Sintra Travel Guide

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    Royal Sintra!
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  • Palace De Pena, Sintra, Portugal
    Palace De Pena, Sintra, Portugal
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    Palace De Pena, Sintra, Portugal
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Sintra Things to Do

  • Quinta da Regaleira

    5 out of 5 stars

    "Man of scientific spirit, very large culture and rare sensibility...", is what I read in the leaflet received at the entrance of the park, about the man who conceived the place. I can't follow him! I find no harmony, no connection between the buildings, no rationality at all. Maybe... that's the idea. It's not easy to classify the place, but it...

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  • Palácio da Pena - Pena Palace

    Being almost a catalog of the prevalent aspects in Portuguese art, tiles couldn't be absent in Pena's Palace. One of the facades is totally covered by tiles. Beautiful? Well... it's a question of taste. It's not one of my favorite details.

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  • Castelo dos Mouros - Moorish Castle

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    It's nice to see the castle from the city, and its nice to see the views from the castle. But, compared with the other highlights of Sintra, I can't say that it deserves the 3.50 € charged at the entrance. If you have time, and being so close to the "obligatory" palace of Pena, you may include it in your plans. But there are plenty of more...

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  • Palácio Nacional de Sintra - Sintra...

    4 out of 5 stars

    In the centre of the city stands the most discreet of its public palaces, but the richer. Built from a Muslim palace, for several centuries it was suffering modifications and improvements. Its general look comes from the 14th century, but almost all our kings used it, always adding something. It's a good opportunity to understand the evolution...

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  • Monserrate Palace

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    For several years abandoned, this beautiful palace and surrounding park has been recuperated, and is again an interesting visit. The best information is gathered in its home page, but there's a short and precise description in: Portugal Virtual

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  • Sintra Toy Museum

    4 out of 5 stars

    Quite good collection of different toys.Interesting to children ( I think,we have none) and to us who have been child one day ;) Toys for different ages in 3 or 4 floors.Only negative thing was how bad the air was there.I allmost felt sick.And it was very hot-and I hardly ever say so.Maybe it´s better at some other time of the year than July.I hope...

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Sintra Restaurants

  • Café a Piriquita

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    I visited Piriquita cafe in March 2011 for one reason – to sample the local Queijadas de Sintra ("cheesecakes of Sintra"). I had just eaten lunch at Restaurante Alcobaca next door, but their dessert menu did not include queijadas, so I made my way to Piriquita instead. My guidebook recommended Piriquita as the best place to sample these local...

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  • Tulhas Bar and Restaurante

    A small unpretentious restaurant - bar in a historical building. I had a good dish of baked cod au gratin layered with mashed potatoes, and a truly great cheesecake. The manager was attentive, but once the TV was on, with a soccer game, the staff was glued to it. All the other customers (2 tables) were also Americans, but not Ugly Americans....

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  • Por do Sol

    while travelling through small villages in Portugal, you'll find loads of restaurants with this name, which means Sunset. Quite romantic. But this one is very special. You won't find hard to find it onde you get to Azenhas do Mar, the very small village it "lives" in. The village itself is a charm, and the restaurant it's set up the hill with a...

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Sintra Nightlife

  • historic centre by night

    already described you the historic centre as the main feature in Sintra. having the oportunity of strollin by night through it's narrowed streets and wonderfulll spots to look for and apreciate. and if you´re a photo lover just grab the camera and shoot at will.... at night

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  • What nightlife?

    Sintra is much more a city of culture than of nightlife and you'll find plenty of museums including a toy museum, a modern art museum and this regional museum located in the Old Quarter.

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Sintra Transportation

  • trains to/from Lisbon

    It's very easy indeed to take the train from Lisbon's Rossio station (on Rossio square in the heart of the city) to Sintra. There are very frequent trains and journey time is around 45 minutes. You can find train times, details and fares in English on the Portuguese railway website below. Click 'Urban Lines' on the left-hand menu and then...

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  • buses around town

    Standing atop a steep hill, Pena palace may represent one of two things: a very hard walk in a fabulous landscape, with signposted indications and attractions on the way, or the need of motorized transport. Getting there by car it's easy (good signals) but parking is not so easy. A good solution is the public bus, using line 434, that starts in...

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  • horse-drawn carriage

    right at the historic centre a horse carriage taxi spot. very tipical and gorgeous scene. they are there to take tourists up the hill, about 4/5 miles to the pena parque and passing the moorish castle. sure is a charming way to go up, but, i must warn you: not the cheapest way. in fact, 100 euros for a 20 minutes ride, sure is expensive. if you...

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Sintra Shopping

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  • ceramics, tiles and lace

    I didn[t spend a lot of time shopping in Sintra, but there were a few lovely shops selling wonderful and colourful ceramics. Many good souvenir stores, with my favourite item being embroidered linens such as tablecloths, hand towels, aprons and decorative tea towels. Also many stores selling Portugal's symbol - the Rooster. There were some...

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  • open air markets

    Lots of clothes (my husband bought short-pants,witch tored out at first wash :D I´m not sure what would be a good thing to buy here.Nothing is very good quality.Maybe beatch-clothes?Maybe you will find something nice-who knows. Lively market is held in the suburb of São Pedro on the second and fourth Sundays of each month. Markets are fun to visit...

