We will visit two of Sintra’s monuments as an example of Romanticism in Portugal, both exuberant in several ways. We’ll wander through its narrow streets, absorbing the picturesque village and enjoying a local leisurely lunch. Cascais and Estoril will be on our way back and you will enjoy the magnificent views from the Marginal.
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Our day will begin at the National Palace of Queluz and its historical gardens, one of the most remarkable examples of the harmonious link between landscape and palatial architecture in Portugal. They illustrate the evolution of the Court’s tastes in the 18th and 19th centuries, a period that was marked by the baroque, rococo and neoclassicism.
We will follow on to Sintra and while you’re walking the narrow streets of Sintra, you will realize why Sintra is regarded as one of the most magical destinations in Portugal. This is where kings and queens have fallen in love and where writers and poets, such as Lord Byron, have noted its beauty in their works.
In the afternoon, we’ll visit Quinta da Regaleira, one of the most surprising of all Sintra’s monuments. It dates from the early 20th century, at the end of the Portuguese monarchy, and combines Gothic, Egyptian, Moorish and Renaissance features. The estate grounds feature lakes, grottoes, wells, benches, fountains, and an extensive and enigmatic system of tunnels that connects to two spiraling wells.
Cascais and Estoril are next on our itinerary, as we drive next to the beautiful beach of Guincho until we reach Cascais, a former fishing village that became the destiny of royalty in the 19th century. You’ll also notice Estoril’s cosmopolitan and sophisticated atmosphere and architecture.
Finally, we will take the Marginal – considered one of the most beautiful roads in Europe – alongside the ocean until it enters the Tagus river estuary and back into Lisbon.