Visit two fascinating sites in Sintra on this day trip from Lisbon. First, see the Pena National Palace for a look at the opulent and romantic 'palacio' on a forested hill. Then continue further back in time to the 16th-century Convent of the Capuchos, an unforgettable place not often frequented by tourists. Entrance fees and lunch are your own expense, but round-trip hotel transport is included.
You’re picked up at your hotel for a morning departure to Sintra, a resort town located at the foot of namesake mountains not far from Lisbon. On arrival, your small group — limited to 15 — is accompanied by your guide to the Pena National Palace (Palacio Nacional da Pena), the most visited monument in Portugal. Entrance fees are your own expense if you opt for a tour of the 19th-century palace built in a lush hilltop forest overlooking the town.
Once you have a look around, continue on to Praia das Macãs where we will have time to purchase lunch at one of several seaside restaurants (own expense). After, visit Azenhas do Mar, a beautiful viewpoint nearby.
Your final stop is the Convent of the Capuchos, or Convent of the Holy Cross of the Sintra Mountains. If you’d like, explore the 16th-century complex with your guide (entrance fee at own expense) to learn more about the cramped quarters once belonging to reclusive friars.
After an introduction to these contrasting sites, you’re taken back to your hotel in Lisbon.