Sintra is a delightful Portuguese town that is situated within the hills of the Serra de Sintra. Hidden within these pine covered hills are extravagant palaces, opulent mansions and the ruins of an ancient castle.
The variety of fascinating historic buildings and enthralling attractions, combine to form a fantastic tourist destination. Sintra is regarded as the best day trip from Lisbon, and a visit to this wonderful town must be included in your holiday plans.
This article will provide an introduction to Sintra, by answering some of the common tourist questions, and offering links to further in-depth guides.
The majority of tourists visit Sintra as a day trip, either from Lisbon or the resort towns of Cascais and Estoril. Sintra is an enjoyable day trip, which has a lot to offer visitors, and is suitable for all ages.
Travel to Sintra is hassle-free, as there is a regular train service between Lisbon and Sintra, or a direct bus service from Cascais and Estoril (travel details are found later in this article).
This suggested and popular itinerary includes the main sights of Sintra in a single day of sightseeing:
• Train or bus to Sintra
• The historic centre of Sintra
• Palácio Nacional (or Quinta da Regaleira)
• Lunch in the historic centre
• Castelo dos Mouros
• Palácio Nacional da Pena (highlight of the day)
• Palácio da Pena gardens (optional)
• Hike to Cruz Alta (optional)
Palácio Nacional da Pena
The view of the Palácio Nacional da Pena from the Cruz Alta viewpoint
Most day trippers to Sintra follow the same order, as this is the route of the 434 tourist bus. The 434 bus service connects Sintra train station to the historic centre and then climbs the steep hills to the Pena Palace and the Moorish castle before returning to the train station.