Sintra / Cascais

SINTRA






Begining of the tour at about 08h30 - pick up at the hotel  


Sintra, the Moon Hill, is a place full of magic and mystery, where Nature and Man have combined in such a perfect symbiosis that UNESCO has granted it Word Heritage Site status.

What to see here:



Quinta da Regaleira 

Palace of the Millions," part of the Regaleira Estate. Built at the close of the 19th century in Gothic, Manueline and Renaissance styles, it sprouts turrets and towers. It is surrounded by a garden filled with mythological and esoteric symbols -- statues of gods, mysterious wells, ponds, and grottoes. The highlight is an almost supernatural tunnel staircase that symbolizes death leading into a "Garden of Eden," symbolizing "rebirth" or the entrance to Heaven. You are free to look around unguided, although the option of a guided tour is worth taking to get the full flavor of the place.






Moorish Castle 

From the town centre catch the tourist bus as it climbs the steep and narrow hills of the Serra de Sintra. The next stop is the restored ruin of the Moors castle. The castle was constructed by the Moors in the 9th century to protect the fertile lands of Sintra but was unable to defend against the Christian crusades. From the 12th century the importance of the castle waned and it became a ruin after fire and earthquake damage. King Fernando II (1816 –1885) was enchanted by the medieval period and set about restoring the castle as an enchanting ruin. The castle is set amidst dense pine forests and from the battlements there are spectacular views over Sintra.





Pena Palace 

Pena Palace and this is within walking distance of the Moors castle, so there is no need to wait for the tourist bus. The Pena Palace was designed by the artistic King Fernando II and the palace is an extravagant mixture of vivid colours and fine stone carvings. The interior has been retained to how it was when the monarchy fled Portugal in 1910 and is just as interesting as the exterior. The Pena Palace is the best of the three attractions visited in the day.



Monserrate Palace 


Monserrate Palace, Sintra (Palacio de Monserrate) is a beautiful 19th century stately home. This extravagantly decorated palace blends Portuguese, Arabian and Indian architectural styles and is one the most beautiful buildings in Sintra. The palace was commissioned by Francis Cook, an English textile baron, who used the estate as a summer retreat.



This English influence extends to the impressive lawn (the first laid in Portugal) that stretches away from the house down to the wonderful botanical gardens. The grounds of the Monserrate Palace hide specialist and exotic gardens with non-native plants from Cook’s personal collection. The Monserrate palace is the smallest of Sintra's three palaces but it is by far the most decorative and beautiful and will captivate visitors.




Azenhas do Mar 

Close to Sintra
Portugal find heaven on the sea shore.
Breathe. Relax. Feel...
Take a little time to look at the sea…
It is a wonderful viewpoint







Cabo da Roca 

 The cape is located within the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, 42 kilometres northwest of the urbanized area of Lisbon and 18 kilometres northwest of Sintra. A location (38°47′N 9°30′W) is inscribed on a stone plaque, located on a monument at the site.
The western coast is a mixture of sand beaches and rocky cliff promontories: around Cabo da Roca, cliffs are more than 100 metres in height, and cut into crystalline rocks, composed of strongly folded and faulted sedimentary units. These forms are disturbed by dikes and small beaches.[2] This promontory of "high" beaches is the extreme western immersion of the ancient eruptive Sintra massif, as evident from the rose-coloured granite in the north and syenite of the Ribeira do Louriçal in the south. In the vicinity of the Cape, there are geomorphological examples of gabbro-diorite, volcanic breccia, and granite.
Part of the granite formations show evidence of strong coastal erosion, while in other areas there are limestone deposits embedded in the granite.



Cascais 

Cascais, a formerly quaint fishing village that became (along with neighboring Estoril) a popular resort favored by European nobility and kings in the early 20th century. Today it is a colorful cosmopolitan town with elegant pedestrian streets, luxuriant villas, fashionable shops, restaurants and bars. 

Elements of its fishing village roots can still be felt at the lively fish auction that takes place every afternoon by the main beach and its brightly painted fishing boats, and the story of old Cascais is told by old photographs, paintings, and other items at the small "Museu do Mar" (Museum of the Sea).
  



End tour at about 18h00

150  Eur per person ( Exclusive, Private ) 

Minimum 2 persons 
No meals or museum entrances included 
Special prices for groups 
Example: for 30 persons : since 25 Eur per person