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 Rs6,054 per night from 12 Jun to 13 Jun
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! (498 reviews)
"It was so authentic and all the details to compliment its high standards . So lovely and unforgettable."

Reviewed on 13 May 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 Rs23,279 per night from 10 Jun to 11 Jun
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! (179 reviews)
"This was an amazing property. The staff was outstanding and we want to go back to Sintra just to stay at this hotel. The staff was amazing, the room was fabulous and the grounds were beautiful."

Reviewed on 25 Apr 2022

Sintra Marmòris Palace
Tivoli Sintra
Tivoli Sintra
4 out of 5
Praca da Republica, Sintra, 2710-616
The price is Rs7,816 per night from 25 May to 26 May
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly hotel in Sintra. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their ...
4/5 Very Good! (765 reviews)
"Lovely place to stay in Sintra. Staff was very helpful."

Reviewed on 7 May 2022

Tivoli 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.
Sintra Sol - Apartamentos Turisticos
Sintra Sol - Apartamentos Turisticos
3 out of 5
Avenida Eugene Levy, 29, Praia das Maçãs, Colares, Sintra, Lisbon, 2705-306
The price is Rs4,450 per night from 19 May to 20 May
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! (48 reviews)
Good facilities
"Overall there was no issues on our stay however, when we initially entered the room the first impression was "this is tiny!" So pictures were quite deceiving. Putting that aside the general facilities and staff attitude was great. Going forward I'm 50/50 whether I'd go there again but if I do I think ..."

Reviewed on 22 Sep 2021

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 terrace. Our guests praise the convenient parking and the comfy beds in their ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (206 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
Once Upon A Time In Sintra
Once Upon A Time In Sintra
3 out of 5
Calçada São Pedro 35-39, Sintra, Lisboa, 2710-004
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Sintra. Enjoy free WiFi, daily housekeeping and a flat-screen TV. Popular attractions Moorish Castle and Pena Park are located ...
Once Upon A Time In 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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