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Why Sintra
is special

It was the summer residence of Moorish leaders and, later, of Portuguese royalty. Today, it's forested hilly terrain is home to an architecturally interesting collection of monumental buildings and gardens.

Top 3
Sintra attractions

Pena Palace

It's an architectural fantasy of eclectic elements and brings to mind a Disney fairytale style setting. But what makes the mid-19th century Pena Palace particularly noteworthy is its vast and spendid garden-esque park.

National Palace

Portuguese kings and queens resided here from the 1400s until 1910. The National Palace is now a museum and is landmarked by its two towering conical chimneys.

Moorish Castle

It dates back to around 800 and now is a ruin. The Moorish Castle stands on top of the town's highest hill and offers a spectacular panoramic view. But you must first hike up a long steep walkway to reach the castle.

Other leading attractions

They include: Quinta da Regaleira (its garden is the star) Monserrate Palace (celebrated for its garden) Seteais Palace (now a hotel).

More Sintra
tips and insights

How to pronounce

Sintra = seen-trah

Day trip from Lisbon

Sintra is only about 40 minutes away by train and by road (if highway traffic is light). Best bet: Stay overnight because there's much more to see than a day trip allows. And you'll experience it when tour group crowds are absent, from late afternoon to mid morning.

Cabo da Roca side trip

The "Cape of the Rock" is approximately a half hour by car from Sintra. Its blustery viewpoint sits on a high steep-sided sea cliff overlooking the pounding Atlantic Ocean. The location is the most westerly point of continental Europe.

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