Cape Roca

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From40€ - 6h per person

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Have the full experience of Sintra exploring all the corners of the magical Old Town, and the westernmost point of Continental Europe, Cabo da Roca, on a 6-hour self-guided tour.

ACTIVITY HIGHLIGHTS

  • 6 Hours to discover Sintra, driving a 100% electric vehicle
  • Lose yourself in magical gardens and head to Europe's westernmost point
  • Be independent and customize your Tour - Go wherever you want
  • GPS Audio guide in multiple languages
Tour Description

cape roca

A complete route that adds Cabo da Roca (the westernmost point of the whole European continent). This route, in addition to bringing together all the Routes, also allows a visit to the Convento dos Capuchos and the Chalet of Condessa D´Edla. 

A route that highlights natural forces, recalling Sintra as the “Capital of Romanticism”, from its romantic legends, passing through the most varied landscapes and palaces of Sintra, to the poets who passed through Sintra and were inspired by it. UNFORGETTABLE!!!

All this while having fun listening to our talking cart in Portuguese, English, Spanish, French, Italian, German or Dutch.

This tour is a partnership between Live Electric Tours and LAS Tours

 

autonomy, privacy and customization

In this 6-hour self-drive city tour in Sintra, your independence and privacy are guaranteed. Do you wish to change your route and take an alternative road? Don’t worry, your tour is customizable! Go wherever you want! Just you and yours, no one else to disturb!

Sustainability

All of this on board of the fantastic Renault Twizy, a little and funny 100% electric car made for 2. With this totally sustainable and eco-friendly vehicle we have managed to save tons of CO2 emissions to the atmosphere, making the city and our world cleaner places. That is why we were considered the best “Sustainable Tourism” StartUp in the world in 2020, for the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

Safety (covid-19)

For your safety, and in accordance with DGS and WHO standards, we have implemented extraordinary measures to protect you from the Covid-19 pandemic. We adopted all published and approved standards so that you can enjoy your tour in a completely protected way. Our cars are disinfected at the beginning and end of each tour. This procedure is performed by our team, which complies with all the rules established for this purpose. We remind you that all of our tours are completely private, so you will not have contact with other people, except the friend/relative which is with you at the car. Interactions with our team will be reduced to a minimum, occurring only at the beginning and end of each tour, with all the security measures adopted.

Meeting point

Join us for this incredible adventure in the city of Sintra. Be at the scheduled date and time at Rua Dr. Alfredo da Costa 62, 2710-523, where the fun little Renault Twizy will be waiting for you for an unforgettable journey.

What’s Included
  • Rental of a Renault TWIZY (capacity: 2 people)
  • Civil Liability, Personal Accidents and Car Insurance
  • Tour with GPS Audio Guide in 7 languages
  • Vehicle briefing before start
  • Assistence provided if needed (in case of necessity press the SOS botton)
  • Wifi available
  • Free parking
What’s Not Included
  • Monuments entries
Points of interest

TOWN HALL

After the inauguration of the Lisbon-Sintra railroad in 1889, Sintra underwent important changes in its urban fabric. However, the impossibility of Vila itself gaining more ground in the Serra, happily led to the building of a new neighborhood, relatively remote and named Estefânia, in honor of Queen D. Estefânia, wife of D. Pedro V. There was, therefore, the displacement of the economic and social center, which also forced the transfer of the main administrative entities that remained installed in an 18th century building, close to Paço Real. For the construction of the new Town Hall, an accessible place was chosen, both for the so-called Vila Velha and for the Estefânia town. For this reason, the modern Paços do Concelho were built between both neighborhoods, in the place where, until then, the old chapel of São Sebastião stood. The construction of the new building in the Paços do Concelho, started in 1906, according to a project by Adães Bermudes, was completed in 1909. The building has austere facades, with soberly decorated neo-Manueline windows. On the main elevation, due to its magnificence, it stands out a tower topped by battlements, and by a pyramidal roof covered with tiles, which alternately represent the Cross of Christ and the National Shield. At the top, the armillary sphere appears majestically. Four other smaller ones flank this curious roof, crowning "sentry boxes" that form its corners. On this same elevation, a balcony stands out, full of Manueline-style arches and topped by a pediment on which the municipal weapons are inscribed. Inside there is a magnificent cloister, whose balconies on the upper floor have a rich neo-Manueline and Renaissance ornamentation.

