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Sintra & Cascais
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Arrive Sintra & Cascais in an amazing TESLA with a local driver for a 8-hour journey! Be admired by magical places such as the mythical Pena Palace or the picturesque village of Cascais.
Live Electric Tours presents you with the most private tour departing from the city of Lisbon. Just book your tour, choose where you want us to pick you up, and relax on a memorable journey on board of an amazing Tesla.
We have different options for you to choose. Go to the religious and mystic town of Fatima, visit the vineyards and cellars in Evora, taste the delicious cuttlefish of Setubal, get lost in the beautiful beaches of Arrabida, discover magical forests and castles in Sintra or watch the biggest waves in the World in Nazeré.
Today, this tour will take you to Sintra and Cascais.
To begin this private and luxurious journey to Sintra and Cascais, we will start by visiting the 18th century National Palace of Queluz with its beautiful gardens.
Next stop is the village of Sintra. Here you can enjoy a magical atmosphere where you can walk around the historical center and discover the Palace of the Village. You are going to have time at the village to taste the famous pastries: Queijadas of Sintra and Travesseiros.
Climbing among the mystical forests of Sintra, you will find at the top of the hill the Pena Palace of the 19th century, very well decorated with the best pieces of decoration that the royal family left there. Later your tour guide will drive through the Natural Park of Sintra to Cabo da Roca, the westernmost site of Continental Europe.
On your drive back to Lisbon, we will take the coastal road passing by the Guincho beach, Cascais and Estoril.
In this 8-hour tour from Lisbon to Sintra & Cascais, your independence and autonomy are guaranteed. Do you wish to change your route and take an alternative road? Don’t worry, your tour is customizable! Just let our driver know, and he will take you any place you want!
All of this on board of a fantastic TESLA. 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).
Explore Sintra & Cascais in the most luxurious and private way
- Private Driver and a Luxury Tesla Vehicle (Model 3 / Model S or Model X)
- Pick-up and Drop-off at your hotel or apartment, airport or cruise terminal or other meeting point in Lisbon.
- Free Wi-Fi
- Bottled Water
- We present you with a suggested itinerary, however you can adjust this tour according to your interests and expectations.
- Civil Liability, Personal Accidents and Car Insurance
- Personal Expenses
- Entrance Tickets to Monuments / Museums
NATIONAL PALACE OF QUELUZ
Queluz, located between Lisbon and Sintra, would be just another unremarkable suburb if it wasn't for one major attraction that's one of Portugal's most beautiful monuments - a rococo palace, inspired by Versailles, built in 1747 with lavish formal gardens. It was the official residence of the royal family in the late 1700s, and is still used today for grand official functions and concerts thanks to the superb acoustics of the Music Room.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Sintra is the perfect place to pretend to be royalty amid the many palaces and castles, so a night at the Seteias Palace may allow you to briefly live the dream! This five-star luxury hotel was built in the 18th century and oozes elegance in every room and corner. From the fine dining restaurant to the elaborately decorated suites, a night at the Setaias Palace would be hard to forget.
SINTRA NATIONAL PALACE
You’ll know this palace right away for its pair of white conical towers above a mishmash of halls and annexes.
The Palace of Sintra is the oldest palace in the town, and no royal medieval residence is in a better state of preservation in Portugal.
Royalty lived here on and off from the 1400s to the 1700s, and each successive occupant added a bit of their own personality.
One, King Manuel I was responsible for a lot of the interior decoration, cladding the walls with eye-catching Seville azulejos.
These are in the Mudéjar style (Moorish revival) and have geometric, carpet-like patterns.
Another of his works was the magnificent Sala dos Brasões (Coats of Arms Hall), where the coffered ceiling sports the 72 coats of arms of the Portuguese royalty and nobility.
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.
For a change of pace from palaces and mountains there’s an aviation museum for Portugal’s Air Force at Sintra Air Base.
The museum is coming up for its 50th birthday, and in 2010 the fleet of aircraft was moved from Alverca to this massive hangar.
