Sintra

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Medieval castles, royal parklands and forested mountains surround historic streetscapes just a short drive from the fresh seafood and surf of the Portugal coast.

Sintra is a mountain region a short train ride from Lisbon with Moorish castles, royal palaces, aristocratic estates and manicured gardens. Make the scenic 30-minute drive from Sintra to Adraga Beach, known for its restaurant terraces and fresh seafood.

Start your adventure in Sintra in the Sintra National Palace near the center of town, easily located by its two distinctive domed chimneys. Explore the 1,000-year-old history of the palace from Moorish times to the house arrest of mad King Alfonso VI in the 17th century. The Moorish style was carried over in later extensions with decorative geometric tiles.

Wander through the famous Pena National Palace, a 19th-century pink-and-yellow palace that lies on a hill overlooking Sintra. Discover its opulent rooms with original Edwardian and late-Victorian furniture, paintings and decoration. The palace is surrounded by forested parkland created by Ferdinand II and features exotic trees from Japan, Australia, China and North America.

Go to the 9th-century Moorish Castle on the south side of Sintra for panoramic views over the Pena and Sintra Palaces and across the town. King Ferdinand II, a lover of medieval history, restored the castle in the 20th century.

Each of Sintra’s many historic buildings has its own distinctive style and charm. Visit the 18th-century National Palace of Queluz and the eclectic 19th-century Palace of Monserrate.

Explore tiny rooms constructed using cork at the Convento dos Capuchos (Convent of the Capuchos). Picturesque forest, mossy boulders and carved rock tables and chairs surround the convent.

Explore the nearby Sintra-Cascais Natural Park on foot, by mountain-bike or on horseback. Continue west through the park for a day of surfing and seafood on the coast. The area is known for its goose-barnacles and other fresh seafood dishes. Enjoy sunsets over the stunning Adraga Beach from restaurant terraces.

Top hotels in Sintra

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Penha Longa Resort
Penha Longa Resort
5 out of 5
Estrada da Lagoa Azul, Sintra
SG$218
per night
Mar 6 - Mar 7

Located in the historical district, this family-friendly hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Quinta da Regaleira, Sintra National Palace and Estoril Casino. Moorish ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (283 reviews)

"Very quiet location but easy to get taxis to the local towns which are packed with lovely places to eat and drink . staff very friendly and can’t do enough for you ."…"

Reviewed on 26 Oct,2019

Penha Longa Resort
Sintra Boutique Hotel
Sintra Boutique Hotel
4 out of 5
Rua Visconde de Monserrate, 48, Sintra
SG$155
per night
Feb 26 - Feb 27

Situated in Sintra, this golf hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sintra National Palace and Quinta da Regaleira. Moorish Castle and Pena Palace are also within ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (650 reviews)

"One of the nicest hotels I have ever stayed in for the price. Perfect location, very clean rooms, extremely comfortable. Food is great in the attached restaurant as well. Zero complaints. My only warning would be that parking is limited - I did not have any issues but I got one of the last available ..."…"

Reviewed on 23 Jan,2020

Sintra Boutique Hotel
Chalet Saudade
Chalet Saudade
3 out of 5
Rua Dr Alfredo da Costa, 23, Sintra
SG$82
per night
Feb 25 - Feb 26

Situated in the historical district, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Sintra Toy Museum and Sintra National Palace. Quinta da Regaleira and Pena ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (429 reviews)

"The property is an old home but beautifully redone. However, there were lots of steps down to my room, #9 which looked out on the garden. People with mobility issues should let the staff know. But speaking of staff, the young woman at the front desk could not have been more helpful and kind. She ..."…"

Reviewed on 12 Jan,2020

Chalet Saudade

Popular things to do in Sintra

Pena Palace
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Pena Palace

This exuberant construction, a former royal retreat set high in the hills of Sintra, features a colorful assortment of turreted towers and domes. 

Sintra National Palace
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Sintra National Palace

Situated in the centre of Sintra, this medieval royal palace was classified a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.

Quinta da Regaleira
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Quinta da Regaleira

Quinta da Regaleira is a Neo-Manueline Palace is located near the historic centre of Sintra and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The palace is set in the romantic scenery of a fairy-tale verdant garden, with footpaths, grottos, lakes and hidden wells, shrouded with mysterious tales of hidden tunnels and secret societies.

Monserrate Palace
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Monserrate Palace

Admire the eclectic and eye-catching design of this one-of-a-kind palace, which was built by a wealthy Englishman and mixes Moorish, Gothic and Indian influences. 

Adraga Beach
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Adraga Beach

Watch the foamy Atlantic waves crash onto the golden sands and rugged rock formations at this picturesque beach, one of the most westerly in Europe. 

Moorish Castle
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Moorish Castle

Set amid the forests of the high Portuguese countryside, the crumbling ruins of this gray stone castle offer commanding views of the surrounding region. 

Top activities in Sintra

Day Trip to Sintra & Cascais with Admission to Pena Palace
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Day Trip to Sintra & Cascais with Admission to Pena Palace

94% of travellers recommend
SG$88
Per adult
Sintra, Cascais & Estoril Small-Group Full-Day Tour
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Sintra, Cascais & Estoril Small-Group Full-Day Tour

94% of travellers recommend
SG$90
Per adult
Small-Group Day Trip to Sintra, Cascais & Estoril
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Small-Group Day Trip to Sintra, Cascais & Estoril

94% of travellers recommend
SG$100
Per adult
Small-Group Sintra Full Day Tour With Regaleira Palace
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Small-Group Sintra Full Day Tour With Regaleira Palace

96% of travellers recommend
SG$103
Per adult
Sintra Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Sintra Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

SG$30
Per adult
Trekking to Praia da Ursa Full Day Tour - Incredible Portugal Private Tours
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Trekking to Praia da Ursa Full Day Tour - Incredible Portugal Private Tours

SG$75
Per adult

Reviews of Sintra

4.6

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 28, 2020

Fascinating place, plenty to see, most even in walking distance, or if you fancy the local transport is very well organised.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Nov 29, 2019

Interesting, medieval town. National palace well worth a visit. Prices very reasonable.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Nov 8, 2019

Full of wonderful sights and beaches - too much to see and do even on a 14 night break - will have to go again

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Oct 26, 2019

Beautiful place to relax .

4/5 - Good

Sylvie

Oct 13, 2019

Very beautiful city and amazing surroundings. The air humidity might be an issue for some people.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Oct 11, 2019

Sintra is a beautiful area. Lots and lots of steep hills though, a car is definitely needed to get from A to B.