Sintra Tourism

Visit Portugal’s tiny fairyland Even Lord Byron could not help but lend a verse or two to describe the beauty of Sintra. The city of Sintra is situated fairly close to Lisbon and visitors will find it to be a welcome contrast to the clamour and crowds of the Portuguese capital.

For a large part of the 11th century, Sintra was part of the Iberian stronghold in the region. The influence of that Moorish reign is all pervasive in the castles and palaces in the city. The architectural designs one sees in Sintra are usually referred to as ‘Romanticist’ in nature it artistically combined different architectural and design techniques found from all over the world, Baroque, Gothic, Islamic, Mughal to name a few. When in Sintra, make it a point to explore at least one of its beautiful beaches. Also golf is a favoured pastime in the city.

The Serra Mountains and foggy forests of Sintra have blessed it with a wonderfully cool weather. Therefore even the Portuguese royalty considered this city as an ideal summer retreat. Today, visitors can enjoy the museums, palaces and gardens that the royals and the artists of Sintra have contributed to its landscape.

It is common for visitors to make a day trip to Sintra from Lisbon.

Essential travel information and Sintra tips for your visit

  • Wear comfortable shoes while at Sintra as some streets and monuments have uneven terrain.
  • Visit the Tourist Information Centre at ‘23 Avenida da Republica’ to get details of the main attractions at Sintra. They offer maps and guidebooks as well.
  • Sintra is a great place to purchase some port wine. Sintra is also known for its variety of cork based products. 

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Sintra

  • Know the pollution level of Sintra before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 20 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 60.71 (High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 45.83 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 29.17 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 29.17 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 20.83 (Low)
  • How safe is Sintra for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Sintra.

    • Burglary and Theft 18.75 (Very Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 20.83 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 18.75 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 54.17 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 18.75 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 22.92 (Low)
    • Attacks 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Drug offense 31.25 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 97.92 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 75 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 20.83 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 31.25 (Low)
    • Safety Index 78.02 (High)
    • Climate Index 98.71 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 36.26 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 15 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 74.87 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 23.98 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Sintra

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.22 USD
    • International Movie per seat 7.41 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 31.33 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 79.75 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 91.9 USD

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