Up in the hills northwest of Lisbon lies the fairytale town of Sintra. This former summer retreat of Portuguese royals boasts palaces, mansions and forested hillsides. And this excursion has an itinerary fit for a monarch. You'll tour Quinta da Regaleira and its gardens as well as the Convent of the Capuchos and travel back along the wild Atlantic coast.
Enjoy a scenic drive into the verdant hills that are home to Sintra. First up is Quinta da Regaleira, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Like a setting from the Chronicles of Narnia, its gardens evoke mythical stories and mysteries that need to be unravelled.
Next, you'll enjoy a wine tasting at Adega Colares before some free time for lunch. You'll head towards the coast to the clifftop village of Azenhas do Mar and visit the Convent of the Capuchos, which looks like it's about to be devoured by the forest Angkor Wat-style. Rounding off the day is a drive back through the hills and along the Cascais coastline.