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The 7 Best Places to See in Sintra

This beautiful town just along the coast a short distance from Lisbon is filled with history and sightseeing at every turn. A visit, whether as part of a longer stay in Portugal or a destination in its own right, will keep you busy with its charming sights.

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Seteais Palace

This hotel is located within a historic palace, which dates back to the 18th century. This spot offers amazing views across the Moorish Castle and Pena Palace from the hillside.

Castle of the Moors

This medieval castle is one of the reasons this beautiful region is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Peaceful year-round, this is a good place to get away from the busy town.

Quinta da Regaleira

Like something from a Tim Burton movie, this estate is breathtakingly ornate. Don't miss the initiation well or the aquarium for a really special attraction.

Pena Palace

This colorful site looks most impressive on a sunny day, when its yellow, pink, and terracotta facade is particularly vibrant. An adult ticket for the palace and park is €14.

Monserrate Palace

An exotic villa with tropical gardens that are worth walking around, even in the sun and heat. The buggy tour offers a more sedate way to see the site without the legwork.

Sintra Mountains

Known locally as the Serra de Sintra, this 10-mile range is popular with rock climbers, as the western face is bathed in evening light. Also suitable for walkers and explorers.

Praia da Adraga

This beautiful beach is often voted one of the best in Portugal, and is many locals' choice over closer strips. A 7.5-mile car journey away from town, it's a favorite with surfers.

Planning Your Sintra Visit

When to go?

Sintra offers good weather year-round, but the best times to visit are spring and fall, when you can avoid the crowds and extreme temperatures of the summer season.

How long do I need?

A few days in Sintra is enough to see the sites, then add as many days as you want to relax on the beach.

Lisbon to Sintra

It's very easy to get to Sintra as part of a longer trip to Lisbon. The trains are quick, regular, and cheap. The area offers a historic, quiet alternative to Lisbon's bustling center, and the beaches are prettier and calmer. You can also rent a car to get there for relatively cheap--book online for the best deals.

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  • Best time to visit
    Sintra tends to stay cooler than Lisbon because of the elevation and the abundant shade provided from the lush landscape -- so even summer isn't unbearable. Weekdays are better than weekends to visit the sights and avoid the traffic congestion through the narrow and steep streets.

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What People Are Saying About Sintra

It was a magical day and our guide was a perfect gentlemen

Our half-day tour was filled with fascinating information, beautiful sightseeing, all of which was facilitated by our guide. He gave us a sense of history that you don't find in books. It was a rare experience, one that we will cherish forever.
Half-Day Sintra Tour from Lisbon with Transfers Reviewed by Kristine, 10/18/2016

Best guided tour ever for 8 ladies from Stockholm!

Our guide Joao made our day really by showing his enormous knowledge in the history of the Pena Palace. And in a humorous way! Due to heavy traffic he changed from plan A to plan B by starting the tour with Cascais and finishing with the Pena Palace, a very good decision. We had lunch in A Adega, a most charming place. A nice welcome from the chef and we were served a delicious tapas menue.
Sintra and Cascais Small Group Tour from Lisbon Reviewed by Marianne, 10/09/2016

Super, very nice, the best guide you can dream of. He did a great job

Very good and personal approach, the guide gave a lot of attention to what our needs were and gave very good tips on how to divide our time... Nice experience ... don't hesitate to book

Very nice tour - friendly guide called Paolo !!

Loved the tour, would highly recommend and our driver/tourguide, Paolo, was super friendly and showed us all around.
Sintra - Cascais Estoril - Full Day Tour Reviewed by Jennifer, 10/04/2016

Amazing day trip jampacked with a lot of fun and things to do and see

I am so glad I booked this day trip. I was picked up on time and the ride to Sintra was very comfortable. Our guide named Carlos was very funny and also very informative. Any questions we had for him he was able to help us. He is also very knowledgeable in a lot of Portugal's history. I totally recommend this day trip for anyone. It is very affordable and very rewarding. You really get to see a lot of the beautiful sites along the way. My favorite stop was spiraled Gardens. The best part about this trip was our amazing guide and also the fact that the tour groups are very small. It really feels personalized and you don't waste time by being in a large group.
Sintra Fairytale Castles Full-Day Tour from Lisbon Reviewed by Moctezuma, 09/18/2016

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