The first I’d heard of Sintra was just before the summer holidays at Cambridge University.

This was when a group of us were heading out to Lisbon for a 4-day weekend to celebrate multiple friend’s birthdays and a classmate of mine at Cambridge suggested visiting Sintra, too. 

initially, I was a bit unsure. After all, this was my first time visiting Lisbon and as expected, there’s so much to see and do in Lisbon. In fact, I assumed I just wouldn’t get round to spending enough time in Lisbon let alone head off somewhere else.

Then I got to know more about Sintra.

Instantly,  I understood almost instantly why Sintra is a place you needs to visit in Portugal as soon as you get the chance to.

Here are the 8 reasons why a trip to Sintra is a definite must-do!

1.) Castelo dos Mouros

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The castle is a glorious and well worth a visit once in the Sintra area.

It’s totally gorgeous and one of the more rustic and ancient fortified ruins in the area. Make sure to spend a few hours exploring. 

Read more: Exploring the Moorish Castle of Sintra

2.) Palace of Pena

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I mean, Pena Palace is something out of a fairytale. We loved it and it’s only about 30-minutes from Lisbon.

Now, it can get pretty busy here; so make sure to spend some time exploring the best times to visit. If you can, try and avoid peak times as you will have to queue. 

It’s so lovely here. 

Read more: exploring Pena Palace

3.) Pena Park

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That forests of Pena Park look like something out of a fairytale.

We visited here after exploring Pena Palace and the Moorish Castle 

Read more: Exploring Pena Park

5.) Quinta da Regaleira

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It has Quinta da Regaleira, a UNESCO World Heritage site which spans for ages and is perhaps one of the most beautiful grounds across the land to spend an afternoon.

It’s so stunning. 

6.) Initiation Well

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The (ominously named) initiation Well is absolutely spectacular.

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Again, this looks totally incredible and like a fairytale staircase that you’d imagine royalty living in. 

7.) Sintra Village

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The villages are so picturesque and everything you would dream a Portuguese village would be.

8.) Monserrate Palace

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We totally loved visiting Monserrate Palace. There was a wedding taking place when we explored this area and it was so nice to see. 

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All in all, we spent a full day exploring Sintra and we’d definitely recommend it whilst seeing the best things to do in Lisbon

Read more: Things to know before visiting Sintra

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