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Sintra
Travel Guide

Ursa Beach featuring rocky coastline, a sunset and general coastal views

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.

Tivoli Palácio de Seteais
Tivoli Palácio de Seteais
5 out of 5
Rua Barbosa do Bocage, 8, Sintra
Free cancellation
The price is €190 per night from 3 May to 4 May
This family-friendly Sintra hotel is located in the historical district, within a 5-minute walk of Sintra Mountains and Quinta da Regaleira. Sintra National ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (267 reviews)
Romantic place - amazing service
"I'm not normally in the habit of giving reviews but I think this hotel is worthy of the time. The service was really amazing. I wish it was not in Covid times but the care and attention was second to none."

Reviewed on 11 Jan 2021

Tivoli Palácio de Seteais
Arribas Sintra Hotel
Arribas Sintra Hotel
3 out of 5
Avenida Alfredo Coelho 28, Praia Grande, Colares, Sintra
The price is €97 per night from 23 Apr to 24 Apr
Nestled on the beach, this Sintra hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Grande Beach and Adraga Beach. Monserrate Palace and Quinta da Regaleira are also within 9 mi ...
4.3/5Excellent! (534 reviews)
Best hotel in Lisbon/Sintra
"Awesome 💯 ! Best offer in Lisbon area! Awesome Breakfast included amazing view over the sea! You’ll hear the waves all the time! The best ever for what you pay!"

Reviewed on 31 Dec 2020

Arribas Sintra Hotel
Sintra Marmòris Palace
Sintra Marmòris Palace
5 out of 5
Avenida Barão de Almeida Santos, 7, Sintra, Lisboa
The price is €170 per night from 18 Apr to 19 Apr
This family-friendly Sintra guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Olga Cadaval Cultural Center and Sintra National Palace. Quinta da Regaleira and Pena Palace ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (132 reviews)
September 2020
"Absolutely amazing stay in September 2020. Location is beautiful, staff and level of service was amazing . Can’t rate them high enough!!!"

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2020

Sintra Marmòris Palace
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Casas da Biquinha
Casas da Biquinha
3 out of 5
Rua da Biquinha 18, Sintra
Situated in the historical district, this apartment building is steps away from Sintra Mountains and Sintra National Palace. Quinta da Regaleira and Pena Palace ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (202 reviews)
"The apartment was clean and neat. 5 minutes walking to bus station and city center, 13 minutes walking to Quinta da Regaleira."

Reviewed on 14 Feb 2020

Casas da Biquinha
BeGuest Quinta do Almagre
BeGuest Quinta do Almagre
4 out of 5
Estrada de Madre de Deus 45, Sintra
Situated in Sintra, this holiday home is within 2 miles (3 km) of Sintra Science Center, Sintra National Palace and Quinta da Regaleira. Pena Palace is 2.4 mi ...
BeGuest Quinta do Almagre
Villa Cecilia
Villa Cecilia
Av. Alfredo Coelho 11, Sintra, Lisboa
Situated in Sintra, this holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Macas Beach and Grande Beach. Adraga Beach is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) away.
Villa Cecilia
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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28 Jan 2020

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

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29 Nov 2019

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

5/5 - Excellent

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8 Nov 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

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26 Oct 2019

Beautiful place to relax .

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Sylvie

13 Oct 2019

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

5/5 - Excellent

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11 Oct 2019

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