Sintra Cascais and Estoril Tour, Sintra the village that continues to fall in love people from all the world, with its majestic Palaces, in an unmistakable “green” created by its micro-climate, a perfect day with a visit to Sintra, but also Cascais and Estoril, not forgetting Cabo da Roca the most western most part of the European Continent.
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The Sintra micro climate, with its proximity to the sea and the Tagus estuary, makes the fertility of the surrounding lands, and had favored the human presence in this region since times very far back.
A hollow mountain with galleries that descend through the interior of the mountain to the ” Palaçio Nacional” a “modern” architecture but enigmatic, like the Pena Palace in the mountain range, constructed between centuries XIV – XV.
Sintra Cascais and Estoril Tour
Cascais was once an elegant summer retreat of the Portuguese monarchy during the 19th century, a haven for European royalty during World War II, since Portugal was neutral.
Over time, the city has become a refined culture center and an enviable quality of life, especially in the upper middle class, in “Rua Direita”, the city main axis of commerce, we can find international stores and street vendors.
Sintra Cascais and Estoril Tour
Another curiosity, Guincho beach about 8 km from the center, bathed by the Atlantic Ocean an excellent beach for surfing, kitesurfing and windsurfing, which became famous in one of the James Bond films “At His Majesty’s Service”.
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Our Sintra Cascais and Estoril Tour, starts in the Queluz Palace where the Portuguese Royal family lived between the 1755 earthquake and the “escape” to Brazil is one of the most beautiful and visited palaces of the artistic and cultural patrimony of our country and an excellent example of the monumental architecture of the 16th century.
The Rococo style is distinguished by its uneven gardens between the gardens and the park is disguised by the sequence of terraces and gallery with pairs of Tuscan columns, topped by a monumental staircase.
With a strong decoration in statuary clearly inspired by classical and allegorical mythology, connoted the geometric beauty of boxwood hedges and the polychromatic tiles with the stone and bronze of the many statues.
The enchanted village of… Sintra a small village but with a great concentration of historical monuments and interesting tourist attractions, in Sintra there are more than 10 national monuments, including opulent palaces, ancient ruins and decorative palatial houses dispersed by the hills of the region,challenging walking paths.
Knowing its historical center, especially Piriquita, ( one of the attractions in Sintra ), with typical sweets that make us dream, especially on the cooler days typical of the microclimate of Sintra
As we mentioned in the last paragraph, Sintra is very rich in Palaces, the choice of the palace or palaces to visit is exclusively yours, the guide will give you information about all of them and together you will decide the most suitable one ( s) for you, in a wide choice from the Romantic Pena Palace, to the Morrish Castle, the Masonic Regaleira, or why not to the Portuguese Versailles the choice is exclusive yours ( entrances not include ).
Cabo de Roca is the most western point in Europe, where the Earth ends and the sea begins as Luís de Camões wrote (in Os Lusíadas, Canto VIII), the Lighthouse, 165 meters high and dated 1772, here we understand the immensity of the Atlantic Ocean revealing to us one of the most emblematic places of Portugal.
The “Mouth of Hell” name attributed to this place is due to the morphological analogy and to the tremendous and frightening impact of the waves there, the characteristic that makes up the rock in the cliff is of a carbonated nature.
The erosion exerted by the action of rainwater which, containing dissolved carbon dioxide, causes the carbonate to dissolve.
Through this process cavities and caves are formed inside the limestones, with a downfall of the upper layers the cave has been destroyed, leaving a large cavity in the open, this place with unique characteristics, is a place of leisure, where you can enjoy a divine landscape and magnificent sunsets, being only overshadowed by not infrequent suicides committed on its dangerous and unprotected cliff.
Time now to explore Cascais with a wide beach and very picturesque streets make the town a place very visited by tourists, a mixture of fishing village with a luxury resorth with many restaurants serving fresh fish.
Between the bay and the Sintra mountain range, Cascais was in the 19th century, the place chosen by the royal family for vacations that ended up dragging the nobility, in Largo de Camoes, in the historic center, are plenty of shops and restaurants.
The Estoril Promenade is the place chosen for long walks, always by the sea, fromh the center of Cascais you will see the old Rua Direita, today called Rua Frederico Arouca, with several shops and street stalls.
The return to Lisbon of our Sintra cascais and Estoril Tour will be along the coast with a panoramic of Estoril, famous for its Casino ( largest gambling room in Europe ) and by the fact of of Mr. Yan Fleming wrote the first 007 nobel “Casino Royale” during the 2nd world war here will get back to Lisbon along road “Marginal” enjoying breathtaking ocean scenery.
I took the tour of Obidos, Sintra, Cascais and Estoril on May 1st, my wife and I, and it was exactly as they promised: Very good car, attentive professionals, flexibility in schedules and itinerary. Congratulations Hugo, Joao and the thoughtful Alexandre!