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  • Fine things.

    At Artnis' you can find a large choice of home textils. It is quite a large shop. Here you can buy table cloths, napkins, dish cloths, bath towels. At Arnis' they also sell clothes and accessories for small children; soaps, candles and other items.

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Sintra Local Customs

  • Fado music

    Fado first appeared in Portugal at the end of the eighteenth century, as a nostalgic form of song favoured by sailors. Its name derives from the Latin word fatum, meaning 'fate' or 'destiny', being sure of one`s own existence, and of the suffering and happiness that guide our lives. In 1820, fado became popular in Lisbon and was best embodied in...

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  • local architecture

    While the climate is described as Mediterranean, the low cloud descends the mountain, there is quite an eerie feel when walking the narrow streets and lanes. The rainy times are in autumn and spring but generally sunny from April to October.

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  • fountains

    I decided to walk up the steep hill to the Moorish Castle and walked past the Sabuga Fountain and noticed a couple of people filling up large water bottles and placing them in a van. I’m sure it was for their own consumption and that they weren’t selling it on to the general public! There’s a local saying that says “anyone who drinks Sabuga water...

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Sintra Warnings and Dangers

  • Steep City

    Sintra is a pleasure, but not easy to visit. At the edge of the mountain, most streets are very steep and narrow. With the attractions spread in the mountain, a private or public car is necessary, but parking is not easy. Try to be in good condition when visiting and the city wonders will make you forget the effort.

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  • Parking

    Parking is not easy in Sintra, and that is a real problem, since car is the best way to visit it. Downtown, the best solution is the sightseeing point at the entrance, and the following road (in the way back). In Pena things are even worse. The castle's park, a few hundred meters distant, is, sometimes the only solution, but in peak days even that...

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  • Expensive Sintra

    I also echo what others have said about how expensive entrance fees are in Sintra, made even worse by our poor British pound being virtually worthless against the Euro. This is particularly evident when visiting the Moorish Castle and Pena Palace. I can’t remember how much the castle was, if visited on its own, but the Pena Palace is €12! If you...

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Sintra Tourist Traps

  • A "miradouro".

    Miradouro de Sintra is locates not far from the train station. It would be a nice place to spend some hours resting and looking at the Nacional Palace and the surrounding area if they would clean it now and then. In fact that place is a pidgeons' sanctuary and so you find their product there.

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  • Expensive Sintra

    Given the huge numbers of visitors Sintra receives, it's not surprising that there are plenty of tourist traps. Almost every resturant and cafe is aimed at tourists and prices are far higher than in Lisbon. If you stay away from the centre of town you might find better value places.

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  • Money For Nothing

    We arrived about 09:05 on a Sunday morning (we set out early from Lisbon to avoid the masses) but found out on arrival that many other tourists had the same idea.The first thing that got me was that the parking cash machines operate EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK, so this meant cash every two hours on a Sunday. Somehow things didn’t work out, this system...

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Sintra What to Pack

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    by acemj Updated Jun 15, 2003

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: A raincoat would be a good idea if you come in the winter.

    Photo Equipment: As always, don't forget your camera. You'll want a good telephoto to capture the hilltop palaces from adjacent hills and to see down to the valley below.

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Sintra Off The Beaten Path

  • Pena Park & Cruz Alta Point

    Sintra has so many interesting points to visit, that most tourists visit the palace and skip the park. If you have time, don't do it. The park has a great botanical variety, and some views are great. Remember - the ticket to the palace includes the park, and you may also visit only the park. If you are visiting also the other monuments check for...

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  • Quinta da Regaleira

    This estate was built between 1904 and 1910. It was designed by an Italian architect; Luigi Manini for a wealthy Brazilian merchant; Antònio Augusto Carvalho Monteiro. Here you can visit a palace, built in neo-Manueline style, a chapel and a very beautiful garden with fountains, grottoes, turrets and a lake. Quinta da Regaleira is located about...

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  • Monserrate

    This park was landscaped in the 18th century by a wealthy Englishman; William Beckford. Around half a century later, another rich Englishman; Francis Cook transformed the gardens and rebuilt a mansion. This looks like an Oriental palace. Here you can stroll among local and exotic plants. When I went there, this park was quite neglected, but lately...

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  • Palácio da Pena - Pena Palace

    "I offer a candy to who guesses Pena's style". It's a funny challenge: what style? All of them are there, but none of them dominant. The palace seems to be a collection of styles and influences, without any kind of option or preference. Maybe kitsch, maybe revivalist, maybe too complex, maybe humorist, maybe an accident, it is there, and...

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  • historic town center

    Green - that's the word that better describes Sintra. The steep hills topped with castles and palaces are all covered by a marvelous carpet of gardens and woods, filling the spaces among the classical buildings carefully integrated in the landscape. Circulating and parking is hard, but... who cares?

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  • Castelo dos Mouros - Moorish Castle

    The "jungle" that has grown up around and even INSIDE Castelo dos Mouros, can at times be amazing, take these photos for instance. We are standing below, beside, on or even inside walls of stone, several meters high and looking out you can barely notice them for all the greenery.

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Seteais Palace
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Palácio Nacional de Sintra - National Palace of Sintra
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Fair of São Pedro
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