You can run the rule over a big fleet of planes, helicopters, propellers, navigation equipment, instrument panels and tons of other paraphernalia.
The exhibition begins with a timeline of early aviation experiments in Renaissance times, advancing through primitive biplanes like Tiger Moths to Second World War aircraft like spitfires and then into the jet age.
A highlight is the Douglas C-47A Dakota, which you can board, but only accompanied by Força Aérea personnel.
It’s a sign of the high standard of the beaches in Sintra that the second best beach in the town is still held as one of the best in all of Portugal.
Europe’s westernmost point is found between Sintra and Cascais, and is topped by a lighthouse from 1772 and an inscription by poet Luis de Camões noting that "Here, land ends and the sea begins." It's one of Portugal's most emblematic sites, a country always looking out to sea.
To prove that you've stood on the edge of Europe, the tourism office on the site sells you a certificate as a souvenir.
Nearby is Praia da Ursa, one of Portugal’s most beautiful beaches with impressive rock formations, but difficult to reach, as you must go down a steep cliff (10 minutes to go down and 20 to go back up). Once by the sea you're almost all by yourself, as there is no lifeguard or facilities, but it is a popular spot for naturists.
For beach lounging, a dip in the cooling Atlantic waters, a rich seafood meal, or simply a stroll by the sea, Lisbon heads to Cascais. This former enclave of exiled European monarchs in the mid-20th century remains an elegant town of large mansions, cobblestone streets, and a Mediterranean feel by the Atlantic. It's also a mecca for surfers and windsurfers, especially Guincho Beach, which has hosted the World Surfing Championships. There are also cultural attractions, making it a year-round destination.
A short walk by the sea takes you to Estoril, with beaches and beachside cafés along the way. In the center of town, especially on Rua Frederico Arouca, Avenida Valbom, and Alameda dos Combatentes da Grande Guerra are shops, cafés and restaurants.
The center of Lisbon is just over a half hour away by train, while Sintra is around a half hour by bus.
It's hidden between rocks and cliffs, but this small and beautiful beach is the most central in Cascais. It's right by the main pedestrian streets, next to the Albatroz Hotel and just a short walk from the train station.
The name ("Queen's Beach") is due to Queen Amelia, who used to swim in its calm and clear waters.
The small square Largo da Praia da Rainha overlooks the beach, and is essentially a terrace offering outdoor eating and drinking with a view of the sea.
Often called "the coast of the sun" or "the Portuguese Riviera," Estoril (and neighboring Cascais) is where the rich, famous, and even royal Europeans escaped to during WWII, as Portugal remained a safe, neutral country. Grand hotels and Europe's biggest casino were built to welcome them, and that's where Ian Fleming got the idea for the James Bond character. Although the special agent's birthplace is no longer as glitzy and glamourous, it remains a cosmopolitan town. There are aristocratic mansions, world-class golf, a Grand Prix track, and, of course, the beach, attracting locals and tourists throughout much of the year.
This is one of the most popular beaches on the Lisbon coast, at both day and night. People from Lisbon, from the suburbs and from around the world come here for the sun and to relax at the bars, which stay open until late.
Its location immediately in front of the casino may have made it popular, but what has also made it famous is its castle, whose image illustrates most postcards of the region. That castle is a private property, but was once a fort (the Fort of the Cross) when it was built in the 1600s. It's said to belong to the royal family of Monaco, and is not open to visitors, although you may rent it for special events.
Carcavelos is located halfway between Lisbon and Cascais, and its beach is one of the biggest on the Lisbon coast. Its strong waves attract surfers and bodyboarders, and its over 1km of sand is quite popular among volleyball and beach soccer players.
It’s also a beach known for being where many get together on New Year’s Day for the first dive of the year, and there are several restaurants and bars with outdoor seating.
On the eastern end is the fort of São Julião da Barra, built in 1553 to control the entrance to the port of Lisbon. Today it’s the official residence of Portugal’s Minister of Defense.
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