Sintra Old Town (Vila Velha)
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The terrain splits Sintra into several distinct districts. The area around the train station is known as Estefânia. It is usually the first part of Sintra people encounter as they step off the train or bus. Here, there are many cafes and eateries. Here too you’ll find a small tourist office inside the train station and vendors offering various tours. From here, take a pleasant stroll to the historical centre (Centro Histórico) or hop on the number 434 or 435 bus. The historical centre is also known as the Vila Velha and sits in the São Martinho district. The old town is often bustling with tourists, especially at lunchtimes. However, there are several back streets worth exploring and escape the maddening crowd. Further up the hill is the separate village of São Pedro de Sintra and its old church of the same name.


Town Hall (Câmara Municipal)

Town Hall (Câmara Municipal)

Those who take the fifteen minute walk to the old town will be rewarded with some delightful sights. The first marvel you will encounter is a stunning Neo-Gothic building, a foretaste of Sintra's obsession with romanticism. Built on the foundations of the former chapel of São Sebastião between 1906 and 1909, the town hall is a fine example of revivalist architecture with exaggerated styling of medieval influences. Its striking clock tower is a dominant feature of Sintra's skyline. The central spire is adorned with green and white tiles emblazoned with the Portuguese coat of arms. The spire is topped by an armillary sphere and flanked by four smaller spires. The edifice is decorated by false crenellations and arched Neo-Manueline windows. Sadly, the public cannot appreciate the ornate interior, as it's a working building.
Largo Dr. Virgilio Horta,2714-501 Sintra, Portugal. | 38° 47' 56.6" N | 09° 23' 17.0" W
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Leaving the town hall behind you and continuing your walk to the old town centre along the Volta Duche road. As you advance along Volta Duche, you'll encounter numerous sculptures, either permanent or temporary fixtures, by local artists. Here too, you'll find artisans selling their crafts such as jewellery, figurines and paintings. The name "Volta Duche" refers to former public baths, which were founded here in 1848. Today the natural spring which fed the baths serves the local water supply.

Queijadas da Sapa

Along the way, you'll encounter the famous Queijadas da Sapa bakery. They have been baking Sintra's famous little cheesecakes since 1756. Today they are still hand made in the traditional yet time-consuming way. They can be bought directly from here or at various other outlets across town. A six-pack makes a great souvenir.
12 Volta Duche, 2710-631 Sintra, Portugal. | 38° 47' 53.7" N | 09° 23' 17.2" W | +351 219 230 493
Weekdays: 09h30 – 18h00, Weekends: 09h30 – 18h30, Mondays: CLOSED

Parque da Liberdade

Often passed unnoticed is the entrance to Sintra's public park, the Parque da Liberdade, which has seen continual refinements since its inauguration in 1937. The park makes a great place to relax, with ample seating and picnic areas. Take advantage of the shading provided by over 60 different species of trees, many exotic with information plaques. The elegantly landscaped and biodiverse gardens extend up the hill, intersected by narrow tracks sprouting off the main paths. Also inside the park, you'll find the Virtual Theatre that describes the first encounter between Portuguese explorers and the peoples of Japan in the 16th century. Sports facilities have also been added over the years, with the addition of tennis courts and a skating rink.

Fonte Mourisca

Back on the Volta Duche, once you have turned the corner you'll see the magnificent Fonte Mourisca fountain on your left and the entrance to the Anjos Teixeira Museum on the right.

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Volta Duche

Volta Duche

Parque da Liberdade

Parque da Liberdade


The Largo Rainha Dona Amélia

The Largo Rainha Dona Amélia

The National Palace of Sintra

The National Palace of Sintra

The Largo Rainha Dona Amélia is the main square in the old town and the first place you'll encounter if you arrive by coach or took the bus from the train station. The square is flanked on three sides by restaurants, gift shops and overpriced wine shops with narrow side streets branching off and ascending the hill. In the Rua das Padeiras there is the famous Piriquita café. This long-established family business specialises in local pastries and delicacies, most notably Sintra's famous Queijadas and Travesseiros.
Daily: 08h30 – 20h00, Closed Wednesdays

1 & 18 Rua das Padarias, 2710-603, Sintra.
+351 219 230 626 | |  Website


The pillory or Pelourinho standing on its three steps next to the Largo Rainha Dona Amélia is a 20th-century copy made in 1940 by José da Fonseca. The original was destroyed in 1854.

