Best Things To Do in Sintra, Portugal

Are you looking for what to do in Sintra?

You might have a list of things to do in Sintra and the places where you want to spend the best moments of your trip. Places like Quinta Da Regaleira And The Inititation Wells and Moors Castle will make sure your dream destinations are ticked off. At the same time, the city offers you the best neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try.

With so many world-famous sites and attractions to visit, deciding on the best things to do in Sintra can be a daunting task. Visiting selective places and carrying the best memories is the best alternative. Don’t rush to see all of the attractions in Sintra on your first trip itself.

Sintra is the type of city that you will love to visit again and again. Every time you revisit Sintra you can keep unfolding the different sides of it. This list should help you in deciding and prioritizing what you should plan on your Sintra getaway. Find a mix of must-see tourist spots, underrated local hangouts, and maybe even a few new experiences you can try out.

Make the most of your trip to Sintra with confidence.

Tourist Attractions in Sintra

Here is the list of things to do in Sintra and tourist attractions in city.

  1. Quinta Da Regaleira And The Inititation Wells

    Art And Culture, Palace, Architecture , Heritage Building

    The Regaleira Palace is a huge, highly ornate structure and one that would put Downton Abbey to shame. Built in the early 20th century, Quinta Da Regaleira is the result and manifestation of its owner’s wild imagination and the handiwork of a gifted Italian architect. Carvalho Monteiro wanted to use the 10 acres of land to create a place that resonated his deep interest in alchemy, the Fr...Read more
  2. Moors Castle

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    Moors Castle

    Castle, Historical Site, Picnic Spot

    Moors’ Castle or Castelo dos Mouros (as it is locally known) is a medieval castle located on top of a hill. It was constructed in the middle of the 9th century when Portugal and Spain were under Islamic rule. In early 12th century it was seized by Afonso Henriques and his Christian army. Due to its location, it served as an important strategic point of defence for the region. A chapel was...Read more
  3. National Palace Of Sintra

    4.5 (4461 Votes)
    National Palace Of Sintra
    There is no dearth of royal castles and palaces in Portugal. But 15th century National Palace at Sintra is probably the best maintained palace in the country not to mention the most visited palace in all of Portugal. Visitors will find the palace grand both in size and beauty. The architectural beauty of the National Palace can be attributed to the eclectic designs chosen to adorn it. Visitors ...Read more
  4. Monserrate Palace And Park

    4.7 (2110 Votes)
    Monserrate Palace And Park
    Monuments in Sintra are often found to be built in the Portuguese Romanticist tradition which has a distinctly eclectic approach to design. The Monserrate Palace is no different in this regard. It was built in 1858 by an English architect in Gothic, Moorish and Mughal (Indian) designs. The Park area houses a wide variety of botanical riches. Plant species from across continents were brought to ...Read more
  5. National Palace Of Pena And Pena Park

    Religious Site, Park, Landmark, Historical Site

    Built in Romanticist tradition, the National Palace of Pena stands on a hill above the town of Sintra. During the medieval period, a small chapel was built on top of the hill after a supposed apparition of the Virgin Mary on the site. In the 15th century, the chapel was much revered by King John II and his successors. The structure experienced considerable damage due to lightning and a massive ...Read more
  6. Guincho Beach

    4.6 (1482 Votes)
    Guincho Beach

    Beach, Camp, Biking Trail, Entertainment

    The foothills of Sintra end in this gorgeous destination of Guincho Beach that opens up to the massive Atlantic Ocean. The beach is sort of a celebrity it was featured in James Bond’s ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’. This beach is a very popular spot for wind surfing and board surfing. Even if water sports are not your thing, take up the cycling route to this adorable ...Read more
  7. Capuchos Convent

