25 Fascinating Photos of Sintra, Portugal That Will Make You Want To Go There Immediately

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

The view of the scenic Moorish Castle is beautiful from every viewpoint

The view of the scenic Moorish Castle is beautiful from every viewpoint

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.

Ready for the journey?! Let’s go!

Spectacular Parks, Gardens and Forests

The roads taking you uphill to Sintra already make you feel like entering the fairytale land

The roads taking you uphill to Sintra already make you feel like entering the fairytale land

Parks, gardens and forests of Sintra are full of hidden treasures

Parks, gardens and forests of Sintra are full of hidden treasures

Pena Palace with all its colours and shapes

Pena Palace in Sintra will amaze you with its intricate architecture

Highly recognizable Pena Palace in Sintra will amaze you with its intricate architecture

Pena Palace captivates your imagination with its decorative details full of fantasy

Pena Palace captivates your imagination with its decorative details full of fantasy

Infinitely many details embellishing Pena Palace make it truly remarkable

Infinitely many details embellishing Pena Palace make it truly remarkable

The views, the colours, the multitude of towers make Pena Palace in Sintra extremely photogenic

The views, the colours, the multitude of towers make Pena Palace in Sintra extremely photogenic

In Sintra the architecture melts into the nature

In Sintra the architecture melts into the nature

National Palace with its unique twin chimneys

The old town of Sintra with imposing National Palace

Old town of Sintra with imposing National Palace

The National Palace of Sintra with its uniquely shaped twin chimneys

National Palace of Sintra with its uniquely shaped twin chimneys

Splendid Blazons Hall in the National Palace of Sintra certainly has a 'wow' effect

Splendid Blazons Hall in the National Palace of Sintra certainly has a ‘wow’ effect

The Moorish Castle with its breathtaking views

The views from the Moorish castle in Sintra are breathtaking

The views from the Moorish castle in Sintra are breathtaking

The Moorish castle and the Pena Palace in Sintra, Portugal

When approaching the highest tower of the Moorish castle in Sintra, you also get closer to the Pena Palace on the neighbouring hill

Monserrate Palace with its subtle architecture

Fascinating luxurious Monserrate Palace

Fascinating luxurious Monserrate Palace

The subtle beauty of Monserrate Palace interiors

The subtle beauty of Monserrate Palace interiors

Monserrate Palace interior

Monserrate Palace interior makes you enter a different world

Sublime decor of the corridors of the Monserrate Palace in Sintra, Portugal

Sublime decor of the corridors of the Monserrate Palace

Quinta da Regaleira – the most mysterious estate on Earth!

Garden of Quinta da Regaleira will amaze you with its secret passageways in the caves, wells and under towers

Garden of Quinta da Regaleira will amaze you with its secret passageways in the caves, wells and under towers

The Masonic Initiation Well of the Quinta da Regaleira is a passage from the light towards the darkness that you will never forget

The Masonic Initiation Well of the Quinta da Regaleira is a passage from the light towards the darkness that you will never forget

Manueline architectonic details of the Quinta da Regaleira main palace are spectacular

Manueline architectonic details of the Quinta da Regaleira main palace are spectacular

Quinta da Regaleira is full of secrets, mystery and elements of surprise

Quinta da Regaleira is full of secrets, mystery and elements of surprise

Sintra with its luscious gardens and wonderful art is an extremely romantic place

Sintra with its luscious gardens and wonderful art is an extremely romantic place

There are countless towers and turrets in Quinta da Regaleira...

There are countless towers and turrets in Quinta da Regaleira…

The towers make you feel like in the playground - Quinta da Regaleira, Sintra, Portugal

…which make you feel like in the playground

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

Lovely old fashioned walled roads of Sintra add up to the town's charm

Lovely old fashioned walled roads of Sintra add up to the town’s charm

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?

Monserrate Palace is beautiful from every side and angle, Sintra, Portugal

Take your time to see Sintra well – it’s so much worth it. For me, it’s the most fascinating town of entire Portugal

If you have to choose, we recommend the following sequence:

  1. Pena Palace
  2. Quinta da Regaleira
  3. Monserrate Palace
  4. Moorish Castle
  5. National Palace.

Enjoy your trip!

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