Get lost in Sintra with a Local

Sintra, Portugal

Experience hosted by Rafael

  1. 6.5 hours
  2. Hosted in English and Portuguese

What you'll do

This experience is for those who want to know Sintra through the eyes of a local. In an authentic, unique and laid-back way we will plunge into Sintra's most beautiful and unknown places where the real majesty lies. Discover Sintra's true essence without missing the main attractions.

We will start the day in magical Sintra, a romantic town, where you'll be amazed by the fantastic architectural creations and their fascinating history. You will see the main palaces and visit Quinta da Regaleria, mysterious gardens, discovering the mystical messages they hide.

Next we stop for lunch at a local restaurant for some traditional and amazing Portuguese food.

The rest of the day will be spent adventuring through the most picturesque and wild parts of the region. Here you will have privileged access to our favorite spots in the natural park and coastline, passing in places like Cabo da Roca, Adraga Beach, and some surprises that we can't say here because we want to keep them a secret!

We promise that at the end of the day you will have understand why Sintra is still up to this day, one of the most magical, mysterious and full of history rich places in the world.

Looking forward to adventuring with you :)


* Lunch and entry fees, not included.
This experience is for those who want to know Sintra through the eyes of a local. In an authentic, unique and laid-back way we will plunge into Sintra's most beautiful and unknown places where the real majesty lies. Discover Sintra's true essence without missing the main attractions.

We will start the day in magical Sintra, a romantic town, where you'll be amazed by the fantastic architectural creations and their fascinating history. Y…

What's included

  • Transportation

    Hyundai Galloper 4x4 (6 people)
  • Equipment
    Hand sanitizer.

Meet your Host, Rafael

Host on Airbnb since 2018
  • 503 Reviews
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Natural from Sintra I work as a tour since 2017, and to be honest always broke my heart to see of the effects of mass tourism in my home town, that was transformed in a theme park whit thousands of visitors flocking to the same places, and waiting in huge lines. As a local I know that’s not the way of experience Sintra, and that inspire me to create an experience here I could share my love for this enchanted place taking people to less known, sites here Sintra throw magic comes from and the reason of being so rich in art and culture.

So I team up whit Alexandra that grew up and lived between Lisbon and Sintra, and found in Sintra the connection to nature through hiking in the natural park and shares the same love for Sintra, together we make a perfect team that are committed to show you Sintra at its very best.
Natural from Sintra I work as a tour since 2017, and to be honest always broke my heart to see of the effects of mass tourism in my home town, that was transformed in a theme park whit thousands of visitors flocking to the same places, and waiting in huge lines. As a local I know that’s not the way of experience Sintra, and that inspire me to create an experience here I could share my love for this enchanted place taking people to less known, sites here Sintra throw magic comes from and the reas…
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Where you'll be

Where we'll meet
Estação de Sintra
Sintra
Stop on a beautiful viewpoint for Sintra’s Historical context.
Visit to Quinta da Regaleira: the most interesting and fun monument to visit.
Lunch at a local restaurant for some traditional and amazing Portuguese food.
Visit the Picturesque villages.
Off Road Safari to beautiful viewpoints where you can admire places like: Cabo da Roca , Adraga Beach and hidden spots in Sintra's forest.

Rated 4.95 out of 5 from 503 reviews.

  • Rachit
    January 2022
    Really great insider’s tour of Sintra. Rafael grew up there and shared a very unique perspective, outside of the very commercialized and touristy ones you’ll get with the more established tour companies. He also takes you to off the beaten path spots like an ancient Stonehenge era Celtic temple that show you how Sintra predates the lavish palaces for which it is best known. His passion for Sintra’s unique culture, art, and history really shines through the tour, as well as his candid opinions on Portuguese history and politics that he offered up freely in response to our questions. We thought it was a wonderful contrast to the other, far more boilerplate tours we did in Portugal. Tip: try the black pork at the local restaurant Rafael takes you too, it’s amazing!
  • Lynn
    January 2022
    Having already been to Sintra I wanted a tour that would introduce me to the wild and wonderful woodlands and secret places of Serra Sintra. The tour was exactly what I wanted. Lunch at a wonderful little village restaurant. A Jeep ride over rocky terrain were highlights and breathtaking views over cliffs above the Atlantic combined for a very satisfying and informative experience
  • Saif
    January 2022
    Tour was great! Rafael was super accommodating and took us to some more lowkey places that were gorgeous. We got to see many of the smaller villages in the mountains and experience the wonderful roads.
  • Dalya
    January 2022
    First of all this was one of the most beautiful and personal tour ive had the pleasure of going on! Amazing company, food, and sights. Great way to make some fun memories!
  • Alisha
    January 2022
    Exciting adventure & great way to experience Sintra. Rafael made our day so fun with his stories, local knowledge and driving skills! We had a bit of nerves backing down the mountain but Rafael made the best of the situation and soon we were back on our way. The tour was just the right amount of guided info balanced with individual time to explore. Lunch was scrumptious and our family enjoyed the day! Would recommend to all. Thanks again for a wonderful time.
  • Aileen
    January 2022
    I ended up getting a private tour with Rafael, as I was the only one who booked for the day 😬 And he was professional and kind enough not to cancel. Had an amazing experience/day in Sintra with Rafael; would highly recommend doing this tour!

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