    4.3 (1311 Votes)
    Capuchos Convent

    Religious Site, Historical Site, Architecture

    The meditative calm at Capuchos Convent draws you in. The 4th Portuguese Viceroy of India, Joao de Castro got lost hunting in these mountains and fell into an exhausted sleep in which he experienced a divine insight to build a convent on the site. The Convent was established by a group of monks in the 1560s to establish a new religious order in the region. Soon enough, the monks played an influ...Read more
  8. Toy Museum Or Museu Do Brinquedo

    Museum, Children Museum, Specialty Museum

    At the age of 14, Joao Moreira Arbues began collecting and preserving his toys. It started as a hobby and soon flowered into a passion for collecting different types of toys and seeking insight into their history and manufacturing process. Soon enough, every corner of Mr Moreira Arbues’s house was filled with toys.He handed over his collection to the Arbues Moreira Foundation, under which...Read more
  9. Adraga Beach

    4.7 (213 Votes)
    Adraga Beach

    Outdoors, Beach, Entertainment, Nature

    Adriga has been certified as a ‘Blue Flag’ beach, meeting the highest quality of water, safety, environment and visitor services. It was also voted one of the best 20 European beaches in 2003 by the British newspaper, Sunday Times.  It is a very popular destination during summer but you won’t have to struggle to find a place to spread your beach towel, unlike other Sintra...Read more
  10. Praia Da Ursa Or Bears Beach

    Outdoors, Beach, Nature

    Praia da Ursa is a wild beach located near Cabo da Roca in the Natural Park of Sintra-Cascais. Bear Beach is a place of fierce untouched beauty. Perhaps the rocky cliffs surrounding it have preserved it from excess activity. The huge rocks do lend their name to the beach it is named after Rocha Da Ursa (Bear Rock), a rocky cliff which resembles the shape of a bear holding a cub. There is a pair...Read more
  11. Anjos Teixeira Museum

    4.2 (194 Votes)
    Anjos Teixeira Museum

    Museum, Children Museum, Specialty Museum

    The Museum is an ode to the artistic works father and son sculptor duo Artur Anjos Teixeira and Pedro Augusto Anjos Teixeira. The building in which the Museum is located, used to be a stone sawmill. In the early 1970s, Pedro Anjos Teixeira donated his entire non-realist collection of sculptors and that of his father. Since then, the Museum has been opened to the public and has also served as th...Read more
  12. Adrenunes Dolmen

    Landmark, Heritage Building

    Sintra’s version of the English Stonehenge, Adrenunes Dolmen is a huge megalithic structure near Cape Roca. The place is situated on a hill 426 metre high and its origins are still a matter of great mystery. A passage on the premises is believed to have served as a cemetery during that period. The stones are oriented according to the rising and setting of the sun and the moon. Adrenunes D...Read more
  13. Cape Roca

    Outdoors, Beach, Walking Area, Entertainment

    At Cape Roca, you are literally at the edge of Portugal. Cae Roca is the westernmost point of Portugal and the European mainland. In the words of Portuguese poet Luis de Camoes, it is here that “…the land ends and the sea begins”.  At Cape Roca, you will find sandy beaches and tall rocky cliffs. The cliff also has a few remnants of a 16th century fort that was used as a ...Read more
  14. Queluz

    Neighborhoods

    A former civil parish in the municipality of Sintra, Queluz is a beautiful city that is full of surprises. This city has had human settlements dating back to the Late Neolithic or early Chalcolithic, making it one of the oldest cities in Portugal. The Jamor river flows through this city and Quezul has many parks for recreational purposes. Some of them are Forest of Queluz, Park of Salgueiro Ma...Read more
  15. The Palace Of Monteiro The Millionaire

    Palace, Heritage Building, Unesco Site

    The Palace of Monteiro The Millionaire, or the Quinta da Regaleira is a UNESCO World Heritage site and an exclusive estate located close to the historic centre of Sintra, Portugal. This estate houses within it a romantic palace, a chapel, and a luxurious park that features many lakes, grottoes, wells, benches, fountains. Formerly belonging to well-known Italian entomologist, Antonio Augusto Ca...Read more