Sintra Sights

There are various ways to get to Palácio da Pena, Castelo dos Mouros, and Convento dos Capuchos. You can take a local bus or a horse-drawn carriage, sign up for a tour, or make the long but pleasant walk up from the center of Sintra (about 1½ hours). It's possible to drive, but there's limited parking once you get there. However you choose to arrive, note that the walk back down to Sintra is delightful:

the route is through shaded woods with viewpoints under the cork trees.

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Castelo dos Mouros

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The battlemented ruins of this 9th-century castle still give a fine impression of the fortress that finally fell to Christian forces...

Convento dos Capuchos

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The plain main entrance to this extraordinarily austere convent, 13 km (8 miles) southwest of Sintra, sets the tone for the severity...

Museu Arqueológico de São Miguel de Odrinhas

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If your stay is longer than a day or so, then this museum is worth a visit. The displays include locally found ancient and medieval objects.

Museu do Brinquedo

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The former fire station headquarters has been transformed into the Toy Museum. Based on the collection of João Arbués Moreira, who...

Palácio Nacional de Sintra

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The conical twin white chimneys of Sintra Palace are the town's most recognizable landmarks. There has probably been a palace here since...

Palácio da Pena

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This Disney-like castle is a glorious conglomeration of turrets and domes awash in pastels. In 1503 the Monastery of Nossa Senhora da...

Parque de Monserrate

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This estate, 4 km (2½ miles) west of Sintra, was laid out by Scottish gardeners in the mid-19th century at the behest of a wealthy Englishman...

Quinta da Regaleira

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A five-minute walk along the main road past the tourist office takes you to one of Sintra's most intriguing privately-owned mansions.

Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna–Colecção Berardo

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In a former palace, this museum is one of several institutions (the main one being in the Lisbon suburb of Belém) that showcase the...


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The estatehere was laid out by Scottish gardeners in the mid-19th century at the behest of a wealthy Englishman, Sir Francis Cook. The...