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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.

Good to Know

  • Language
    Portuguese
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +351
  • 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

Interesting and details overview of Portugal

We had a very interesting day with Paulo who is a wealth of information. Nothing was too much and he was happy to discuss any and all subjects relating to Portugal past and present. We packed a lot into the day but did not feel rushed. We visited places off the beaten track that we would otherwise not know about which added to the experience. Paulo gave us tips about reaching other places we planned to visit and followed up with information by email after our tour. This was such a rewarding tour I would certainly recommend it to anyone visiting Lisbon.

Worth the trip and tour with your transportation taken care of.

Tour was well arranged and planned by our tour guide, Maria. However, if u planned to spend more time at the Pena Palace/ Castle, u should consider having a tour specific for this since the castle is a big place and takes time to explore, 1-2 hours might not be sufficient to visit the entire place.

Wonderful experience, competent and friendly guide!

We were very happy with this choice. Mathieu, our guide was very gentleman, knowledgeable, maintained a good pace and made our tour extremely enjoyable. Well worth it!

Perfect tour, beautiful sights, lovely service

We went on the tour last week and we couldn't be happier we picked that company and that tour! We saw beautiful Portugese landscapes, palaces & castles. We very much enjoyed the organised part of the tour, just as well as the free time we got to wander around, do some shopping, take pictures and try wonderful Portugese pastries. The lunch in Sintra was not only lovely but also at reasonable price. Our guide, Daniel, was very friendly, down to earth guy who made us feel very welcome and the atmosphere was great throughout the whole day. Would recommend it to anyone. Thank you for the lovely tour and best of luck to the lovely team! :)

Sintra Fairytale Castles Full-Day Tour from Lisbon Reviewed by Ewelina, 12/08/2016

Memorable intimate tour of Sintra & Lisbon!

My husband and I booked this trip to explore Sintra and we were thoroughly surprised on how intimate and memorable it was! Carlos, our tour guide, was knowledgeable, friendly, and humorous. With a small group, it was fun getting to know the other tourists on our trip and getting to experience it with some fun people. Carlos also had great insight to the foods and delicious eats (which I truly appreciate and love) which made for a great lunch break with unforgettable roasted lamb and potatoes and a dessert to dream about for days to follow. Seriously recommend booking with Carlos, you'll have a wonderful time.


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