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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

Driver and vehicle were great. Enough time for a whistle stop tour.

Unable to get into the Pena Palace due to lenghth of queue...45 minute wait! Probably advisable to let guests know that they are unlikely to have the time to visit the interior of the Palace as this will prevent them wasting money buying a ticket.

Great trip, new experiences & highly recommend

Driver/Guide was friendly knowledgeable tried to give us good overview of area and key highlights plus unusual dining experience which we loved - got us there early so we would have to wait queue - would recommend service

Lisbon: Full-Day Sintra and Cascais Tour Reviewed by Serenella, 05/16/2019

It’s a great trip beyond my expectation!

I’m really glad I signed up this trip. The group is awesome, the tour guide is amazing !I remembered his name is Nuno(forgive me if I spelled wrong ).He is very knowledgeable, knew everything about history of the area; he’s very responsible for the whole group, taking care of our feelings ; he’s very funny and kept telling jokes on the way; he’s very organized and guide us the whole tour even he’s not necessary to do so. Our journey is full of laugh from beginning to the end. A memorable tour!

An great area to visit and so beautiful! Definitely recommend!

This was a super tour that was lead by a wonderful tour guide, Phillip. Phillip knew the area extremely well, was very friendly and so considerate of all the participants on the tour. The tour was well planned, organized, and in a comfortable mini van, small group, best way to go!

Sintra, Cabo da Roca and Cascais Full-Day Tour Reviewed by Mary-Lou, 05/12/2019

Only things that spoilt it was out of our control, the wet weather

Great day out. Rita was so nice, informative and would do anything to help in what was horrible conditions, from rain, drizzle and fog. Definitely recommend the tour to anyone going to Sintra