Visit Sintra - Best of Sintra

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.

Sintra Travel Tips

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. 

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  • Save 11% Private Tour of Sintra and Cascais
    Private Tour of Sintra and Cascais15 Reviews

    Duration: 8 Hrs 30 Mins

    Experience the beauty of the villages of Sintra and Cascais as you learn about their history, culture, and cuisine. On board ...

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  • Save 11% Full-Day Sintra and Cascais Tour
    Full-Day Sintra and Cascais Tour9 Reviews

    Duration: 8 Hrs

    Get the chance to see the main monuments and sights in theunique fairy-tale villa of Sintra! Pena Palace, Quinta da Rega...

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  • Save 11% Private Full Day Tour of Sintra and Cascais
    Private Full Day Tour of Sintra and Cascais2 Reviews

    Duration: Flexible

    In this private 8 hour tour, youwill visit the most picturesque Palaces,and UNESCO World Heritage Sites! You will also see th...

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  • Sintra and Cascais Private Half Day Sightseeing Tour from Lisbon
    Sintra and Cascais Private Half Day Sightseeing Tour from LisbonNew on TripHobo

    Duration: 4 Hrs

    Spend half a day in the gorgeous Portuguese countryside during this private 4-hour tour of Sintra and Cascais from Lisbon. Ac...

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Facts and Stats for Sintra*

  • Pollution Statistics in 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)
  • Sintra: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Sintra for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Sintra.

    • Burglary and Theft 20.45 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 22.73 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 20.45 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 54.55 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 20.45 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 25 (Low)
    • Attacks 13.64 (Very Low)
    • Drug offense 34.09 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 97.73 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 75 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 22.73 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 13.64 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 29.55 (Low)
  • Living in Sintra - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 76.94 (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 24.62 (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.

  • Cost for Essentials in Sintra

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

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.17 USD
    • International Movie per seat 7.83 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 36.85 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 76.78 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 93.28 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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