Sintra is a picturesque Portuguese town set on the foothills amidst pine trees of the Serra de Sintra. In the 19th century, Sintra became the first centre of European Romantic architecture, which was then declared as World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The variety of fascinating historic buildings and the alluring scenery has established Sintra as a top rate tourist destination and the most popular trip from Lisbon. This delightful Portuguese town is situated about 15miles (24km) west-northwest of Lisbon. Throughout the forested hills of Serra da Sintra national park, numerous examples of decorative and elaborate Romanticism style of architecture are found making it popular among tourists from all over the world.
Climate Mild and generally warm temperature; and rains mostly in winter comparatively to summer. The best time of year to visit is July and August.
By air - Take a connecting flight from Lisbon to Sintra
By Train - Trains at least every 30 minutes on weekdays, every 30 minutes at weekends, from Lisbon's city centre Rossio station taking duration of 40minutes to reach Sintra, Portugal.
By car or public transport -Taking a car or a bus service is not recommended for Sintra due to limited parking there.
Places of Interest
Castle of the Moors
Location Sintra, Portugal
Timing Open all 7days of a week between 09:30am-08:00pm (summer season) or 10:00am–06:00 (winter season).
The Castelo dos Mouros or The Castle of the Moors is a ruinous castle that was built in the 8th and 9th centuries. Set amidst the flourishing green forests of Serra De Sintra, it was initially established by the North African Moors who wished to provide security to the town of Sintra but fell apart after the Christians conquered Portugal. It was later restored by King Ferdinand II in the 19th century. Transformed into a romantic ruin, it still retains its ancient charm surrounded by dense forests. The castle offers a spectacular view of Sintra with its crumbling looks adding to the romance.
Location: Rua Barbosa Du Bocage 8, Sintra, Portugal
Timing: Open all 7days of a week
The Seteais Palace is a neoclassical palace built for the Dutch Consul located in Sintra, Portugal. Occupying a prime location on the edge of Sintra, it overlooks the town and the countryside. In 1946 it was acquired by the Portuguese government making it a luxurious hotel in 1954. Now, it is one of the five star hotels in Sintra which is surrounded by beautiful gardens having many fruit trees. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must visit.
Location: Estrada da Pena, Sintra, Portugal
Visiting Time: Open all 7days of a week from 09:30am-07:00pm
The Pena Palace or Palacio da Pena is perhaps one of the most iconic and best known images of Sintra, Portugal. The monument just looks like one of those palaces in fairy-tales. The creative expression of the Park and the palace are the result of King Ferdinand II’s vision. It is a protected monument and is considered to be one the world’s best example of 19th century architecture. A flamboyant structure, it is a hedonic mix of mythological statues, ornamental battlements and artistically painted terraces. A reflection of romanticism in architecture, the interiors are equally fascinating, charming the visitors with their beauty.
Praia da Adraga
Location: Praia da Adraga, Portugal
Timing: Open all 7days of a week
The Praia de Adraga is regarded as one of the best beaches of Portugal mainly due to the stunning scenery of cliffs, jagged rocks cropping out and golden sand. It is nearly a wild spot and almost quieter than other beaches. Located a few km north of Cabo da Roca, it is great place to explore and enjoy the wild settings. It has excellent restaurant and a very good emergency service system, though it is hard to reach by public transportation. Because of its beauty, it has been the subject of many photographs and written about in many blogs.
Sintra Museum of Modern Art
Location: Av. Heliodoro Salgado, Sintra, Portugal
Timing: Open on all weekdays except Monday from 10:00am-08:00pm and on weekends from 02:00pm-08:00pm
The village of Sintra is a magical place known for Portuguese royalty and the enchanting Moorish fortress. A World Heritage site, Sintra has a great museum housed in an artistic building made in 1920’s with a collection of 20th Century European and American works by major artists. The collection owned privately by Jose Berardo, has amazing works by Pablo Picasso, Henry Moore, Richard Serra and several Portuguese artists. Housing an impressive collection of modern and contemporary art, the museum is a must visit.