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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

Totally worthy tour with a very friendly guide

Hugo was an excellent guide. He gave us a lot of info about the places that we visited. We had booked a private tour and it was absolutely worth it. I will highly recommend this tour. The tour covered all the beautiful and must see places near Lisbon.

Sintra, Cascais and Estoril Private Day Tour from Lisbon Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 11/01/2018

We had a wonderfu day with Jose. He was very prompt and professional.

Jose is very knowledgeable and efficient, knowledgeable and accommodating, The four of us thoroughly enjoyed our day.

Well worth the money. Philip was great. Pena Palace is gorgeous.

The trip was awesome except for Cascais. Don't know what the attraction is there. Glad it was a small part of this tour and that I didn't do it as a separate trip. As far as the castle is concerned, the views of it are good. But once you've seen one ........

Very good short trip to Sintra and Cascais

Filipe was an excellent guide explaining and leading us in the trip. We saw the Pena Palace and Cascais. We skipped lunch and visited the National Palace in Sintra, not a part of the tour.

The tour was great and it exceeded our expectations.

Our guide, Antonio, made the tour extra special. His knowledge, humor, interpersonal skills exceeded what we have experienced in the past. He is worth his salt.