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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

Excellent excursion with the best tour guide ever - don't miss it!

Glad that instead of going to Sintra by ourselves we took this full day excursion provided by the Lisbon Natives Tours company. Perfectly organised, absolutely stunning locations with a deep history backgrounds, small size of the group and free pick up from your Lisbon hotel - these are the keys to success! Not to mention the extremely knowledgeable, smart, super funny and multilingually talented our best tour guide ever - André Feldman! André, you've made our day! :) Warmest greetings from the happy Finnish customers! N&L, Helsinki.

Sintra, Cabo da Roca and Cascais Full-Day Tour Reviewed by Natalia, 06/25/2019

Our guide Miguel was fantastic, made the tour really special

Five star experience!!!. We arrived early so to avoid crowd. Miguel was exceptionally knowledgeable, fun, and personal! Gave us many information and made our trip to Sintra, Cabo de Roco, and Cascais really special. Thanks Miguel

Perfect one-day excursion to Sintra and Cascais

The tour guide, Vasco, was excellent. Everything was perfectly orchestrated. Did not feel rushed. Had enough time to see what we wanted to see. Highly recommended!

Sintra Full Day Sightseeing Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 06/22/2019

Amazing day with excellent and professional service!

Our guide Jasper was the best guide we have ever had. He went out of his way to make sure everything was dialed in and was super pleasant and knowledgeable! I highly recommend Portugal 360’ if you are looking for A+ service!

Sintra and Cascais: Full-Day Private Tour Reviewed by Cindy, 06/21/2019

Excellent guide that made our day so great

Highly recommended for any tourist with 1 day to cover 3 major attractions at the comfort of a van and a guide.