City Breaks

8 Reasons to Visit Sintra

October 13, 2017

I was vacationing in Lisbon for a few days and it had been recommended that I visit Sintra, a town located just 30 minutes away by car.  At first I hesitated because there was already so much to see and do in the capitol (in so little time) but I decided to say “screw it” and hopped in a taxi.  I was so happy I did because the adventure was beyond worth it.  It is by far one of the most magical places I’ve been and I would recommend it to anyone traveling to Portugal.


Reasons to Visit Sintra

  1. It’s an easy day trip from Lisbon.  You can get there in half an hour by car or take the train that runs every 15 minutes for just 4 euros round trip.
  2. Palacio da Pena.  This is every castle lover’s dream.  It’s the showstopper of Sintra.  The photos speak for themselves.
  3. Castelo dos Mouros.  The old Moorish Castle is a gigantic fortress perched at the top of Sintra.  Climb the walls to get unparalleled views of Portugal stretching all the way out to the sparkling sea.
  4. The forests look like something out of a fairytale.  When I visited, the weather was extremely foggy, but that made it all the more magical.
  5. Quinta da Regaleira.  This UNESCO World Heritage site spans for ages and is one of the most beautiful grounds across Portugal to get lost exploring.
  6. The village is so picturesque.  The red rooftops, pastel coloured buildings, it is everything you would imagine a Portuguese village to be.
  7. The Masonic Initiation Well is just… wow.
  8. The history and beauty is truly remarkable and it will be a day trip you will never, ever forget!

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