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Sintra

Travel Guide
Ursa Beach showing rocky coastline, a sunset 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.

Lawrence's Hotel
Lawrence's Hotel
5 out of 5
Rua Consiglieri Pedroso, 38-40, Sintra
The price is AU$221 per night from 4 Aug. to 4 Aug.
Located in the heart of Sintra, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Sintra Mountains and Sintra National Palace. Quinta da Regaleira and Pena Palace ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (190 reviews)
"This hotel was wonderful! The only bad part was that we had to leave. The staff was very friendly and great! The room was perfect. The value was out of this world. I can’t wait to come back for our next visit!"

Reviewed on 6 Jul. 2021

Lawrence's Hotel
Arribas Sintra Hotel
Arribas Sintra Hotel
3 out of 5
Avenida Alfredo Coelho 28, Praia Grande, Colares, Sintra
The price is AU$257 per night from 26 Aug. to 26 Aug.
Nestled on the beach, this Sintra hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Grande Beach and Adraga Beach. Monserrate Palace and Quinta da Regaleira are also within 9 mi ...
4.3/5Excellent! (538 reviews)
Best hotel in Lisbon/Sintra
"Awesome 💯 ! Best offer in Lisbon area! Awesome Breakfast included amazing view over the sea! You’ll hear the waves all the time! The best ever for what you pay!"

Reviewed on 31 Dec. 2020

Arribas Sintra Hotel
Penha Longa Resort
Penha Longa Resort
5 out of 5
Estrada da Lagoa Azul, Sintra
The price is AU$477 per night from 29 Aug. to 29 Aug.
Located in the historical district, this family-friendly hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Quinta da Regaleira, Sintra National Palace and Moorish Castle. Pena ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (311 reviews)
"A wonderful hotel, the staff were all so lovely, the hotel was just perfect for kids, everyone there went out of their way to make our stay fun and relaxing. Highly recommend this hotel, we will be heading back for sure!!"

Reviewed on 12 Jun. 2021

Penha Longa Resort
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