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.
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- 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
Great experience through the history, nature and many marvels of Sintra. We really enjoyed the experience and highly recommend it. However I think the activity should be clearer that this is a hike and not a gentle walk. It was no problem for us but the website should specify that closed walking shoes and appropriate gears as well as minimum level of fitness is required. Some of the slopes are really steep on the way up and down. It makes the experience truly unique to hike up but one should be aware what he's signing up for. Also the whole hike took us 4.5 hours but we came back very happy with fantastic memories and stunning pictures. We felt the cost of the activity is nonetheless too high for what it is. This is hiking activity with a knowledgeable guide but it doesn't require any additional equipment and the tickets to visit the castle and palace are not included- which is an additional 14€ per adult... We got equipped with a small bottle if water and cereal bars but still...
Highly recommend if you have only a few hours to spare on your trip to Lisbon! Marisa, our guide was extraordinary and the trip was amazing. Though a bus tour, our group was a comfortable size and not overwhelming at all. Sintra was breathtaking. We visited Palacio Nacional de Sintra, the only extant medieval palace in Portugal. The drive through Sintra was stunning, and the vistas along the coastline were spectacular. We visited Boca do Inferno, Cabo da Roca (westernmost point in Europe), and the lovely seaside resort of Cascais. The experience I gained on this tour was an key reason I booked my return trip back to Portugal within 6 weeks of returning home! HIGHLY recommend this tour and returning to spend more time in stunning Sintra and Cascais!
A great day with Nuno in our small group. He helped us get to the Palace even with the roads being closed and the ticket saved us time to go right in. Beautiful sights and wonderful insight as we drove from Lisbon to Sintra and to my favorite part - Cabo da Roca! Such an incredible sight after a nice local Portuguese meal before heading back through Cascais. Nuno was a fantastic guide with great connections to people and excellent knowledge of the history and area of Lisbon!
We had a wonderful day, with a wonderful tour guide. Ricardo’s knowledge of all we covered was amazing. Pena Palace was amazing, and we had the most perfect weather for the views from the palace. Just be wary if you struggle with mobility, as there is quite a bit of uphill walking. Would strongly recommend these small group tours, as the place is so crowded it would be hard to hear in a group any bigger.
The tour was very interesting, with historical highlights and also insights into modern Portugal. Our guide was very helpful, provided relevant information without too many details that one quickly forgets. He also answered questions competently and honestly. We learned a lot about Sintra, Cascais and Lisbon and the broader region. For me it was the guide who made a difference!