10 Top Itineraries of Sintra

The best itineraries and sightseeing trips in Sintra and surrounding area.

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When visiting Lisbon, Sintra often ranks high on travellers' must-see lists, making it a popular day-trip destination. Renowned for its enchanting atmosphere and breathtaking sights, Sintra is easily accessible from Portugal's capital via public transportation. However, navigating the town by car can be challenging because of restricted areas and limited parking availability.

For day trippers, arriving early is key to beating the crowds and maximising your time exploring Sintra's iconic landmarks. Consider purchasing the Lisbon Card or Lisbon/Sintra Digital Pass to save money and skip the ticket queues. These passes can also unlock discounts for attractions in Lisbon, so purchasing them in advance is recommended.

To fully immerse yourself in the splendour of Sintra and its surroundings, consider extending your stay for a few days or even a week. With excellent transport connections, Sintra serves as an ideal base for exploring the region's hidden gems. Explore our top 10 recommended day excursions or opt for personalised travel planning with www.madaboutsintra.com for a truly unique experience. [ Email Us ] for further details.


Choose from the Rossio station in the heart of downtown Lisbon or from Oriente station: • Azambuja/Lisboa/Sintra line Timetable | Trains of Portugal Website

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Upon arrival by train, make your way to the Scotturb #434 bus stop conveniently located near the station entrance. Additionally, there is a bus stop in the heart of the old town for easy access. The Scotturb #434 bus follows a circular route, starting from the train station and ascending to iconic landmarks such as the Moorish Castle and Pena Palace. Plan for at least two hours to fully explore Pena Palace and consider pre-booking skip-the-line tickets online to bypass queues at the ticket office. [Book Now ►]

You may also opt to explore the expansive Pena Park, ideal for picnics and leisurely strolls, featuring attractions like the Chalet da Condessa d'Edla. Entrance to the Palace, park, and chalet is all covered with a single ticket. Alternatively, visit the Moorish Castle, located just a short walk from the bus stop. For added savings, consider purchasing a combination ticket online for both Pena Palace and the Moorish Castle. [Book Now ►]. Allow one to one and a half hours for your castle visit, and enjoy light refreshments at one of the cafeterias within the castle walls.

Afterwards, the #434 bus will return you to the old town of Sintra, where you can explore further attractions such as the National Palace of Sintra or Quinta da Regaleira. With early arrival, it's possible to visit three attractions in a day trip from Lisbon. Maximise your savings with The Lisbon-Sintra Pass for discounts on travel and attractions. | The bus #434 circular (Circuito da Pena) Return: €7.60 | One Way: €4.10 | Timetable


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Upon your arrival from Lisbon, seek out the Scotturb #435 bus stop conveniently located near the train station entrance. Another bus stop awaits in the heart of the old town, facilitating easy access to your destinations. This bus route is your gateway to exploring the enchanting Quinta da Regaleira and the captivating Monserrate Palace. Plan for a minimum of two hours to fully immerse yourself in the mystical gardens of Quinta da Regaleira. Afterwards, take a leisurely stroll back to the old town centre for a delightful lunch experience.

While in the old town, consider a visit to the Sintra Myths and Legends Interpretative Centre to deepen your understanding of Sintra's rich history. Alternatively, seize the opportunity to explore the iconic National Palace of Sintra.

With your bus ticket, you can continue your journey to the splendid Monserrate Palace, renowned for its stunning architecture and picturesque grounds. The #435 bus conveniently returns you to either the train station or the old town centre. Take advantage of discounts by using a Lisbon Card when purchasing tickets on location. | The Bus #435 – Villa Express & 4 Palacios Hop-On/Hop-Off: €5.50 | Timetable

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Save even more money with these popular combination tickets. Book with confidence with the FREE CANCELLATION option.

Park and Pena Palace + Castle of the Moors Combi-Ticket
Quinta da Regaleira + Park and Pena Palace Combi-Ticket
Park and Pena Palace + Monserrate Palace Combi Ticket
Quinta da Regaleira + Monserrate Palace Combi-Ticket
National Palace, Pena Palace & Castle of the Moors Combi-Ticket
National Palace + Quinta da Regaleira Combi-Ticket
Castle of the Moors + Quinta da Regaleira Combi-Ticket
Castle of the Moors + Monserrate Palace Combi-Ticket

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Just ten minutes away from the Sintra old town train station lies the Portela de Sintra train station in the newer part of town. Adjacent to its main entrance is the Paragem Rede Expressos - Sintra, serving as a hub for coaches and long-distance buses. Among these, the number 1633 bus, operated by Carris Metropolitana, offers one or two daily trips to the charming seaside town of Ericeira, with a journey time of approximately 50 minutes.

Ericeira's allure lies in its well-preserved medieval centre, characterised by narrow cobblestone pedestrian streets flanked by white lime-washed houses adorned with vibrant door and window trims. Renowned for its delectable seafood, Ericeira boasts restaurants serving the freshest catch sourced from its bustling fishing port, Porto de Pesca.