 

VIGIA VIEWPOINT

The Miradouro da Vigia is located just 2 km from the historic center, in São Pedro de Sintra, and comprises a magnificent view, comparable only to a painting of the most beautiful postcards. It is possible to observe three hills, each with a stunning construction: the Pena National Palace, the Moorish Castle and the São Gregório Castle, a revivalist palace.

 

SABUGA FOUNTAIN

The current fountain was built in the 18th century, but the waters of Sabuga are already drunk and spoken, at least, since the century. XII, when the Crusader Osberno said that they ceased to cough. In the century. XVIII the fountain was redone, twice, once due to the damage caused by the earthquake of 1755. It has alternating spiers with pediments of Baroque taste, having, in the center, the weapons of the municipality surrounded by a thin border. Until 2005, the 3 walls of the fountain were covered with tile panels from the 19th century. XX, taken from the recent reform that proposed a more romantic view of the fountain. Today, it is impossible not to notice the contrast of its colours - blue and yellow.

 

SINTRA HISTORICAL CENTER

Sintra looks like a fairy tale, an ethereal or enchanted forest that has bewitched poets throughout time. It's where Lisbon cools off, thanks to a Twilight Zone-like microclimate that also attracted nobility to build palaces over the centuries. The result was Europe's first center of Romantic architecture, and it has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO (the first "cultural landscape" in Europe to be listed).
It's where the Celts worshiped the moon, the Moors built their "great wall," and royalty erected their dream palaces. The most spectacular of all is Pena Palace, looking like a Disney extravagance but an actual royal residence from the 1800s. Other almost surreal constructions include Quinta da Regaleira, the Capuchos Convent and Monserrate Palace, plus fountains and waterfalls further adding to the mystical atmosphere whose spell no one is able to resist.
Just outside the center of town is Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of the European continent.

 

"PIRIQUITA" - DELICACIES HOUSE

Just as you cannot visit Belém without stopping at the Pasteis de Belém, you shouldn’t leave Sintra without trying a few sweets at the Casa Piriquita pastry shop. Look out for the travesseiro – a sticky, flaky and sweet rectangular cake filled with egg cream and flavored with almonds. This 155-year-old shop is also known for its queijadas. Stemming from the word queijo, which means cheese, queijadas are round cakes filled with cheese, sugar, eggs and cinnamon, surrounded by a delicious flour crust. Try to grab a seat inside to enjoy these Sintra-favorites with a coffee, or take your cakes to go.

 

PISÕES FOUNTAIN

The current Fonte dos Pisão was erected by the Sintra Tourism Initiative Commission, in 1931, and replaced the previous tank, with a chronology that dates back, at least, to the five hundred era, with the documentary memory of having already carried out improvement works there. in 1651, during the visit of D. Luísa de Gusmão to Sintra: «Sources - Item With the officers And workers q They will repair the fountain (...) of the floors And clean it». The existing fountain was designed by Mestre José da Fonseca and develops from a semi-circular structure, which is accessed through a low staircase. The backrest, flanked by bench seats, is profusely decorated with colorful geometric motifs carved into the mortar itself. In the center, there is a large circle framed by the rectilinear elevation of the frontal, patenting tile panels, signed by F.CA Ceramica Constancia - Lisbon, with polychrome and round ornamentation. There, in that circumference, there is the front itself, of Renaissance inspiration, inscribed in a ceramic ensemble, combining smooth backgrounds and floral friezes, from which a bas-relief emerges, in which, among the foliage, putti liven up, seated at an elevation. , drinking water or carrying small jugs and, in the center, another one, standing, holds a banner that reads: SALVE. It is, therefore, a compliment to the water, the salubrrima water of Sintra. Just below this lively sculptural composition, the “mount” that supports the putti is transmuted into the upper part of the spout through which it flows, abundantly, the cool and crystalline liquid that falls into a rectangular bowl that, in turn, releases the water to the well-tucked creeping tank for animals. According to Father Sebastião Nunes Borges, in the respective Parish Memory of April 22, 1758, the Fonte dos Pisão was located at the exit of the road from Sintra to Colares and had a greater current in winter, watering the top orchards with water, being enjoyed by the majority of the villagers.

