Things to do in

Sintra

Colorful palaces and boundless panoramic views await you in this fairytale town at a stone's-throw from Lisbon.

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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

    1. 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

    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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

    6. 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

    7. 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.

Frequently asked questions about Sintra

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Planning Your 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

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 15,809 reviews

This is the first time I booked a group tour and I’m very much satisfied of how it turned out. We were a group of 8 and our tour guide named André was very informative. He never let us get bored during the tour and always got our atention. Highly recommended for future travelers.

The tour was great with great tourguide Mario who knows history and surroundings very well - actually no question w/o answers... places are amazing and scenic...

A very wonderful place that can get very busy for good reason. Buying the ticket beforehand allowed us to avoid the queue for tickets, which was quite long.

The palaces and countryside around Sintra are a must see if you are in Lisbon and this small group tour with guide is excellent.

Great experience, magical place. People are amazing and so helpful