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A full day private tour that will provide you an unforgettable experience in the centre of Portugal’s heart.
Lisbon is undoubtedly a city with high-class tourist points that catch your breath and leave you craving for more.
Ranging from the beautiful splendor that oozes from the Tower of Belém to the Jerónimos Monastery, you cannot help but to steal a sight and extract information as much as your heart can bear.
Lisbon has also a feel of comfort and tradition to it, which are present in its famous neighbourhoods as Alfama and Castelo. While you’re there don’t miss the chance to get a taste of Portugal’s savory cuisine. Try the famous pastéis de nata – a small tart of flaky dough filled with smooth custard- and have a meal at an acclaimed restaurant.
Your address in Lisbon district, Hotel, Cruise Ship , Airport.
5:00 in the afternoon.
This full-day tour will show you a big chunk of Portugal’s magnificent shoreline. You’ll visit three stunning locations near Lisbon: Sintra, Cascais and Estoril.
The charming Sintra village is located on top of Sintra’s mountains, Serra de Sintra, which contributes a great deal to its mystique. There you’ll find some stunning buildings. You can either visit the Pena National Palace or the Regaleira Villa. By crossing Sintra’s mountains you’ll come to Cape of Roca, the westernmost point in Continental Europe which comes with a fantastic sight of Sintra.
Further down the coastline, we’ll arrive in Cascais, a charming site famous for its luxurious mansions and sunny beaches. Here you can find Mouth of Hell, a place which gets its name from the big rock formations and the clarion of the waves when hitting the stone. We’ll wander through Cascais Bay’s village centre and then get to Estoril, another iconic site in Lisbon’s surroundings, which together with Cascais is one of the most luxurious places in Portugal to visit.
To top it off you can have lunch at a seafood restaurant – a must-have when you’re in the region- or any other recommended restaurant of your choice. If you don’t feel like stopping for lunch, then you’ll continue the tour, which will end an hour earlier around 4.pm.
Finally, we’ll drive back to Lisbon through the amazing coastline. Just buckle up and enjoy this precious view.
Sintra is something taken from a dream and put into cinema, only it’s real life, not just fantasy. Its idyllic aura comes mostly from the fact that it’s located on top of Sintra’s mountains, Serra de Sintra. There you’ll find some majestic buildings. You can either visit the Pena National Palace, which stands on a steep rock and is surrounded by a dense Park, Pena’s Park or the Regaleira Villa, one of Serra de Sintra’s most astonishing monuments. As you can see it’s all grand, both the construction work and the nature that surrounds it.
In 1838 King Fernando II bought the old Monastery of Jerónimos de Nossa Senhora da Pena that had been built on top of the Sintra mountains in 1511 by King Manuel I. King Fernando II had repair works done in all of the monastery, which gave the Palace its grand looks you see today. Built on top of a steep rock and surrounded by a dense forest of more than 500 exotic species from all around the globe, the Pena Palace has a privileged view of the green landscape and sea. Moreover, the museum’s collection contains numerous artefacts of Portugal History. Get an inside look of what the Kings and Queens’ golden age looked like!
Your other option is the Regaleira Villa. This is also a majestic building amidst the great nature of the Sintra mountains. The Villa was built between 1904 and 1910 during monarchy’s final years. Millionaire António Monteiro “Milhões” got his nickname because of his big fortune which allowed him to achieve this venture. Italian architect Luigi Manini helped him bring his idea to life and create a microcosmos inside Serra de Sintra. The Regaleira mysterious aura helps to bolster Sintra’s mystique. Take a stroll in the lavish gardens and walk down the famous spiral staircase, the so-called Initiation Well.
On your way to Cascais you can’t miss the Cape of Roca -Cabo da Roca- the westernmost point of continental Europe. Here you have a broad view of the Sintra’s Mountains you’ve just visited and the wonderful coast. Historical records point the existence of a forte in the Cape during the 17th century, which played a crucial role on the watch of Lisbon’s entrance mainly during the Peninsular Wars.
Currently there are only traces from this period, as well as the beacon that still guides sailors towards the shore. In addition to its historical importance, the Cape is an astonishing element of nature with its rugged coastline and fantastic pops of colour.
The tour continues as we leave Sintra and enter another village, Cascais. Here we’ll make another stop to see Boca do Inferno, which can be loosely translated as Mouth of Hell. This name was given due to its morphology and the tremendous impact of the waves when they hit the rocks.
It’s one of the most emblematic viewpoints in Cascais and you’ll understand why when you get there and see the magnificence of the whole place.
We recommend to try fish or seafood from this area in any restaurant majority of restaurants have their own fish tanks from which guests can pick the fish they want.
The location offers lovely views of the sea from covered or open terrace facilities.
Cascais and Estoril are located on the northern coast of Lisbon and are well known as two of Portugal’s most cosmopolitan villages. This has happened ever since King Luís I, at the end of the 19th century, chose the bay to be his home during summer.
Its mild climate and an estimated number of 260 days without rain during the whole year could be the reason why the royal family picked this place. Other rich families have also built here their mansions ever since.
Estoril’s reputation as a seaside resort comes a long way. Its most cosmopolitan beach, Praia do Tamariz, is located a short walking distance from Cascais and has a fantastic restaurant by the beach that turns into a disco on hot summer nights.
The Casino is also a must see. It’s one of the oldest casinos in Europe and is said to have been an inspiration to Ian Fleming, when he wrote one of his James Bond books, Casino Royale, in 1953.
At the end of the tour we’ll head back to Lisbon driving through the Coastline. It’s only a short 30 minute drive, but it’ll give you plenty of time to enjoy the magnificent view of the coastline. One of the most engaging things in this tour is the car ride, because you get to admire the amazing landscape. Thus, the ride back home will be the icing on the cake.
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