Sintra, also known as Monte da Lua (Mount of the Moon), was classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site because it combines breathtaking landscapes and an extraordinary cultural and historical wealth.
Knowing this destination is mandatory for anyone coming to Portugal and that is why we have separated some tips for you to enjoy this magical place.
Suggested itinerary for a day:
Starting the day with a good breakfast is always an excellent option. There are many cafés in the historic center with an immense variety and alternatives for all tastes. We suggest the Piriquita pastry, where it is worth trying the famous Queijadas e Travesseiros, these are traditional sweets from the region.
In the main square of the historic center of Sintra we find the National Palace, original from the 14th century and which was a summer destination for many kings in Portugal. Its interior is decorated by several 16th century tiles.
Walking through the streets of Sintra will lead you to discover places such as small shops selling regional products, Quinta da Regaleira with all its Masonic symbolism, as well as restaurants serving typical Portuguese dishes.
After visiting the historic center, we suggest a break for lunch. You can choose a restaurant or have a picnic in one of Sintra’s parks or gardens.
In the afternoon we suggest you go up the mountain and marvel at the Park and National Palace of Pena. The Park has an immense variety of plants and trees from different parts of the world, a true botanical garden.
Then visit the Pena Palace that belonged to D. Fernando de Saxe-Coburgo Gotha and his wife D. Maria II. The site housed an old convent until it was restored by D. Fernando II in a romantic style from the 19th century and with Manueline and Moorish influences.
After enchanting the Pena National Park and Palace, it is worth visiting the Moorish Castle, built between the 8th and 9th centuries, a reminder of the Islamic presence in the region.
How to get to Sintra?
Carro – Sintra is located about 20km (12.43 Miles) from Lisbon. By car you can take the A16, the fastest route with about 35 minutes. Another suggested route along the IC19 road, with the possibility of stopping at the Queluz Palace.
Parking in Sintra is paid, being possible to park only in the duly marked areas.
Public transport – the train is the best alternative to reach Sintra. Departing from Lisbon, you will take the train from Rossio station to Sintra, the journey takes about 40 minutes. The timetables can be consulted at https://www.cp.pt/passageiros/en.
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