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City Guide | Sintra, Portugal

By Barbara Franco 


– Sintra is known for its palaces and Gardens and it is UNESCO World Heritage Site.

– During the beginning of the 20th Century Sintra used to be the summer residence of aristocrats and millionaires.


– It is just 40 minutes away from Lisbon by train departing from the Rossio Station – close to the Baixa

– You can also go by car from Lisbon – it is just 30 minutes driving.


– Bear in mind that the train station is in the town of Sintra and most of the main attractions are at the top of the mountain. You can get there walking during 45 minutes or taking the bus.

– Visit the Sintra National Palace, built during the XVI Century. It used to be the residence of the Portuguese Royal Family.

– Climb to the top of the mountain and visit the Palacio da Pena. It has been declared World Heritage and the sights towards the town are incredible.

– Don’t miss the Quinta da Regaleira, one of the most beautiful palaces. It has become quite famous lately so arrive early. The inverted tower is one of the main attractions of the garden.

– Despite being one of the less known buildings, the Monserrate Palace is worth a visit. The garden contains more than 3000 exotic species and the interior is a mixture of gothic and arabic styles.

– Try the famous Queijadas (made of cottage cheese) at Café Saudade.

– Eat the seafood rice at Restaurante Regional Sintra. Just make sure to ask the dish without coriander if you are not a fan.

– Sleep in Chalet Relogio, a bed and breakfast full of charm.  The rooms are beautiful and comfortable and they have free parking – very important if you go by car as there are not many spots in Sintra.


Normally people go just for the day, but if you stay overnight you will have enough time to visit everything.  

Barbara Franco lives and works in Madrid. She blogs about travels, food and animals at Chez Barbara. You can also find her on Instagram.

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