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Have you ever been to Sintra?

It's amazing how Sintra has so many palaces and natural parks! Visiting Sintra is not only getting to know Portugal's history and past a little better, but also being fascinated by majestic architectural and nature works!

Before visiting Sintra, it is important to know that there is much to explore here. It is convenient to have comfortable shoes and clothes to stroll through the calm of all the natural parks in the city.

But don't be fooled if you think there are only parks and palaces around here! Sintra also has some beautiful beaches and, for the sweet tooth, some traditional sweets. It is precisely here that you can try the famous Queijadas de Sintra.

To complete what this wonderful city has to offer, let us tell you that they did not forgot about wine lovers, since in Sintra there are several wine tasting experiences! Enjoy the beauty of Sintra with a glass of wine in your hand. There are not many moments of greater happiness and relax.

It is also in Sintra that you will see, for example, the first romantic-style palace built in Europe and several places classified as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Also know that it is in a municipality of Sintra, more specifically in Colares, that you can go to Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of continental Europe!

Top 10 Places To Visit In Sintra

1 - Park and National Palace of Pena

The Pena Palace was the first Roman-style palace to be built across Europe. Enjoy stunning architecture with some elements that have been preserved there since the 15th century.

2 - Quinta da Regaleira

One of the most impressive wonders of Portugal. Classified as World Heritage by UNESCO, here you will see buildings like never before. Get ready for incredible natural and architectural works!

3 - Monserrate Park and Palace

In the Palace of Monserrate you can appreciate a true architectural work in an eclectic style. In addition to the beauty of the palace, it also has a vast natural park to explore!

4 - Castle of the Moors

Initially built by the Moors in the middle of the 9th century, Sintra Castle was abandoned after the Christian conquest. In the meantime restored, visit it to learn more about its history!

5 - Chalet and Garden of the Countess d'Edla

Visit what was a refuge for King D. Fernando II and his countess. A romanticist style house with eclectic decor and surrounded by a pleasant garden overlooking the Pena Palace!

6 - Capuchin Convent

This convent has a very interesting feature: it is the poverty of its construction that makes it so fascinating. Cork, for example, is used not only in its decoration but also in its protection!

7 - Cabo da Roca

"Where the land ends and the sea begins" - that's how the poet Luís de Camões described the place. The Cabo da Roca Lighthouse stands out for being located in the westernmost point of continental Europe!

8 - Sintra National Palace

Here lies much of the history of Portugal. The palace was used by the Portuguese Royal Family almost until the end of the monarchy. Visit this part of our history and learn more about it!

9 - National Palace and Gardens of Queluz

This palace was used by the Royal Family as a summer residence. Built during the 18th century, it was called “Portuguese Versailles”, and the styles that characterize it are Baroque and Rococo.

10 - Piriquita

This one is, perhaps, the most important of the visits. When you're in Sintra, don't miss the opportunity to stop by the “Piriquita” bakery to try the famous traditional sweets: queijadas and travesseiros!

Frequently Asked Questions

From Lisbon to Sintra it is approximately 30 km, which is the equivalent to a 30 minutes drive by car.

Yes. There are several tours with tourist guides that visit, on the same day or on separate days, several parks and palaces in Sintra. Some even go to places like Cabo da Roca. See some offers on our website.

Yes. There are what are called combined tickets, which give access to various tourist sites to visit in Sintra. These passes can be used on separate days if you are unable to visit everything on the same day.

Usually yes. In the various places to visit, such as parks and palaces, there is usually a restaurant area. Anyway, in the vicinity of the places there is always where to snack. If you prefer, there are also some picnic parks in Sintra.

Since the weather in Sintra is not always stable and can be shaken by strong winds or, in summer, higher temperatures, it is advisable that you go dressed comfortably also because of the possibility of taking several walking tours through the different natural parks in the city.

What People Are Saying

"Hugo Cunha was an excellent tour guide! He is knowledgeable, personable, and a very safe driver, which makes the experience well worth it! Our tour of Sintra, Cabo da Roca, and Cascais was thoroughly enjoyable! If you appreciate in-depth learning about a location and culture, this is the perfect tour for you! Hugo was very accommodating and helpful and I highly recommend this tour experience."
"This tour is an excellent day of exploring Sintra and the surrounding area and all the history it has to offer . We had Hugo as our guide who was absolutely excellent in making this day so worthwhile and fun . His knowledge of the history is outstanding ! ;We also visited Cabo da Roca and Cascais which made for a very informative full day tour . Hugo was amazing as our tour guide and we would highly recommend him for anybody considering this tour . 5 star tour with a 5 star guide !"
"Sintra is an amazing place , very beautiful and enchanting. It was made more memorable and exciting because our tour guide. Is very knowledgeable and detailed in explaining the wonders of Sintra. We would definitely come back again wifh my children."
"I was staying in Lisbon and wanted a day out to see Sintra and the surrounding areas. Hugo was our guide and driver and he was so great. He tailored the timing (as much as was possible, of course) to our speed and interests, and made the day seem like it was designed for us. We have a deep background in European history and he met all of our questions with a detailed answer with cheerful smile. Thanks for a great day Hugo!"
"Passare da Sintra con la sua atmosfera magica, mistica e quasi surreale, a quella selvaggia, suggestiva, da ‘fine del mondo’ di Cabo da Roca, per poi improvvisamente ritrovarsi a Cascais cittadina colorata con sole e spiagge piene di surfisti... e per finire il Palacio Nacional di Queluz e i suoi meravigliosi giardini ... che dire ... di per sé un’esperienza davvero straordinaria ed emozionante. Ma ciò che l’ha resa davvero unica ed indimenticabile è stata la nostra guida Mauro, con la sua competenza, la sua sensibilità, la sua gentilezza e l’amore per il suo paese... nonché superlativo fotografo! Davvero INDIMENTICABILE"
"Well spent 1/2 day learning about Sintra and the palaces. Visited the Pena Palace and the Quinta Ragaleira, both very interesting. Our guide Eduardo was excellent! Very knowledgable of the history but managing to crack jokes the whole time. We had a great time!"

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