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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

Amazing tour - well organized, fast paced and tons of fun!

Thank you for a great day. Bruno was amazing....he knew so much of everything, made knowledge fun, was very smart to take us to Pena Palace early to avoid the massive crowds and overall was terrific. His English was impeccable we loved his accent - dropping the r's at the end of every word was beautiful on our ears :) Thank you and we hope this review helps you get more customers!

A fantastic option to see all the things in Sintra/Cascais

Jose was amazing. We had 6 adults and he allowed us to customize our experience with the places/sights we were interested in, all while providing lovely and interesting commentary. HE was a great source of knowledge. Our favorite activity from Lisbon. Very professional. Would recommend to anyone traveling to Lisbon.

We thought we hired a guide for a tour, but...

We thought we hired a guide for a tour. However, instead of giving us a tour, Miguel gave us an experience. We absolutely enjoyed Miguel! He was extremely charming and accommodating. Miguel adapted his pace and style to accommodate us. We learned a lot. Be ready for a challenging and rewarding adventure.

Very energetic, excellent guide, worth the money.

Barbara was extremely helpful, and resourceful.. fun day out for the whole family..so worth the purchase, saves time in long line ups, along with little pitstops to accommodate all travellers.. would definitely recommend..

Great guide! Beautiful Sintra. Too short trip.

i know, the castle is the main atraction for most people, but i would have liked something more of Sintra, gardens and other places and a shorter view of the castle.

Pena Palace and Sintra Half-Day Tour from Lisbon Reviewed by Sebastián, 08/12/2019