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Estoril, Cascais, Sintra, Pena - half day
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We leave Lisbon passing by the scenic harbour and the estuary of the river and its seashore.
The Estoril coast, incorporating holiday hotspots offers great beaches and a choice of historic sights.
Cosmopolitan seaside town of Carcavelos is popular for its long stretch of sandy beach and its XVII
century fortress - the biggest in Tagus river.

Other beaches on Estoril's include Parede. Waters here are rich in iodine and have therapeutic qualities.
Around Sao Pedro, Sao Joao and Santo Antonio do Estoril the beach scene gets more cliff like, but there
are small beach bays with aristocratic palaces, manor houses and deluxe villas, a safe haven of exiled
kings and politicians.

The cosmopolitan casino town of Estoril boats pretty Tamariz beach which is good for bathing and the
biggest casino in Europe, its gardens, cafes and esplanade.
Cascais fishing port swiftly expanded to an elegant, cosmopolitan, coastal resort. Once stop of navigators
like Columbus and Vasco da Gama. From the harbor there’s a nice view of Estoril bay and one can watch
the typical fishing boats unloading the catch, a flash marina and a castle.

Drive across the luxuriant Sintra Mountain and its gardens - "The Glorious Eden" - by twisted roads
bordered by several plants, its mystical hills dotted with fairytale palaces and extravagant villas that have
bewitched visitors for centuries.
Sintra Estoril tour

Sintra’s historical town centre is a listed UNESCO world heritage site. It is made up of a charming maze of steep, narrow streets lined
with fine examples of old palatial homes hiding behind lichen-covered walls, while local pastry shops provide the famous Sintra
‘queijadas’ (cheese pastries), ‘travesseiros’ (egg and almond pastries) and local wine. The town is also full of shops that carry many of
the local crafts like pottery, ceramics and lace.

Go up to one of the highest peaks of the mountain through a narrow and crooked road crossing Sintra forest, passing by the mysterious
Moorish castle. Fairy tale Pena palace and its surrounding park are billed as "a consummate specimen of Portuguese romantic
architecture", with a profusion of eclectic styles, 500 meters above sea level, on a rocky promontory that looks purpose-built for a castle.
The delightful Parque da Pena offers walking paths, fountains, lakes, follies, belvederes, exotic trees and other specimens. From the palace,
one has a spectacular outlook onto the mountain and its surroundings.
On the way back to Lisbon, we pass by the XVIII century Queluz palace, reminiscent of Versailles.
 
Sintra tours
 
... Described by Lord Byron as “Glorious Eden,” Sintra’s charms have long been celebrated.
Once the summer residence of the kings and Moorish lords, today Sintra is a romantic
getaway for people from all around the world. Inhabited since the pre-history period and
by Celts and the Romans who called this area “The Mountain of the Moon”. In the 8th to
9th century, Muslims built a castle here. During Medieval times, the Portuguese royal family,
overflowing with the pomp and riches from their colonial triumphs abroad, first came here to
escape the heat (and stench) of the summer in Lisbon.  Beginning in the 14th century, the
Portuguese aristocrats followed the royals to Sintra, a dwelling place for hunting and relaxing.
Stormy and mysterious, the mountain is covered by more than 1000 different species of
plants. Several artists from different countries came here to work, inspired in the beauty of
this place, extolling its beauty: “The Garden of Paradise”, “Garden of Europe”, “Glorious
Eden”…
 
 
...One of the most beautiful parts of the Estoril Coast is a succession of hills dotted with pine trees and
houses, sweeping down to the sea and the local villages with their typical houses and the old palatial
villas along the sea front. Villas from the Roman period have been excavated and inscriptions found of
family names, names of the Gods they worshipped and names chosen for their sons. Cascais became a
lookout for Lisbon in the great maritime era of discovering new worlds. It was the first place the navigators
saw when they returned from long and adventurous voyages seeking their homeland. It was in Cascais
during the latter part of the XIX century, that the Royal Family first began to bathe. It was a custom which
was becoming popular in Europe and Cascais was an ideal place owing to its mild climate. Over the years,
many important families have made Cascais into acosmopolitan town...
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