After seeing these 25 photos of Sintra, Portugal, you won’t need convincing to put this amazing destination on your travel list!
Sintra, a small Portuguese town located very close to Lisbon, is one of the most beautiful places you can imagine. It is a fairytale turn into reality. This tiny town is filled with UNESCO-enlisted magical palaces on the hilltops, surrounded by luxurious parks, gardens and old forest, enchanting villas, and a wonderful castle with breathtaking views.
The Most Photogenic Town in the World
Note that none of these photos of Sintra was taken with a drone – you can see for yourself each and every of these spots, viewpoints and perspectives. Sintra is beautifully located on several steep hills, with various landmarks scattered on the hilltops or slopes, always surrounded by vast areas of lush greenery. From every monument you see several others.
You won’t believe it until you see it. This place seems so perfectly beautiful, it feels like being in a dream.
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Spectacular Parks, Gardens and Forests
Pena Palace with all its colours and shapes
National Palace with its unique twin chimneys
The Moorish Castle with its breathtaking views
Monserrate Palace with its subtle architecture
Quinta da Regaleira – the most mysterious estate on Earth!
Tips How to Make the Most of Your Trip to Sintra
Now, after seeing these photos of Sintra, are you ready to pack the suitcase?
Due to mild Portuguese climate, Sintra remains a beautiful place to visit for the entire year. I was there in November and then again in September, and it was equally splendid, sunny, green and always magical in both months.
Sintra is easily reached on a one-day trip from Lisbon, check out the available tours here.
Plan Your Trip
If you have more time, however, we strongly recommend you to spend in Sintra 3 days – there is enough to see to fill all this time and more.
Look for one of the charming hotels of Sintra, often located in old-fashioned buildings here.
Moving Around Sintra
The monuments are located on various hills, both walking (though extremely pleasant in lovely forest paths) or driving through narrow one-way roads takes more time than you might think, so you won’t be able to see more than 2 monuments a day – and they are all much worth seeing! Apart from the 5 main ones that we present here, there are many more fascinating historical buildings in the area!
To use your time best, we highly recommend you to rent a car (from Lisbon). You will still have the pleasure to stroll in the gardens and parks, but without climbing the steep hills all day long, or overpaying for mini-taxis and buses. And… take a small one for easy manouvres – the charming old walled roads of Sintra were build for horse carriages of the royalty and noblemen, not for cars, and they are narrow!
Top Attractions of Sintra – Which Ones to Choose?
If you have to choose, we recommend the following sequence:
- Pena Palace
- Quinta da Regaleira
- Monserrate Palace
- Moorish Castle
- National Palace.
Enjoy your trip!