 

REGALEIRA ESTATE

This enigmatic neo-Manueline monument is a magical place of fantastical gardens, grottoes, lakes, and a well with a monumental staircase spiraling down 30 meters.
It’s a fantasy turned into the residence of millionaire António Augusto Carvalho Monteiro (the top coffee importer of the time) in 1892, blending a variety of architectural styles in unexpected harmony.
Both the palace and the four acres of the romantic garden are filled with esoteric symbols, statues of mythological figures and a maze of grottoes, creating a fun experience that attracts an increasing number of visitors of all ages.

 

PARK AND PALACE OF MONSERRATE

Monserrate is deep in the mountain range, slightly removed from Sintra’s other palaces, and so isn’t quite as crowded.

But that doesn’t mean you can pass it by, because both the Moorish Revival palace and grounds are glorious.

It was all landscaped in the mid-19th century for Sir Francis Cook, an English aristocrat who was given the title Viscount of Monserrate by King Luís I. The parkland has bamboo plantations, grottoes, man-made waterfalls, ponds, exotic cedars and Oceanic tree ferns.

And as for the residence, the Islamic influence is undeniable, in the latticework in its arches, the arabesque stucco patterns on the stairway and the ceiling of the radiant music room, which hosts concerts to this day.

 

COLARES VILLAGE

Colares, the former county seat, is a village whose history is lost in the confines of time. Rising through the splendor of the green of the Serra de Sintra, it contemplates the whole fertile valley with its name, against the backdrop of the immense ocean, invaded by Cabo da Roca, where the land ends and the sea begins.

In this way, it becomes possible to make an attractive itinerary in the historic center of the village, where we can admire its historical and heritage richness, characterized by the beautiful churches, the mansions of the old farms and the typical chalets of the late 19th century, which appear to us through the rustic houses; know the places inhabited by imminent figures of our culture such as Carlos França, Viana da Mota or Veloso Salgado; talk about some illustrious collarenses like D. Dinis de Melo e Castro, D. Jerónimo Contador de Argote or José Inácio da Costa and also remember literary descriptions of writers and poets, who were fascinated by these lands, like Eça de Queirós, Camilo Castelo Branco, Alexandre Herculano or William Beckford, among many others.

This tour ends in the beautiful Várzea de Colares, crossed by the river of the apples, which flows into the beautiful beach of the apples, next to the line of the old tram, now reactivated, and the Adega Regional which is the landmark of the much appreciated ramisco wine, the first that Portugal exported around the world.  

These are some of the good reasons that invite you to discover Colares.

 

CAPE ROCA

The most westerly point in Europe is between Sintra and Cascais, and is marked by a lighthouse from 1772 and a pattern with the words of the poet Luís de Camões reminding that here "the land ends and the sea begins". It is one of the most emblematic places in Portugal, a country always facing the sea.To prove its presence at the tip of Europe, the on-site tourist office sells certificates to visitors.Nearby you will find Praia da Ursa, one of the most beautiful in Portugal for its impressive rock masses, but difficult to access, as you have to go down a steep cliff (10 minutes for the descent, twice for the return). It is almost always deserted, as it is a beach without a guard or support facilities, but it is sought by naturists.

 

CONVENT OF THE CAPUCHOS

A short but very picturesque drive from Sintra will bring you to the remnants of a 16th-century monastery.

The Franciscan monks who lived in this brotherhood chose an extraordinarily austere life, contrasting with Sintra’s luxury.

They lived in tiny cells bored from the rock and adorned with cork, and survived on vegetables grown at the kitchen garden.

This is still visible below the main courtyard, the Pátio do Tanque where there’s a pretty octagonal fountain.

You’ll be equipped with an audioguide to tour the cells, monastic buildings and chapel, which have been abandoned since the monasteries were dissolved in Portugal in 1834.

 

CHALET OF COUNTESS D'EDLA

The Chalet of Condessa d'Edla was built by King D. Fernando II and his second wife, Elise Hensler, Condessa d'Edla, between 1864 and 1869, following the model of the Alpine Chalets then in vogue in Europe.

