Start your day with a pick-up from your centrally-located Lisbon accommodations, then journey to the hilltop Pena National Palace. Discover one of the worlds major expressions of 19th-century Romanticism at this national monument. Learn about its origin as a chapel built to honor Our Lady of Pena after a sighting of the Virgin Mary. The building grew to include a monastery in 1493, then languished in disrepair after an earthquake and lightning strikes. At long last, Prince Ferdinand decreed it be transformed into a summer residence for the royal family.
Step outside the palace, and explore the surrounding Pena Park and gardens, teeming with trees and plants from around the world. See Sequoia and magnolia from the United States, trees from China and Japan, and ferns from Australia and New Zealand. Meander down narrow roads and paths that lead to a waterfall and bubbling springs of crystal-clear water.
Next, visit the town of Sintra, located in an area dubbed the Portuguese Riviera and known for its many examples of 19th-century architecture. Note the contrast between the old villages black stone pavements and its colorful houses. Visit the grand medieval National Palace, one of Sintras most beautiful examples of Portuguese architecture. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant (own expense).
Journey to Lands End (Terra do Fim do Mundo) and admire its striking landscape. Finish your afternoon with free time to wander through the old streets and shops of seaside Cascais. Enjoy the ride back to Lisbon on one of the continents most scenic roads.
Sintra: Pena Palace, Moorish Castle and Sintra National Palace
Sintra: Historic Centre
Lunch: Free time
Cabo da Roca
Boca do Inferno