Sintra

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

Sintra is a beautiful town, about a 40 minute train ride from the capital. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and once you see its beauty, you’ll know why.

Sintra was once a favourite location of the nobility, thanks to its natural beauty, which made the perfect romantic setting for their regal palaces Today everyone can share in its exquisite prettiness.

Quinta da Regaleira PalaceQuinta da Regaleira is located near the historic centre of Sintra and is classified a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The property features a romantic palace, a chapel and a beautiful garden with lakes, grottoes, fountains and an underground tunnel, which connects the bottom of the well to a waterfall. The surroundings are simply stunning.

Castelo dos MourosThis is a 9th century Moorish castle built to watch over the Lisbon coastline. Walk along the castle ramparts and admire outstanding views of Sintra and its surroundings.

Capuchos ConventThis is a unique hermitage dating from the 16th Century, carved from rock. Franciscan monks used to live in these small cells, insulating them with cork to protect them from the cold.

Pena PalaceThe iconic Pena Palace is located in Pena Park. Its design draws from 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 a European Romanticism Monument. Pena Palace was built over the remains of the 16th century monastery of the Order of Saint Jerome, conserving the church and the cloister. You can also admire bright coloured turrets with small internal rooms with coffered ceilings and frescoes.

National Palace of SintraThe National Palace is the best-preserved medieval Royal Palace in Portugal. In the 14th Century it became a royal residence for King João I. You can’t miss its big conical chimneys and the beautiful collection of coloured glazed tiles called ‘Mudejar’. Nowadays it is also the venue for classical music concerts.

Monserrate PalaceThis exotic Palace has Gothic, Indian and Moorish influences, as well as a dome from Florence. An art collector named Sir Francis Cook (an English baronet bestowed with the title of ‘Visconde de Monserrate’ by King Luís) owned the palace. A remarkable botanical garden, waterfalls and lakes surround the building. Visitors can spend a pleasurable day, meandering through the palace gardens and admiring its beautiful, intricate interior design.

Seteais PalaceThis is a luxurious 18th century neoclassical palace, once home to aristocrats, which was turned into a luxury hotel, restaurant and a tourist attraction, integrated into the cultural landscape of Sintra and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Richard Nixon and Agatha Christie are just some of the famous guests who have stayed in the palace.

Natural History MuseumIn this 19th century building you can see dinosaur egg nests, fragments of meteorites and the world's only example of a flying reptile. Great for kids or history nuts.

GastronomySintra has a rich gastronomic history including meat dishes such as Negrais pig but also fresh fish such as Octopus and Mussels. Traditions in cooking desserts go back to the Middle Ages with 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’.

Arribas Sintra Hotel
Arribas Sintra Hotel
3 out of 5
Avenida Alfredo Coelho 28, Praia Grande, Colares, Sintra
The price is £68 per night from 7 Nov to 7 Nov
Nestled on the beach, this Sintra hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Grande Beach and Adraga Beach. Monserrate Palace and Sintra National Palace are also within ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (550 reviews)
"The Million dollar view was amazing!"

Reviewed on 16 Oct 2021

Arribas Sintra Hotel
Lawrence's Hotel
Lawrence's Hotel
5 out of 5
Rua Consiglieri Pedroso, 38-40, Sintra
The price is £102 per night from 7 Nov to 7 Nov
Located in the heart of Sintra, this luxury hotel is steps away from Sintra Mountains and Sao Martinho Church. Sintra National Palace and Sintra Toy Museum are ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (204 reviews)
"Wonderfull, nice views from the room"

Reviewed on 14 Oct 2021

Lawrence's Hotel
Tivoli Sintra
Tivoli Sintra
4 out of 5
Praca da Republica, Sintra
The price is £72 per night from 14 Nov to 14 Nov
This family-friendly Sintra hotel is located in the historical district, steps away from Sintra Mountains, Sintra National Palace and Sao Martinho Church. Quinta ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (723 reviews)
"Our flight arrived too early, the staff at the front desk work diligently to check us in a bit earlier than the 2pm check in time, overall everyone was really friendly and accommodating. This hotel is very centralized which makes it easy to get around. Also it has breathtaking views of the hills ..."

Reviewed on 29 Sep 2021

Tivoli Sintra
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Sintra Sol - Apartamentos Turisticos
Sintra Sol - Apartamentos Turisticos
3 out of 5
Avenida Eugene Levy, 29, Praia das Maçãs, Colares, Sintra, Lisbon
The price is £50 per night from 1 Nov to 1 Nov
Situated in Sintra, this beach aparthotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Grande Beach and 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Adraga Beach. Sintra National Palace and Quinta da Regaleira ...
3.7/5 Good! (46 reviews)
"Reception staff really friendly and helpful. Upgraded from studio to apartment so very grateful but whilst meticulously clean, the apartment and whole complex needs modernizing as its age showing as looking tired and too many botch up jobs ie. Tape around cracked unit, leaking loo and mattress on ..."

Reviewed on 23 Oct 2020

Sintra Sol - Apartamentos Turisticos
Casas da Biquinha
Casas da Biquinha
3 out of 5
Rua da Biquinha 18, Sintra
Situated in the historical district, this apartment building is steps away from Sintra Mountains, Sao Martinho Church and Sintra National Palace. Sintra Toy ...
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 14 Feb 2020

Casas da Biquinha
Charming Villa - Colares Sintra - Heated Pool by the Beaches
Charming Villa - Colares Sintra - Heated Pool by the Beaches
Rua das Sombras ,nº3, Banzão, 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! (40 reviews)
Charming indeed!
"The house is so beautiful and colourful, full of charm! We received the most warning welcome from the hosts, with delicious food and great recommendations. They were so kind and wanted to help in anyway possible. The outdoor kitchen was amazing! We ate there every day while the children play in the ..."

Reviewed on 15 Oct 2021

Charming Villa - Colares Sintra - Heated Pool by the Beaches
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