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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.

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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 trip, for one day we have seen many beautiful places.

Jugo our tour guide was really good and helpful giving us many history details about the places we visited.

Sintra, Cabo da Roca and Cascais Full-Day Tour Reviewed by Dimitar, 03/19/2019

Pedro was fantastic. Very knowledgeable, patient and accommodating!

We had a wonderful tour. Plenty of time to fit everything in and we thoroughly enjoyed our day and tour guide, Pedro! Highly recommend it!

Sintra, Cabo da Roca and Cascais Full-Day Tour Reviewed by Kristin, 03/18/2019

Awsome day without stress and enough time to explore!

Ny guide was Pedro and he was really passionate about history and trees and his knowledge was explicit! Thumbs up

Sintra, Cabo da Roca & Cascais: Full-Day Tour from Lisbon Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 03/17/2019

A must do tour, ask for Andre Feldman the best

This is a must do tour, we were lucky to get Andre Felmand through "Get your guide"or our you could booked even direct by Lisbon Native LD This gentlemen was very knowledgeable and made the tour very fun, we never felt rushed. I would definitely reccomend this tour! Communication prior the tour was great also.

Sintra, Cabo da Roca and Cascais Full-Day Tour Reviewed by Rosario, 03/13/2019

Charming cities, beautiful castles, breathtaking coasts

The best way to experience something new is with someone who knows it well and loves to share it. Our guide Diago (and his colleague Laura) clearly love this area and the history that has shaped it. They were knowledgeable without being professorial. They were happy to answer questions and put things in context with today. They kept us on time while still allowing plenty of time to explore and take photos on our own. It is worth the price of entry alone not to have to drive the twisty, curvy, narrow streets that they navigated well. A definite must do if you are in the area.

Sintra, Cabo da Roca and Cascais Full-Day Tour Reviewed by Lisa, 03/07/2019