Beyond its traditional charm, Ericeira is a hotspot for the spirited surf community, boasting trendy bars and clubs. Recognised as Europe's inaugural World Surf Reserve in February 2011, Ericeira is committed to preserving its environmental, cultural, economic, and communal attributes that contribute to its status as a premier surfing destination. | The Bus #1633 – Ericeira (Centro Rodoviário) – Portela de Sintra Est. | Carris Metropolitana Website


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Sintra's iconic vintage tramway operates seasonally, offering a nostalgic journey from the heart of Sintra, near the Museu de Arte Moderna, to Praia das Maças on the scenic coast. This charming old tram rattles and clatters along an eleven-and-a-half-kilometer (7mi) route, traversing the picturesque Parque Natural de Sintra-Cascais and passing through Colares and Banzão en route. After approximately 45-50 minutes of bone-shaking travel, passengers arrive at the coast.

Praia das Maças welcomes visitors with its expansive sandy shores and a wealth of water sports amenities. Named after the Rio das Maçãs (Apple River) that flows into the sea at its southern end, this beach offers a delightful seaside experience. The quaint town of Praia das Maçãs has blossomed into a charming resort area, boasting numerous restaurants, cafes, bars, and artisanal shops. Ideal for families, Praia das Maçãs features a large outdoor swimming pool with slides, diving boards, and a children's pool, along with a playground and picnic area, ensuring a memorable day by the sea for visitors of all ages. | Old Tram Sintra - Praia das Maças Timetable | ONE WAY – Adult: €3.00, OAP & Child: €2.00, Infant Under 6: FREE | #1248 – Portela Sintra - Praia Maçãs | Carris Metropolitana Website

Lisbon Card


Be a savvy traveller and beat the queues at the Tourist Offices in Lisbon. Buy your Lisbon Card online in the comfort of your home before you travel. A voucher will be sent to your email and mobile phone to be redemed at Lisbon airport as you arrive saving you valuable holiday time.

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Situated between Sintra and Lisbon lies the magnificent 18th-century National Palace of Queluz. This architectural gem showcases a harmonious blend of Baroque, Rococo, and Neoclassical styles, reflecting the evolving social trends of its construction period. Conveniently, the train connecting Lisbon and Sintra stops nearby, with Queluz-Belas and Monte Abraão stations just a 15-20 minute walk away from the palace.

A visit to the National Palace of Queluz promises an enriching experience, with ample opportunities to explore its opulent interiors and breathtaking gardens. Plan to spend three to four hours immersing yourself in the palace's grandeur and the tranquility of its landscaped grounds.

For a unique cultural experience, don't miss the performances offered by the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art, located within the palace estate. To streamline your visit, consider purchasing your entrance ticket online in advance. Whether you're drawn to its architectural splendor or cultural offerings, the National Palace of Queluz invites you to step back in time and discover the opulence of Portugal's royal heritage. | • Azambuja/Lisboa/Sintra line | Timetable

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Just 16 km (10 mi) south of Sintra lies the vibrant coastal town of Cascais, a favoured destination for day trips. Boasting an array of sporting activities, recreational amenities, shops, and dining options, Cascais offers something for every visitor. Conveniently, regular buses depart from Sintra train station, providing easy access to this charming resort.

Once a quaint fishing village, Cascais retains its authentic allure with winding streets, numerous eateries, and a cosmopolitan atmosphere. Its pristine beaches beckon sun-seekers of all ages, while seafood restaurants tantalise taste buds with the freshest catch of the day. Meanwhile, boutique shops tempt visitors with unique souvenirs to commemorate their trip.

For travellers seeking a scenic journey, bus #1624 offers direct transportation to Cascais. Alternatively, those looking to add a touch of adventure can opt for bus #1253, which stops at Cabo da Roca before reaching Cascais, allowing passengers to explore this picturesque landmark en route. Whether you're drawn to its coastal beauty, culinary delights, or cultural charm, Cascais promises an unforgettable day excursion from Sintra. | Carris Metropolitana Website

Cascais & Cabo das Roca


Private Day Tour: Sintra, Cascais and Queluz Palace from Lisbon

Private Day Tour: Sintra, Cascais and Queluz Palace from Lisbon

Allow yourself to be seduced by the architectural beauty of Sintra on a private full-day tour departing from Lisbon. Delve into the opulent chambers of the Queluz National Palace before heading to the UNESCO-listed village of Sintra. After ascending Sintra Mountain, you’ll encounter Pena National Palace and then gaze at the Atlantic Ocean from Cabo da Roca, Europe’s westernmost point. Conclude your private tour with free time in the charming coastal village of Cascais before being returned to your accommodation.

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Sintra private tour, a dreamlike experience!

Sintra private tour, a dreamlike experience!

