste. After some time here, you'll make your way to Cascais, but not before making a pit stop at Azenhas do Mar, a picturesque seaside town. You'll also visit the beautiful cape Cabo Da Roca before arriving at Cascais, a former fishing village.
At Cascais, explore various nearby sites, like the Boca do Inferno, a famous cavern on the seaside cliffs. There's also the chance to try Santini's Gelati, whose famous ice cream has delighted guests for over six decades. Once time is up, you'll return to Lisbon in the company of your small group and tour guide. Book this Lisbon tour today for an unforgettable Portugal experience.
Please Note: The Pena Palace entrance fee (13 EUR per person) is not included in the tour price.
Reviewer: Rimma Barko
Excellent trip, the guide was very informative, attentively kind and funny. This made our trip the best!
Reviewer: Eleanor White
Sintra is one of most unique villages anywhere. The tour of Pena Castle was coordinated nicely by our guide who knew the history and how to show it. There were hoards of tourists but he managed our group effectively. His English was excellent and the whole day a very pleasant experience.
The tour started off with us not being able to find the van. The driver/guide showed up late, and was driving a sedan instead of a van. This affected our comfort as there were 4 people plus the driver, and also reduced our visibility of the sights we drove by, compared to what we could have seen in a a van. The guide tried to make this up to us by paying for the admission to the Sintra Palace. The Palace was the best part of the tour. It was huge, colorful, and had great views of the countryside. The rest of the tour was spent driving by scenic areas, with stops to buy pastries and later on ice cream, both at our cost contrary to what the tour description said, at least about the pastries. We were also supposed to go to or drive by the Moorish Castle in Sintra, but the only time one of us saw it was from a distance at the Palace, and then only for a few seconds before it was hidden by fog. The guide was easy to understand (hardly any accent), and he was very knowledgeable.