Igreja de São Martinho

Often overlooked, the Igreja de São Martinho church has occupied its position just off the Largo Rainha Dona Amélia since the 12th century. During its long history, it has been heavily restored and rebuilt. Notably in the 13th century and following the devastating 1755 earthquake. Today the original structure remaining is the Gothic chancel, visible from the outside, including the 14th Century stone plaque of Margarida Fernandes, and inside three Portuguese-painted wood panels dating from the middle of the 16th Century depicting Saint Martin and the Beggar, Saint Peter and Saint Anthony.

The National Palace of Sintra

The Palace dominates the old town centre and stands out from miles around with its distinctive chimneys. It originates from the Moorish occupation of the area and became the property of Dom Afonso Henriques, in 1147 following the Christian conquest of Sintra. The building maintains an arabesque demeanour and has been an influence on subsequent Portuguese architecture. Sintra National Palace is one of the most popular attractions in Portugal and is a treasured national monument. If you have the opportunity to visit you should consider spending about an hour and a half exploring the palace. [ More About ► ]


National Palace Skip The Line Ticket


With this entrance ticket, you can gain entry to The National Palace of Sintra at your leisure. Buy online before you arrive to avoid queues and have the convenience of the e-ticket on your phone…

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Opening Times

Park, Daily: 09h30 – 18h30, (last admission 18h00)

Contact Details
2710-405 Sintra, Portugal.
38° 47' 50.5"N | 09° 23' 25.9"W | +351 219 237 300 |  Website

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The Bus #434 – Circuito da Pena
This circular service is operated by Scott URB and ideal for those arriving from Lisbon by train. The route starts outside of the Sintra train station (NOT Portela de Sintra station), up the hill to Sintra Old Town centre where you'll find the National Palace and most of the towns restaurants, cafés and shops. From here it continues to meander up the steep windy road to the Moorish Castle (Castelo dos Mouros). The bus continues its hike to the Pena Palace (Palácio da Pena) and its surrounding park before descending back down to the train station. At a push then it's possible to do all three attractions in one day however two is sufficient, especially if you're considering having lunch in the town centre. Tickets are bought onboard from the driver.
Return: €7.60 | One Way: €4.10 | Timetable
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If you're travelling by bus from Cascais or Estoril consider buying a All Day Ticket valid on Scott URB network. Buy from ticket office or driver. Turístico diário:€ 15.00

If you're travelling by train from Lisbon consider buying a Train & Bus Ticket valid on Scott URB network and the CP Urban train network. Buy from ticket office. Turístico diário: € 15.80

Scott URB 434 bus

Scott URB 434 bus


Lawrences Hotel

Lawrences Hotel ★ ★ ★ ★

Lawrence's Hotel has country-style accommodation featuring a library and an elegant restaurant with French windows. Set in a renovated countryside manor, it boasts rooms fitted with antique furniture. All rooms feature an old-world décor that includes decorative headboards and eiderdowns. Each one is air-conditioned and has a satellite TV and plush armchairs in the lounge area. Each private bathroom has a bathtub.

Guests can enjoy international and regional dishes, including seafood, homemade bread and cake in the on-site restaurant. The bar is open until late and serves speciality wines and aperitifs. Lawrence's Hotel is a short walk from Sintra Old Town and near the Quinta da Regaleira.

Rua Consigliéri Pedroso, 38-40, 2710-550 Sintra, Portugal. | 39º 39" 24.7' N | 08º 49" 25.6' W

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Casa da Pendôa

Casa da Pendôa

Ideally located in a narrow lane just behind the main square in the old town and yet a quiet hideaway from the tourist crowds. Housed within a traditional building, these apartments have been tastefully and modernly renovated. Each room includes a fully equipped kitchen or a kitchenette, a private bathroom and a flat-screen cable TV. Guests are warmly welcomed first by an introduction to the region and then with a welcome basket including half a bottle of a family made Port.

