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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.

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wonderful day w/ outstanding tour guide.

Had a very interesting day. Saw many beautiful sights. Delicious lunch, & learned a great deal about Lisboa. Our tour guide was friendly, very informative & pleasant to send the day with.

Couldn’t ask for a more complete experience!

I wanted to get a sense of the surroundings outside of Lisbon and boy did I get what I’d signed up for. The tour was well-organized, informative, BEAUTIFUL and left us plenty of time to explore and chill. Our guide was beyond amazing.

The guide was extremely knowledgeable about history and culture

It was an excellent trip mostky due to timely and perfect organisation of the guide. He also spoke many languages which served botht the French and English-speaking tousist in the group. Guide was extemely knowledgeable about all aspects of Portuuese life: history economy and culture. we also saved a lot of time by him having bought tickets in advance so we could avoid the huge crowds and long queues.

Excellent way to see the coast of Portugal!

We had a great time on our day trip along the Portuguese coast! We saw so many beautiful parts of Portugal (Cascais, Boca do Inferno, Cabo da Roca, Sintra, La Quinta da Regaleira, Pena Palace) and had time to explore them. We liked the small group part of our experience, which allowed us to ask questions and have some flexibility with our trip. Our host was very knowledgeable and was really friendly! Would highly recommend as a great and quick way to see some highlights of the beautiful coast and Lisbon!

Day trip tour to Sintra and Cascais was excellent.

Excellent tour with a very knowledgeable guide Paulo made the day a wounderful experience. Everything from the gardens of the palace to the guided visit inside met our expectencies. A delicious meal at a typical country side restaurant suggesed by our guide followed by a stop at Cabo da Roca and a visit of Cascais completed a full day of discoveries.