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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.

Seteais Palace
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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I didn't have enough time to go around Lisbon, so I decided to take this tour, and it became the hallmark of my whole trip! Maria (my tour guide) was very knowledgeable with a huge amount of interesting facts about the sites we have been too and an extremely nice personality that made me feel like I am on a trip with an amazing friend instead of just a tour guide. I can definitely say she is the best tour guide I have ever met. She also gave advices on the types things I can eat/drink in the Sintra village, and I must say she definitely knows what will get you to lick your fingers! The sights selection is awesome, especially Pena Palace and Cabo Da Roca. If you are in Lisbon and you haven't seen these places yet, booking this tour is definitely the most important thing you should do.

This experience is a must do for all, especially those that love history and picturesque views and architecture! We had Andrè Feldman as our guide, who is extremely knowledgeable in all areas, but more importantly, is super fun to be around! He definitely got a thumbs up from all of us that were on the tour! And as a added bonus, got some great snaps of us that he then sent to our WhatsApp after the tour, that's definitely going the extra mile for his customers! The tour was so chilled and relaxed, that we just had so much fun with it and felt zero stress!

This was a great tour and really good to give you a glimpse of places outside of Lisbon. It was worth the early start to see Sintra before it gets too busy. Our guide, Reneta was very knowledgeable and friendly and was really easy-going. We could ask questions and chat as well as have the formal tour. It was well paced and enough time was given in each of the places visited although a little more time in Cascais may have been nice.

The process was very quick and efficient that e-ticket was issued after purchase. It is recommended to purchase in advance to avoid line ups. The experience was seamless and amazing but be prepared to do lots of walking if you want to explore the whole entire park and palace. Definitely a thumbs up!

Maria was really the best of the best, I enjoyed this day trip and Maria was making sure that we were entertained and The Pena palace and the history of it was interesting and knowledgeable. I am glad I went to this tour as I have learned so much that day. Thank you so much Maria.