It is a building with a strong scenic load characterized by the horizontal marking of the exterior plaster, painted to imitate a coating on wooden planks, and by the exhaustive use of cork as a decorative element, covering door and window frames, eaves, balconies and tree trunks. attached to the facades to support creepers.

The location of the Chalet is remarkable because, located at the opposite end of the park in relation to the palace, it maintains an important visual relationship that is accentuated by the proximity of a dramatic set of granite blocks, the Chalet Rocks, and by a valley that it is overrated.

From the balcony of the Chalet you could see the sea and, from the stones, the walls of the Castelo dos Mouros, cutting out the mountains and, in the background, the palace. The surrounding garden includes exotic botanical collections, viewpoints overlooking the palace, as well as the Chalet and Castle of the Moors, and botanical species from all over the world, such as the Australian and New Zealand tree ferns planted in the Valley.

 

LAKES VALLEY

The Vale dos Lagos do Parque is located at the northern top of the central area of ??Pena, between the slope of the Palace (to the east) and the slope that gives access to the Abegoaria, Feteira da Condessa and Chalet (to the west). It is still bordered to the north by the property wall - two gates are very close to it open - and to the south by the Jardim da Feteira da Rainha, where there is another lake, fed by the same waters (Lago dos Fetos).

 

CASTLE OF THE MOORS

Built by the Moors in the 9th century, this castle monitored the Lisbon coast and included secret passages and a large cistern, which were vital in case of siege. In medieval times, after the Christian reconquest in 1147, a church dedicated to St. Peter of Canaferrim was built within the castle’s walls, and its ruins now house artifacts collected in archaeological excavations, and present videos telling the castle’s history.
There’s a magnificent panoramic view over Sintra from the ramparts, looking out to Pena Palace and over the Sintra National Palace, Chalet Biester, Quinta da Regaleira, and all the other palaces up to the Atlantic coast. It’s possible to walk along the wall’s 450 meters and climb to the top of the five turrets.

 

PARK AND NATIONAL PALACE OF PENA

This fairytale palace is one of the world’s most spectacular and one of Europe's most eclectic constructions. It was built in 1840 over an old convent, which was incorporated into the new building (including a Manueline cloister decorated with tiles from 1520 and a 16th-century chapel with a marble and alabaster altarpiece). It’s a fantasy palace mixing neo-Gothic, neo-Manueline, neo-Moorish and neo-Renaissance features, creating one of the finest examples of European Romanticism. There are watchtowers of various shapes, one of the gateways is topped by the half-man half-fish Triton, and much of the interior (untouched since the last royals left in 1910) is decorated with oriental porcelain and European furniture. In the kitchen are displays of large cooking utensils used to prepare the royal banquets.

 

SAINT PETER FOUNTAIN

At the entrance to the square, where, on the second and fourth Sundays of each month, the ancient São Pedro fair takes place, there is a fountain devoted to the patron of this picturesque sintra neighborhood. The fountain, designed by architect Raul Lino, was, according to a plaque affixed to its interior, offered by the Parish Council to the City Council in 1928. With an erudite conception, the centralized building with a dome surmounted by the “keys to heaven”, crossed out by Lino, is very close to the Renaissance architectural canons. A colonnade centered by the access gap leads us to the interior of the building, which remains bordered by benches lined with tiles imitating the typical 17th century carpet. The faucet, surrounded by a radiant relief sun and surmounted by a ceramic panel similar to those already described, leaks into a small circular-shaped tank based on a column.

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Renting Conditions
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Maximum of 2 persons (including the driver) per car. The Renault Twizy is a two-seater car.
  • At the begginng of the tour is required a guarantee deposit of 100€ (to be refunded at the end of the tour)
  • ID/Passport and Valid driving license required
  • Children under 4 years old are not allowed for safety reasons
  • Youth (between 4 and 17) must be accompanied by an adult. A booster seat can be provided on request with no extra costs.
  • Final Price is per car
Cancellation policy
  • Free Cancellation up to 24h before your activity starts.
  • We guarantee Full Refund.
  • Possibility to reschedule the date and time of your city tour (subject to availability).

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