Sintra Lisbon Tour
Short Tour 5hrs
Long Tour with Pena Palace 8 hours
Join our Sintra Lisbon tour to discover Portugal’s most magical town!
Sintra is a beautiful and historic village sprawling around the lower end of a small mountain range. It is surrounded by woods and covered in palaces that have classified the area as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also easy and convenient to find, located less than an hour from Lisbon on a train.
Perhaps the most popular reason why our clients take the Sintra Lisbon tour is to see the many palaces and manor estates that have given the town its “fairytale” reputation, with the 19th-century Pena Palace easily being the most romantic of the bunch. Sitting at the top of one of the highest mountains, the Pena Palace offers some of the best views in Sintra, and the gardens and woods around the estate add to the beauty on-site. ( Pena Palace is only included with the 8 hr long tour)
Other estates that add to Sintra’s romantic reputation are the historically important Sintra National Palace. The Palace was built in the 14th century in the first phase and then in the 16th century as a second phase. This is the oldest National Palace in Portugal and also has some of the oldest tiles we can find in Portugal with Moorish tiles from the 16th century.
The mysterious Quinta da Regaleira is another well-visited landmark, perhaps as equally sought out as the Pena and Sintra Palaces. Built in the 20th century, the Gothic main house catches the eyes of passers by from the street but the real show-stoppers are the towers, wells, and tunnels. Numerous stories and legends have popped up around this estate, suggesting that it was once the secret meeting place for rituals.
Quinta da Regaleira was built in Neo -Manuelin Style. The Manuelin style was an architectural style from the reign of King Manuel in the 16th century. The best example of this Architecture is Jeronimos Monastery. In the late 19th century and early 20th ( during the Romantic Period in Portugal) there was architectural revival this is when is the Neo ( Neo Manuelin , Neo Gothic, etc). And this is when people will build their mansions in Sintra. Both Regaleira and Rossio Train station are built in Neo Manuelin Style.
Because our guide is a historian, we’ll connect the decoration of Quinta da Regaleira with the larger context of European history.
Downtown Sintra is full of charming cafés and restaurants, many of which offer outdoor terrace seating. Your guide will organise lunch in one of her favourite spots as part of the Sintra Lisbon tour.
There are many small sites to discover as you walk and your guide will point out all you need to see. This will be the end of the short Sintra tour and you have the remainder of the day at your own leisure or use your tickets getting back to Lisbon on the train.
If you choose to do the long tour, your guide will organize a taxi to Pena Palace and take you on a guided tour of Pena Palace for the afternoon. This is a great way to discover this famous palace accompanied by an art historian guide and a small group walking tour.
Sintra Lisbon tour runs everyday and starts at 110 Euros.
Join our Sintra Lisbon tour to get acquainted with Portugal’s history in an efficient way organized professionally and led by a local guide.
You can choose to go private or join a small group of max 8 so the experience is always intimate.