The tour will be a day trip where travellers can enjoy the different faces of Sintra. From the historic centre and the marvellous monuments to the coastline, where small villages are nestled between the rocks and the sea. The itinerary is designed in a way guests can visit the most popular spots. Discover the hidden treasures only the locals know of and taste the fantastic Portuguese cuisine. We will avoid crowds and your tour is 100% customisable.

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Quinta da Regaleira and wine tasting - All Inclusive

Quinta da Regaleira and wine tasting - All Inclusive

Come and enjoy our Quinta da Regaleira and Wine Tasting tour in Sintra! Come visit with us the highest exponent of the mystical aura of the mountains, down the famous The Initiation Well. After lunch in Colares, it is time to enjoy a magnificent wine tasting of the region that will conquer your palate. We will then board the charming tram that departs from Praia das Macas to bring you back to Sintra to enjoy the regional sweets. Finally, we will take you to your hotel by the Cascais road so you can enjoy the beautiful breathtaking scenery.

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Just a brief stroll from Sintra's old town train station lies the Portela de Sintra train station in the newer part of town. Positioned outside the main entrance is the Paragem Rede Expressos - Sintra, serving as the departure point for coaches and long-distance buses. Embark on an adventure with the number 220 bus, operated by the Mafrense bus company, offering a scenic 40-minute journey to Mafra.

Renowned as the residence of Portugal's grandest and perhaps most opulent structure, Mafra is home to the colossal Palácio Nacional de Mafra. This magnificent Baroque masterpiece, constructed in the 18th century, boasts a lavish façade that dominates the town's skyline. Housing a Royal Palace, a Basilica, and a Convent, this architectural marvel showcases a wealth of treasures, including Italian sculpture, Portuguese paintings, and an impressive library. With its towering bell towers, historic organs, and 18th-century hospital, Mafra's palace stands as one of Europe's premier attractions, offering a captivating excursion from Sintra. Maximise your experience by securing online bookings in advance, saving both time and money.
| Bus #2626 – Mafra - Portela de Sintra | Carris Metropolitana Website

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Nestled near Sintra, the Colares wine region stands as one of the world's oldest and most distinctive wine-producing areas. Second, only to the Douro, it holds the title of Portugal's second-oldest demarcated wine region. Dating back to Roman times, Colares boasts a rich winemaking heritage.
Characterized by its unique coastal terroir, the vineyards of Colares flourish in sandy soils, nestled perilously close to the Atlantic Ocean. Despite the challenges posed by oceanic winds, humidity, and salt spray, these vines exhibit remarkable resilience. They not only endured the harsh maritime conditions but also survived the devastating Phylloxera epidemic that ravaged vineyards across Europe..
Immerse yourself in the storied tradition of Colares wine by embarking on wine-tasting tours offered by the region's esteemed wineries. Explore the nuances of this exceptional wine while delving into the cultural and historical significance of the area. Afterwards, indulge in the local culinary delights at one of Colares' charming eateries, where you can savour traditional dishes paired perfectly with the region's renowned wines.

The Adega Regional de Colares winery is within easy reach of Sintra, Buses #1241, #1242, #1250, #1253, #1254 – Colares - Portela de Sintra | Carris Metropolitana Website

Sintra Full Day Small-Group Tour: Let the Fairy Tale Begin


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Embark on a journey through time with a visit to the Capuchos Convent, affectionately known as the Cork Convent, in Sintra. Established in 1560, this historic site was home to Franciscan monks who embraced a life of simplicity and communion with nature. Renouncing worldly pleasures, they crafted a humble abode that harmonized with the natural landscape.

Constructed with austerity in mind, the Capuchos Convent features a minimalist design, ingeniously using cork for both protection and adornment. The monks tended to the surrounding environment with meticulous care, preserving Sintra's indigenous flora for centuries to come.

While reaching this hidden gem may pose a challenge because of its remote location, several options are available for intrepid travellers. Navigate the narrow roads with your own vehicle or opt for eco-friendly transportation such as e-cars or e-bikes. Alternatively, guided tours offered by reputable travel companies provide convenient access to this unique attraction. Experience the serenity and historical significance of the Capuchos Convent, a testament to the enduring allure of Sintra's rich cultural heritage.

LAS Tours e-Car | 9hrs (approx.) [ Book Online ► ]
Park e-Bike | 8hrs (approx.) [ Book Online ► ]

Capuchos Convent

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Why not turn convention on its head? Instead of having a holiday in Lisbon and taking a day trip or two to Sintra, stay in Sintra and take day trips to Lisbon. The train service to Rossio takes you to the heart of downtown Lisbon whilst the service to Oriente stops at the former Expo '98. Lisbon might be Western Europe's smallest capital, but it is one of Europe's oldest and most fascinating. There's enough to see and do to keep you entertained for at least two or three days. Discover more about the delights of Lisbon on our sister website www.madaboutlisbon.com.

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