Sintra is one of the most spectacular places to visit in Portugal. It is considered the most popular places in our country, the land of fairytale castles and palaces, once the former summer residence of the Portuguese Kings. There’s a lot to see and explore in Sintra. You would easily spend 3-4 days just visiting everything, and immerse yourself into the famous scene of the romantic architecture.
Most people don’t know, but Sintra became the Centre of Romantic Architecture in Europe in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s.
Land of Kings and Queens since our foundation (1143), became even more famous when wealthy people from all over Europe start coming to see what Sintra was about.
Famous guests such as Lord Byron (the famous Poet), and Hans Christian Andersen (have you heard about the “Little Mermaid”, “The Snow Queen”, or “The Ugly Duckling” ?
Yes, Hans had his inspiration here in Sintra ! But more! Richard Strauss, the famous leading composer of the Romantic period, and much more.
Sintra has a lot to do, but most guests have only a single day to visit.
Here are some suggestions for 10 things to visit or do in Sintra:
- Pena National Palace
- Moorish Castle
- Sintra National Palace
- Old Town of Sintra
- Regaleira Palace and Gardens
- Piriquita and Sapa Pastry Shop
- Moorish Fountain
- Monserrate Palace & Gardens
- Cabo da Roca
- Capuchos Convent
The places above cannot be seen in just a single day. But most of them can be seen from the exterior, with quick photos, and selecting one or two to visit inside, with a guided visit.
There are several options to visit Sintra, but definitely the most recommended one is on a private tour.
Here are three options to consider:
- Sintra Half-Day Tour: https://portugal-magik.com/tour/sintra-half-day-private-tour/
- Mystic Sintra Full-Day Tour: https://portugal-magik.com/tour/mystic-sintra-private-tour/
- Sintra + Cascais (Golden Triangle Private Tour): https://portugal-magik.com/tour/golden-triangle-private-tour-sintra-cabo-roca-cascais/
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