Perfect Sintra Day Trip from Lisbon

Sintra’s mix of beauty and history is unmatched in Portugal. You cannot visit Portugal without visiting Sintra town and at least one of the majestic palaces, castles, or gardens.

With more palaces, castles, and beautiful buildings than you have fingers, it’s impossible to see it all in a day. To help plan your day, I’ve listed five of Sintra’s most famous castles and palaces.

Pena Palace | Palácio da Pena

Pena Palace is surrounded by Jardins do Parque da Pena, 200 hectares of gardens, and a maze of paths through ancient woodland designed by King Ferdinand II to enthrall his guests.

The Moorish Castle | Castelo dos Mouros

While the castle is mostly in (beautiful) ruins, walking along the walls will transport you to another time. Take in the sweeping views in all directions the same way protectors of the past did.

Quinta da Regaleira

The Quinta da Regaleira estate never ceases to impress. Wander through the winding paths, climb up the narrow lookouts and step through the myriad of caves found throughout the property.

National Palace of Sintra

As one of the best preserved medieval residences in Portugal, the impressive rooms within are the perfect way to spend a rainy day in Sintra.

Monserrate Palace | Palácio da Monserrate

The stained glass windows, marble columns, symmetrical and geometric details, and impressive Islamic-inspired design offer multiple Instagram-worthy photo ops throughout the property.

Casa Piriquita

They have a few locations in town. Make sure you try the queijada—a local specialty that reminds you of a cross between cheesecake and buttermilk pie.

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