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Located on the Portuguese Riviera, Sintra is incredibly enchanting. The city is famous for an impressive UNESCO-collection of palaces, castles and landscapes – listed as the Cultural Landscape of Sintra. It’s no wonder then, that Sintra attracts visitors from around the world to join its very real fairytale.

One of Sintra’s most iconic castles is the Pena Palace – a colourful Romanticist castle that is listed as one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal. From its hilltop perch, you’ll be able to take some amazing photographs of the Sintra Mountains. Another highlight is the Palace of Sintra, renowned for being the best-preserved medieval royal residence in Portugal. Built in the 15th-century, it’s located just outside the city and is a trip well worth it if only to admire its stunning white walls contrasted with orange and yellow rooftop hues.

Sintra is close to some of Portugal’s most scenic natural landscapes. Check out the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park for dramatic mountains, coastal cliffs, sandy beaches and lush forests. It offers plenty of hiking trails and even some fossilised dinosaur tracks. There's also Praia da Adraga, a pristine golden cove known as one of the best beaches in the Sintra region and for good reason.

Tonight

From $385 per night

Next weekend

From $189 per night

Most popular time to visit October-December
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency € 1 = $1.07
Language Portuguese
Average weekend price $114 per night
Average weekday price $114 per night
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10

A nice place to visit but full of tourists.

May 27, 2024

A nice place to visit but full of tourists. The nature around is beautiful and you can visit some of the attractions but expect a lot of people. You can find anything from beaches to forests, all in a 15-minute drive. The roads are narrow and it's hard to park.

Corina
Corina Germany
10

There are many historical places in Sintra that can be...

May 23, 2024

There are many historical places in Sintra that can be reached on foot. if you go to the right of the historical museum you can find a small restaurant on the balcony where they bake bread in a wood-fired oven. unfortunately I forgot the name, but you can see the sign. Very charming. And visit Long Beach and the restaurant near the rock and try octopus on the grill. Very recommended.

Anonymous
10

The roads are very tight, the crowds of visitors are intense...

May 21, 2024

The roads are very tight, the crowds of visitors are intense and some of the locals working in local shops/restaurants are very rude and completely over having to deal with tourists. However, the views are amazing and the Moorish Castle was very cool. Difficult place to travel but worth it!

Jason
Jason Australia
10

Sintra was a lovely town but I like Aveiro better especially...

May 20, 2024

Sintra was a lovely town but I like Aveiro better especially the hotel we stayed in. The hike to the palace is not that hard. Proper hiking shoes and clothes should be worn. It is not a stroll through a park. You will be climbing up and down narrow stairs. Bring water. The palace is beautiful!.

Maria
Maria United States of America
6.0

Very touristy and difficult to manage with a car.

May 20, 2024

Very touristy and difficult to manage with a car. Quite pricy. Good food at Tascantiga though. Pena palace was too busy to enjoy properly though the Moorish castle was great. Shame didn't have enough time to visit Quinta da Regaleira.

William
William Portugal
10

really beautiful city.

May 11, 2024

really beautiful city. if you have time, you can spend up to 5 days with enough interesting sightseeing to visit. the traffic is heavy so I recommend to take buses or walking because uber/bolts can take too long to arrive where you are. the best was a hiking from Sinta Palace to the historical center, really nice views

Livy
Livy Brazil

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