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Book a hotel near Sintra and you’ll find yourself in the midst of romantic scenery with dreamy palaces and green expanses of luscious forest around it. Sintra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as are the other palaces in the area, like the Monserrate and Seteais Palaces.
Things to Do in Sintra
Visit Quinta da Regaleira, located near the historic centre of Sintra and classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This property features a romantic palace, a chapel and a beautiful garden with lakes, grottoes, fountains and an underground tunnel, which connects the bottom of a well to a waterfall. The surroundings are simply stunning.
Book your hotel near Sintra National Palace and explore the best-preserved medieval Royal Palace in Portugal. You can’t miss its big conical chimneys and the beautiful collection of coloured glazed tiles called ‘Mudejar’.
Explore a 9th century Moorish castle, Castelo dos Mouros, built for surveillance of the Lisbon coastline. You can walk along the castle ramparts and admire outstanding views over Sintra and its surroundings.
Discover Capuchos Convent, a unique hermitage dating from the 16th Century, carved from rock, where Franciscan monks used to live in small cells, insulated with cork.
Book a hotel near Pena Palace. This iconic palace is located in Pena Park and its design draws from a number of different styles such as, neo-Gothic, neo-Manueline, neo-Moorish and neo-Renaissance, beautifully merged into what is considered to be one of the best examples of European Romanticism. Admire bright coloured turrets with small interior rooms with coffered ceilings and frescoes.
Head to Cape Roca, the westernmost point of Continental Europe, which has dramatic cliffs jutting out over the sea. Here you can enjoy unforgettable views over the ocean and if you like you can order a souvenir certificate, declaring that you once stood on the edge of Europe.
Taste Sintra’s rich gastronomy. Top dishes include Negrais pig and fresh seafood such as Octopus and Mussels. Traditions in cooking desserts go back to the Middle Ages, such as the famous cheesecakes ‘Queijadas de Sintra’ and ‘travesseiros’. The wine from the Colares region is considered to be one of the best wines of Portugal. Sintra’s mild climate also produces tasty and juicy pears, known as ‘Pera Rocha’.
There is a train service leaving from Cais do Sodré in downtown Lisbon, which will take you to Sintra in about 60 minutes. But you can also choose to rent a car to explore the Sintra area at your own pace.