Sintra

Travel Guide

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

Arribas Sintra Hotel
Arribas Sintra Hotel
3 out of 5
Avenida Alfredo Coelho 28, Praia Grande, Colares, Sintra
The price is Rs6,427 per night from 16 Dec to 16 Dec
Nestled on the beach, this Sintra hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Grande Beach and Adraga Beach. Monserrate Palace and Sintra National Palace are also within ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (555 reviews)
"The Million dollar view was amazing!"

Reviewed on 16 Oct 2021

Arribas Sintra Hotel
Lawrence's Hotel
Lawrence's Hotel
5 out of 5
Rua Consiglieri Pedroso, 38-40, Sintra
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs10,253 per night from 13 Dec to 13 Dec
Located in the heart of Sintra, this luxury hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Sintra Mountains and 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Sintra National Palace. Sao Martinho Church ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (213 reviews)
"best hotel in sinter"

Reviewed on 6 Dec 2021

Lawrence's Hotel
Penha Longa Resort
Penha Longa Resort
5 out of 5
Estrada da Lagoa Azul, Sintra
The price is Rs14,441 per night from 14 Dec to 14 Dec
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. Pena ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (327 reviews)
"Loved having the golf course on site! Many interesting artifacts throughout the property. Would like to have seen another bar/restaurant on site more lunch options. Also suggest ceiling fans in the rooms. All in all, everyone was a great help. The front desk staff and concierge reps were all wonderful. ..."

Reviewed on 16 Sep 2021

Penha Longa Resort
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Sintra Sol - Apartamentos Turisticos
Sintra Sol - Apartamentos Turisticos
3 out of 5
Avenida Eugene Levy, 29, Praia das Maçãs, Colares, Sintra, Lisbon
The price is Rs4,693 per night from 9 Dec to 9 Dec
Situated in Sintra, this beach aparthotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Grande Beach and 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Adraga Beach. Sintra National Palace and Quinta da Regaleira ...
3.7/5 Good! (46 reviews)
"Reception staff really friendly and helpful. Upgraded from studio to apartment so very grateful but whilst meticulously clean, the apartment and whole complex needs modernizing as its age showing as looking tired and too many botch up jobs ie. Tape around cracked unit, leaking loo and mattress on ..."

Reviewed on 23 Oct 2020

Sintra Sol - Apartamentos Turisticos
Casas da Biquinha
Casas da Biquinha
3 out of 5
Rua da Biquinha 18, Sintra
Situated in the historical district, this apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Sintra Mountains and 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Sintra National Palace. Sao Martinho ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (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
Casa Alegre Overlooking Sintra
Casa Alegre Overlooking Sintra
4 out of 5
13 Rua Doutor Almada Guerra, Sintra
Situated in Sintra, this apartment building is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) from Modern Art Museum of Sintra and 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Sintra National Palace. Olga Cadaval ...
Casa Alegre Overlooking Sintra
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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