Top Tours & Activities 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A few days in Sintra is enough to see the sites, then add as many days as you want to relax on the beach.
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.
- CurrencyEuro (€)
- Time ZoneUTC (+01:00)
- Country Code+351
- Best time to visitSintra 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
Jaime was a delightful young man with an excellent knowledge of the area. He quickly established a rapport with the group and provided a real insight into the history and geography of the area
Great guide, really passionate about Portugal - we loved the trip and would be very happy to come back again!
I can't tell you how much O have raved to people about this excursion, Firstly a thankyou to Jaime our guide, his knowledge is incredible, on top of that an all round really nice guy. I always say I am going to leave reviews on places but don't bother then, but this day trip was so special, absolute highlight of our trip to Lisbon! So well planned & cant believe we could fit so much into 8 hours! Also this is such incredible value for what you get. As I result I cannot wait to go back to Sintra & Cascais. Beautiful places that way exceeded my expectations! This trip is a must! He also gave us great tips & advice about the city & recommended using Uber which was a first for us but was also great value to get from the city to the airport.Thanks again to Jaime, a true scholar & gentleman. Sharon Lilly & Brendan Travers, Donegal Ireland.
Everyone who visits Lisbon with enough time for one trip should add this Sinta and Cascais to the itinerary. Sintra requires more time than one half day but for a short visit I suggest that the tour guide spend less time at the palace and more time carving out time for sites like Quinta da Regaleira (amazing if you enjoy being outside). Our guide gave us an option and those of us who went to the Quinta were exhilarated by the experience--but we didn't have enough time to get through if we were to walk back to town and get lunch. Cascais was just a drive-through then a stop to walk around, which was perfect since the morning in Sintra was busy. The drive by and photo stop at Cabo da Roca was the most beautiful on the trip. The guide, Katarina, was polished and knowlegeable, and went the extra effort to pick us up at wickedly difficult spots to make the trip easier for those of us with knee problems. She also told enriching stories and made recommendations for lunch, pastry and gelato.
Well paced, unhurried tour. Our guide, José V., added interest to the sights with his commentary and stories. Small group size meant we could leave and reboard our van quickly, so no long waits at each stop. And there was a good balance between group activity and free time. We had a great day! Re questions about my ticket saving time...the ticket was never an issue. Our guide called our names and we went with him, never having to show our ticket.