Sintra

Travel Guide
Ursa Beach showing a sunset, rugged coastline 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.

Where to stay in Sintra

Chalet Saudade
Chalet Saudade
3 out of 5
Rua Dr Alfredo da Costa, 23, Sintra, 2710-524
The price is ₹5,498 per night from 12 Dec to 13 Dec
₹5,498
per night
12 Dec - 13 Dec
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly guesthouse in Sintra. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and an airport shuttle. Our guests praise the breakfast and the comfy ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (548 reviews)
"We loved the ambiance of the chalet and the garden area. The history of the house that was told us by the staff allowed us to view the chalet as a historical site. The staff at both the chalet and the breakfast cafe were excellent and so very helpful. The food served each day for breakfast was outstandingly ..."

Reviewed on 31 Oct 2022

Chalet Saudade
Sintra Marmòris Palace
Sintra Marmòris Palace
5 out of 5
Avenida Barão de Almeida Santos, 7, Sintra, Lisboa, 2710-525
The price is ₹17,134 per night from 1 Dec to 2 Dec
₹17,134
per night
1 Dec - 2 Dec
Stay at this 5-star luxury guesthouse in Sintra. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (210 reviews)
"This is a beautiful hotel. The grounds are amazing. The best part is how they treat you. When we arrived they brought us a glass of port wine. Then they had a Fado night and had a wine and cheese party. The room had snacks and some kind of liquor in the room to enjoy. The hotel is walking distance ..."

Reviewed on 7 Nov 2022

Sintra Marmòris Palace
Arribas Sintra Hotel
Arribas Sintra Hotel
3 out of 5
Avenida Alfredo Coelho 28, Praia Grande, Colares, Sintra, 2705-329
The price is ₹7,491 per night from 21 Dec to 22 Dec
₹7,491
per night
21 Dec - 22 Dec
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Sintra. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms in their ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (637 reviews)
"All was great"

Reviewed on 7 Nov 2022

Arribas Sintra Hotel
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.
Sintra Sol - Apartamentos Turisticos
Sintra Sol - Apartamentos Turisticos
3 out of 5
Avenida Eugene Levy, 29, Praia das Maçãs, Colares, Sintra, Lisbon, 2705-306
Stay at this 3-star beach aparthotel in Sintra. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their ...
3.7/5 Good! (53 reviews)
Pleasant for a short stay
"Reception staff were lovely and very helpful. The room was pretty basic, kitchenette although no tea cups, no air con, small shower and shower head was broken it dribbled water constantly so we had to leave a towel to stop the sound. The hotel is based in an extremely quiet area so if you’re looking ..."

Reviewed on 3 Jul 2022

Sintra Sol - Apartamentos Turisticos
Casas da Biquinha
Casas da Biquinha
3 out of 5
Rua da Biquinha 18, Sintra, 2710-542
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Sintra. Enjoy free WiFi, airport transport and a flat-screen TV. Our guests praise the convenient parking and the comfy beds ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (227 reviews)
"Very central with a semi-private garden."

Reviewed on 15 Oct 2022

Casas da Biquinha
Casa da Pendôa
Casa da Pendôa
4 out of 5
Rua da Pendôa nº 17, Sintra, 2710-610
Stay at this 4-star apartment in Sintra. Enjoy free WiFi, an airport shuttle and laundry facilities. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (266 reviews)
place for 1 night in Sintra
"We took the train from Rossio Lisbon to Sintra and walked with our roller bags to the historic center. The route takes you on the perimeter of a lovely park with sculptures along the way. We made our way to Casa da Pendoa and got checked in by a very helpful and personable clerk, who also carried ..."

Reviewed on 8 Mar 2020

Casa da Pendôa
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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