Located 30 kilometers outside of Lisbon, the town of Sintra is famous for its extravagant palaces, dewy forests, and historical charm.
Taking the train to Sintra is an easy and cost-effective option. Trains depart every 15-30 minutes from central Lisbon and takes ~45 minutes.
Take the line 434 or 435 bus, which makes stops at all of the notable castles and monuments. Other ways to get around include taxis, ride-sharing, or by tuk tuk. Walking is not recommended.
The most famous palace in Sintra, Pena Palace features tall Romance-style towers and vividly painted facades that look straight out of a Disney movie. Go early to avoid crowds!
The most accessible palace to the historic town center, the National Palace of Sintra dates back to the 8th century. It is the most lived-in royal residence in Portugal.
The sprawling Quinta da Regaleira is full of lush trees, vegetation, ferns, and hidden pathways. Do not miss the Initiation Well, built seven stories into the ground .