The first I’d heard of Sintra was just before the summer holidays at Cambridge University.
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
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.
2.) Palace of Pena
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.
3.) Pena Park
That forests of Pena Park look like something out of a fairytale.
We visited here after exploring Pena Palace and the Moorish Castle
5.) Quinta da Regaleira
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
The (ominously named) initiation Well is absolutely spectacular.
Again, this looks totally incredible and like a fairytale staircase that you’d imagine royalty living in.
7.) Sintra Village
The villages are so picturesque and everything you would dream a Portuguese village would be.
8.) Monserrate Palace
We totally loved visiting Monserrate Palace. There was a wedding taking place when we explored this area and it was so nice to see.
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.