Discover the enchanting town of Sintra, nestled north of Lisbon amidst the stunning forests of the Serra de Sintra and bordered by the Atlantic Ocean. Once known as "Cintra," Sintra has long been a magnet for royalty, poets, and romantics, earning praise from Lord Byron as a "glorious Eden." With its plethora of palaces, castles, and fine houses, Sintra exudes an aura of whimsy and eccentricity, captivating visitors with its unique charm.
Recognised by UNESCO in 1996 for its unparalleled heritage, Sintra boasts millennia of history reflected in its abundance of monuments and attractions. Conveniently accessible via local public transport, visitors can explore top sites such as the Moorish Castle and Pena Palace using dedicated bus routes like #434 and #435.
For those seeking outdoor adventures, well-marked hiking routes offer breathtaking landscapes and glimpses into ancient history. After a day of exploration, indulge in Sintra's diverse culinary scene, explore our comprehensive restaurant reviews and cuisine guides.
Extend your stay and use Sintra as a base for exploring nearby attractions like the scenic coastline, Cascais, Estoril, and much, much more. Let MADABOUTSINTRA.COM be your ultimate resource for hotel reviews, car rental deals, and everything you need to make the most of your Sintra adventure.
Sintra's vintage tramway resumed its seasonal service from the centre of Sintra, close to the Museu de Arte Moderna, to Praia das Maças on the coast. This rickety old tram squeaks and judders 11.5km (7 mi) through the picturesque Parque Natural de Sintra-Cascais, passing through Colares and Banzão along the way. Bones are shaken for about 45-50 minutes before reaching the final destination.
Old Tram Sintra - Praia das Maças Timetable
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Variations of Queijadas, sweet cheesecake-type pastries, are found all over Portugal and the Portuguese-speaking world. It is in Sintra they have their origin and are well worth trying if visiting the town. Made from a ricotta-like cheese called Requeijão, egg yolks and a pinch of Cinnamon. They're incredibly rich in texture and sweet, with a fluffy sweet top crust. The exact recipe is a closely guarded secret. There are records of Queijadas being baked at the Convento da Penha Longa since 1227AD. Queijadas were even used as part payment for rent.
The Queijadas da Sapa bakery has proudly been making these little delights since 1756 and continues to be made in the traditional yet time-consuming way. Queijadas can be bought directly from the bakery, (located close to the Sintra train station) or from various other outlets across town. A six-pack makes an excellent culinary souvenir.
Sintra's historical centre is 18 miles (29km) 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.
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