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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

Fantastic tour of Lisbon’s nearby attractions.

Paulo picked us up at our hotel just before 9 a.m. We traveled in a comfortable minivan to the National Palace in Queluz, where we purchased admission tickets for the Pena Palace and gardens. The Sunday morning tour there was stunning. He then drove us to Sintra, where we had lunch and meandered through its lovely streets and shops. Then it was on to Cabo Da Roca and Cascais. All during the ride, Paulo explained what we were seeing and answered our questions thoughtfully. We were dropped off at our hotel at 6 p.m.— an amazing day! We HIGHLY recommend this trip— ask for Paulo for an incredible tour!

Sintra - Cascais Estoril - Full Day Tour Reviewed by Joan, 10/16/2018

Incredible day of cycling and touring historic Sintra and Cascais.

Daniel took on an incredible journey. We toured the incredible labyrinth and tunnels at Sintra as well as visiting the the historic buildings of Portugal’s past. The electric bike were plenty powerful to assist on the large hills. We covered over 40 kilometers between 10 am- 7 pm. Daniel was in no rush to get through the tour. If you have plans make sure you make your guide aware of your schedule. Our electric bike tour was our best memory of Lisbon and Portugal.

Paulo is an excellent guide who makes sure his guests enjoy the tour

Great tour to see Sintra, Cascais and the palaces. Wonderful meal and excellent guide.

Sintra - Cascais Estoril - Full Day Tour Reviewed by Gerard, 10/13/2018

fantastic tour. i would recomend to others

the tour guide was fully trained never stop talking all the time trying to give us all the information that he knows. i am very impressed. thank you!!

Sintra, Cabo da Roca and Cascais Tour Reviewed by snag youp, 10/10/2018

We were able to access the tickets on the phone - no problem

very convenient - to buy tix on line - and present on the phone. Pena palace was beautiful - amazing place.

Pena Palace & Park Skip-the-Line Entrance Ticket Reviewed by Ellis, 10/07/2018