Located just a stone's throw away from Lisbon, Sintra is a picturesque town set against the backdrop of lush hills and mystical palaces. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it's a dreamy landscape where romance, history, and natural beauty coalesce. Read more

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Sintra is like something straight out of a fairy tale. With its opulent palaces, mysterious forests, and exotic gardens, the town is a labyrinth of beauty and history that captures the imagination. The Moors who once ruled this land left their indelible marks in the form of the Moorish Castle that stands as a sentinel over the town. However, it is the 19th-century Romanticism that truly defines Sintra, most notably in the Pena Palace, a fantastical edifice that fuses various architectural styles.
The Sintra-Cascais Natural Park envelops the town, providing endless opportunities for hiking and enjoying nature. The climate here is unique; the hills and forests catch the moisture from the Atlantic, creating a microclimate that allows for a verdant landscape year-round.
Downtown Sintra, meanwhile, is a charming area with narrow streets filled with traditional pastry shops, including those that sell the famed "travesseiros," a puff pastry filled with almond cream. The town has been a muse for many, inspiring the likes of Lord Byron, who described it as a "Glorious Eden" in his writings.
Sintra is not just a town but an experience that brings together the sublime elements of Portuguese history, culture, and natural beauty. It's a must-visit for anyone looking to explore Portugal beyond its cities.

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The most famous sights
What to do in Sintra

Pena Palace

An extravagant palace blending Gothic, Renaissance, and Moorish styles, perched on a peak and often shrouded in mist.

Moorish Castle

Ancient ruins offering panoramic views, giving insights into the town's Moorish past.

Quinta da Regaleira

A romantic palace and garden replete with grottoes, fountains, and secret passages.

Sintra National Palace

Known for its unique twin chimneys, this palace has Moorish origins but was expanded by later Portuguese kings.

Monserrate Palace

An exotic palace with Moorish and Indian architectural influences, set amidst lush gardens.

Cabo da Roca

The westernmost point of continental Europe, offering stunning cliffside views.

Convent of the Capuchos

A minimalist Franciscan convent built into the rock, showcasing the simplicity of monastic life.

Palácio de Seteais

Now a luxury hotel, this neoclassical palace has sumptuous interiors and is worth a visit for afternoon tea.

Azenhas do Mar

A stunning coastal village known for its dramatic cliffs and ocean views.

Sintra Tram

A historic tram route that connects Sintra to the beaches, offering a scenic and nostalgic ride.

What else to visit
In and around Sintra

Colares (5.14 km)

Journey to Colares, where the whispers of the Atlantic merge with the shade of Sintra's mountains. A coastal beauty with sandy shores and ancient vineyards, Colares is Portugal's secret enclave of history and viticulture.

Estoril (10.03 km)

Nestled on the sun-kissed Portuguese Riviera, Estoril weaves a spellbinding tale of golden beaches, glamorous casinos, and the whispers of espionage and intrigue from days of World War II. A rendezvous with luxury and history awaits.

Praia do Guincho (10.98 km)

Amidst the rugged cliffs of the Lisbon coastline, Praia do Guincho unfurls as a windswept paradise where the thundering Atlantic meets Portugal's golden sands, beckoning adventurers and tranquility seekers alike.

Palace of Queluz (12.22 km)

Discover the Palace of Queluz, Portugal's answer to Versailles, where opulent Rococo interiors meld seamlessly with mesmerizing landscaped gardens, capturing the essence of 18th-century European splendor.

Cascais (12.32 km)

Whisk yourself away to the enchanting town of Cascais, where the charm of old-world Portugal meets the allure of the Atlantic. Once a royal getaway, today's Cascais seamlessly melds its rich history with sun-soaked modern-day luxuries.

Oeiras (13.28 km)

Oeiras, a gem nestled between Lisbon and Cascais along Portugal's Atlantic coast, brilliantly blends historical allure with modern sophistication.

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