2 Largo da Caracota, 2710-547, Sintra, Portugal. | 38º 47" 46.6' N | 09º 23" 22.3' W

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Sintra Boutique Hotel

Sintra Boutique Hotel ★ ★ ★ ★

Located in the historic centre of Sintra, this boutique hotel offers rooms and suites with views of the old town and Sintra-Cascais Natural Park. It has a landscaped garden where guests can relax at the courtyard bar. Its modern, spacious rooms contain flat-screen TVs and are all individually decorated. Each has a private bathroom that comes with free toiletries. Free Wi-Fi is also provided.

The Sintra Boutique Hotel offers a fine restaurant serving contemporary Portuguese cuisine made from locally sourced ingredients. Breakfast can be prepared upon request.

Rua Visconde De Monserrate nº48, 2710-591 Sintra, Portugal. | 38º 47" 46.6' N | 09º 23" 22.3' W

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Café Saudade

Café Saudade

The perfect place if you want a quick break in-between visiting monuments and to avoid the hubbub of the lunchtime rush at Sintra's restaurants. Here you'll encounter great food at moderate prices and served by friendly and attentive staff in a vintage surrounding. Within the labyrinth of carefully restored rooms, you'll encounter pieces of art from locals artists and antique furniture. The delights of the menu include homemade cakes and pastries, a selection of sandwiches, paninis and snacks. There is an interesting choice of teas and infusions, freshly squeezed juices and an array of coffees. Set menu options for breakfasts and brunches are also available.

Daily: 08h30 - 20h00
6 Avenida Dr. Miguel Bombarda, Sintra, Portugal. | 38º 47' 55.1" N | 09º 23' 13.5" W
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Lawrence's Hotel Restaurant

Lawrence's Hotel Restaurant

Known historically as a restaurant with rooms, the Lawrence's offers you fine dining in a refined yet friendly environment. Although it's only a short stroll from the centre, its location feels far from the madding crowd and hordes of tourists. As expected from a restaurant of a fine reputation, the staff are very courteous and professional. The high standard of the food on the menu is equally matched by its wine list.

Daily: 12h30 - 15h00/19h30 - 22h00
Rua Consiglieri Pedroso 38-40, Sintra 2710-550, Portugal. | 38º 47" 45.5' N | 09º 23" 33.0' W
+351 244 764 174 | |  Website

Cantinho de São Pedro

Cantinho de São Pedro

This wonderfully rustic and moderately priced restaurants serves Portuguese and continental dishes and is well worth visiting if you find yourself in the São Pedro district. Refreshingly less touristy than restaurants found in the centre and popular with local people. Portions are typically large and cooked to a high standard. For those who don't have huge appetites feel free to ask for a half portion or "meia dose".

Daily: 12h00 - 15h00/19h30 - 22h00
Praca D. Fernando II 18, São Pedro de Sintra, Sintra 2710-483, Portugal. | 38º 47" 56.1' N | 09º 23" 09.4' W
+351 219 230 267 | |  Website

Sintra's historical centre is 29km (18 miles) west of Lisbon Portela Airport Website


The speedy A5 and A16 motorways will whisk you west from central Lisbon. A more picturesque routes from Cascais via the Parque Natural de Sintra-Cascais on the A16 and N247.

Latitude - 38º 47' 56.6" | Longitude - 09º 23' 15.9"

Urban train services (comboios urbanos) from Lisbon's central train station Rossio are regular and reliable.
• Azambuja/Lisboa/Sintra line Timetable
Trains of Portugal Website

ScottURB run services around Sintra and Cascais:

• 403 - Cascais to Sintra train station via Cabo da Roca and Colares.
• 418 - Estoril train station to Sintra train station.
• 403 - Cascais to Sintra trainstation via Cabo da Roca and Colares.
• 434 - Circular route linking Sintra train station, old town centre, the Moorish castle and Pena Palace.
• 435 - Circular route linking Sintra train station, old town centre, Palácio da Regaleira, Palácio de Seteais and Palácio de Monserrate.
Timetables | Scott URB Website