Plan the Perfect Sintra Day Trip from Lisbon

One of the most popular day trips from Lisbon, in Sintra, you’ll find unimaginable fairytale palaces, a medieval castle, magnificent gardens with hidden treasures, and a beautiful historic center.

A day trip to Sintra is so unique it may even make you consider moving to Portugal.

Pena Palace | Palácio da Pena

Known for its brightly colored facade, the mountaintop UNESCO Heritage Site of Palácio da Pena sits atop Serra de Sintra as if hovering in the clouds.

The Moorish Castle | Castelo dos Mouros

You can catch a glimpse of the Moorish Castle from the streets of Sintra, as well as from Pena Palace. But the magic lies at the top of the mountain.

Quinta da Regaleira

Renowned for its immaculately landscaped gardens with hidden passageways and vertical tunnels, the Quinta da Regaleira estate never ceases to impress.

National Palace of Sintra

The National Palace is likely the first monument you notice as you enter the historic center of Sintra, its two white cones punctuating the town’s skyline.

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.

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