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Sintra and Cascais: what to do and visit in these charming villages

The villages of Sintra and Cascais are famous for their unique and stunning beauty. Located just 30 minutes from Lisbon, they are a must visit for anyone on holiday in Lisbon. Discover what to do and visit in these two charming villages.

1 day to fall in love with Sintra

Sintra is a magical village, ideal for nature lovers, full of palaces and mystical places that make you dream. Here, there is no lack of natural and architectural beauties.

Start your day walking through the town's historic center with its colorful streets and take the opportunity to taste some of the regional delicacies, such as the famous "travesseiros” or "queijadas”. Travel back in time by visiting the magnificent Quinta da Regaleira and its caves, lush gardens, and mysterious corners. Take a break for lunch and enjoy a delicious meal at the Palace of Seteais restaurant, with a magnificent view over the mountains.

In the afternoon, it's time to explore the top of the Sintra Mountain to visit the magnificent National Palace of Pena and its park, the greatest exponents of Romanticism in Portugal, located very close to the clouds and with breathtaking views.

Important places nearby:

  • National Palace of Sintra
  • Casa Piriquita (pastry shop)
  • Quinta da Regaleira
  • Palace of Seteais
  • National Palace of Pena
  • The Moorish Castle
  • Chalet and Garden of the Countess of Edla

1 day to discover Cascais

Located by the sea, Cascais is a village full of glamour and beauty, known for its beaches, palaces, historical fortresses, gastronomy and much more!

Lose yourself in the colorful streets of the historic center, discover the town's most emblematic museums and palaces, walk along the seaside, and visit the impressive rock formation "Boca do Inferno” (Hell´s Mouth), where you can observe the splendid strength of the sea. Taste the best flavors of Cascais at the "Mar do Inferno” restaurant, while enjoying a privileged view over the sea and a breathtaking sunset.

Important places nearby:

  • Santa Marta Lighthouse Museum
  • Condes de Castro Guimarães Museum
  • Casa das Histórias Paula Rego (Paula Rego House of Stories)
  • "Mar do Inferno” restaurant
  • Ribeira dos Mochos Urban Park
  • Marechal Carmona Park

These are our suggestions to spend 2 unforgettable days visiting the wonderful villages of Sintra and Cascais, but there is much more to discover. If you have more time, take the opportunity to visit the enigmatic beaches of Sintra.

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