Sintra

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Ursa Beach showing a sunset, general coastal views and rugged coastline

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

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 $145 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29
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! (224 reviews)
"Very convenient location, clean and superb service. We were able to park our car at the hotel’s space and leave it the next day while doing sightseeing. This is historical hotel, the oldest one on Iberian peninsula. I will stay there again snd will recommend to my friends."

Reviewed on Dec 29, 2021

Lawrence's Hotel
Penha Longa Resort
Penha Longa Resort
5 out of 5
Estrada da Lagoa Azul, Sintra
The price is $182 per night from Feb 4 to Feb 5
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! (336 reviews)
"Amazing place with amazing service. The only thing I would have preferred is a room with a better view. Mine was Room No. 352."

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2021

Penha Longa Resort
Tivoli Palácio de Seteais
Tivoli Palácio de Seteais
5 out of 5
Rua Barbosa do Bocage, 8, Sintra
The price is $223 per night from Feb 2 to Feb 3
This family-friendly Sintra hotel is located in the historical district, within a 5-minute walk of Sintra Mountains and Quinta da Regaleira. Sintra National ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (290 reviews)
"The rooms were very comfortable. The views and scenery were lovely, and it was close to town and the sites we wanted to see. I think the hotel needs more comfortable seating in the lounges. For this size hotel, were only 2 couches in the lounge area for families to gather, and no couches or comfortable ..."

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2021

Tivoli Palácio de Seteais
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Charming Villa - Colares Sintra - Heated Pool by the Beaches
Charming Villa - Colares Sintra - Heated Pool by the Beaches
Sintra
This family-friendly Sintra villa is located by the sea, within 2 mi (3 km) of Grande Beach, Macas Beach, and Sintra Mountains. Capuchos Convent and Adraga Beach ...
5/5 Exceptional! (43 reviews)
Beautiful home and great hosts
"We spent a very happy family Christmas at this house with 6 adults and 2 young children. The house was comfortable for all of us, with the amenities we needed. The kids loved playing in the little houses and sandbox in the garden, and with all the toys in the play room. The location is good for Sintra ..."

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2022

Charming Villa - Colares Sintra - Heated Pool by the Beaches
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 Feb 14, 2020

Casas da Biquinha
La Galette - Sintra Windmill
La Galette - Sintra Windmill
5 out of 5
Sintra, Lisboa
This family-friendly Sintra vacation home is located on the waterfront, within 3 mi (5 km) of Magoito Beach and Macas Beach. Sintra Science Center and Grande ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (11 reviews)
.unique experience!!
"This property was perfect for my husband and myself! The refurnished windmill is beautiful on the inside and outside. We love the fact that it was so different from an average rental home! It was very comfortable for two people and we enjoyed the quiet of a community. We enjoy not being near every ..."

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2021

La Galette - Sintra Windmill
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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