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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

Would highly recommend. Gained a friend ( Cesar)

Cesar from getstoked company was very knowledgeable, enthusiastic, family friendly and great guide. Cannot speak more highly of him. Don't have to look elsewhere. Conversation was in the right amount. Brand new Mercedes van and safe driving. Flexible and good recommendations. I wouldn't look elsewhere for my next trip. Thanks for making our trip very memorable.

Sintra World Heritage & Cascais Deluxe Tour Reviewed by Sha, 01/14/2019

Amazing Sintra Palace, gorgeous Cavo di Roca

Perfectly organised tour to places everybody must visite. Pena palace is very impressive situated at the top of a hill with a wonderful view. Cavo di Roca is unforgetable.

Sintra, Pena Palace, Cape Roca & Cascais Tour from Lisbon Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 01/13/2019

Great tour, definately must see when visiting Lisbon!

We really enjoyed our trip. Cabo da Roca and it’s stunning view. Pittoresque and romantic Sintra and wonderful Pena Palace! Our guide was really friendly and helpful with some tips for great Fado experience!

Paulo was a very good guide who showed us Sintra and Cascais while exp

Paulo was a very goog guide who showed us Sintra and Cascais while explaining all history about the region. So many thanks from Catalonia!

Sintra and Cascais Full Day Group Tour from Lisbon Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 01/06/2019

Very well organised, superb guide and well balanced activities

Much enjoyed this tour. Started a bit late around 9.20 hr in the morning but finished on time. The guide Juan was very good and knowledgeable and jovial which made this trip very special. The tickets to Pena Palace were prebooked and he brought us to the Palace at the correct time to escape the crowds. We were unlucky to get a lot of fog to get good pictures of the Palace. Enough time was given to roam about the Sintra town and later we were taken to a typical Portuguese restaurant for lunch where I got a good vegetarian meal. The 'end of the world' was much enjoyable and we could get lovely photos. The last place Cascais was super and Juan's correct guidance for gelato and shopping wS invaluable. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone who is visiting Lisbon. Thank you Juan.