Top attractions 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
Really enjoyed the day. Our guide Andre was amazing, he explained the cultural history in such great detail it was very interesting to learn about Portugal's history and understand its' influence still prevalent in some of the old parts. The views from the palace was absolutely phenomenal, and so were the other small cities. I can't say enough about how great Andre was at explaining the relevance of each city and interesting information about each point which made the trip more enjoyable. He even gave us some very handy tips and recommendations about Lisbon which was very helpful. It was a fantastic day, booked this for my mum and myself and we enjoyed it thoroughly and tipped Andre at the end, as did most of the others in our group. Absolutely recommend and lucky if you get him! :)
Cesar from getstoked company was very knowledgeable, enthusiastic, family friendly and great guide. Cannot speak more highly of him. Don't have to look elsewhere. Conversation was in the right amount. Brand new Mercedes van and safe driving. Flexible and good recommendations. I wouldn't look elsewhere for my next trip. Thanks for making our trip very memorable.
Perfectly organised tour to places everybody must visite. Pena palace is very impressive situated at the top of a hill with a wonderful view. Cavo di Roca is unforgetable.
We really enjoyed our trip. Cabo da Roca and it’s stunning view. Pittoresque and romantic Sintra and wonderful Pena Palace! Our guide was really friendly and helpful with some tips for great Fado experience!
Paulo was a very goog guide who showed us Sintra and Cascais while explaining all history about the region. So many thanks from Catalonia!