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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

Amazing, Jasper especially was a great host to have. Highly Recommend

Amazing tour, we got a comfortable car, stopped at local coffee shops to interact with the local food & beverage of Portugal. Jasper was very well informed and has studied the country very well, he was able to answer any questions we have and tell us about the history in a very admirable way. We got to skip the line, see everything first without any trouble, he even suggested great restaurants for us to go try. Jasper speaks english fluently and is very down to earth, the tour was one to remember. Go try and see for yourself, you wont regret it.

Sintra and Cascais: Full-Day Private Tour Reviewed by Omar, 09/16/2018

Andrea and James were great guides; entertaining and very informative.

Our group of 10 had a wonderful experience with Andrea and James. They were a fountain of infornstion, humour and patience. Sintra, Cascais, Cabo Roches and the Pena Palace were phenomonal. Kudos to our great guides.

Sintra, Cabo da Roca and Cascais Full-Day Tour Reviewed by Jane, 09/14/2018

Perfect 5 hour tour to Sintra with charming guide

Excellent guide fluent in 3 languages and very concise information. Would reccommend.

Pena Palace and Sintra Half-Day Tour from Lisbon Reviewed by Judith, 09/13/2018

Was a awesome trip. Must do when in Lisbon.

Only problem was they annoyed us so much to get the paper ticket even though there was a mobile app and we showed them all proofs. The lady at the ticket counter was so rude!

Wonderful, very rich of different experiences

It was a fantastic trip. We would not have seen as much if we did it ourselves. Our guide Igor was superb, very knowledgeable, energetic, quick, and fun. We were amazed by both his love of what he was doing and his driving skills !:):) He made the trip very comfortable and enjoiable