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Best things to do in Sintra

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

“Unesco world heritage site. One of the most beautiful romance style palaces in the world”
185 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“Don't miss this visit ! Two white chimneys visible from far away are towering over an impressively sized kitchen; there are fine examples of telework from several centuries, and the views from the palace over the lands are unique.”
89 locals recommend
“Quinta da Regaleira is an estate located near the historic center of Sintra, Portugal. It is classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO within the "Cultural Landscape of Sintra".”
92 locals recommend
“This Moorish Castle built in the 8th century is in the romantic playground of Sintra. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and no more than 25 minutes by car. My advise would be to take an Uber taxi to avoid winding, narrow roads and difficult parking. Alternatively bus tours are available or I can recommend a good driver for the day.”
69 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“CascaisShopping mall offers a large verity of shops including Fashion, Books, Electronics, Souveniers, Chinawear and Crockery, home furnishing and much more. The cinema and food court are very good. ”
85 locals recommend
“This is a must see! One of our favourite places in Portugal. This truly is a fairytale place with hidden caves & caverns, ancient wells, and palaces. It is also within the Sintra National park and a short drive from the villa. Words won't do this place justice!”
39 locals recommend
“One of the most beautiful places, just 30 minutes away from Lisbon. In case you take the day to visit Sintra, this is a mandatory stop!”
49 locals recommend
“Sightseeing and historic village. There are many thing to see in Sintra and it usually requires a day trip and some energy for the most curious.”
361 locals recommend
Pastry Shop
“Casa Piriquita offers the famous Queijada de Sintra which is what got this pastry shop started, and was propelled to success by King Carlos I. These delicious little pies have a crusty exterior and a soft inner batter made with cheese, sugar, eggs, flour and a little cinnamon. They are not too sweet and have a hint of a fresh cheese taste. Delectable!”
61 locals recommend
“The westernmost point of the European continent, was considered in antiquity to be the place where "the land ends and the sea begins" - the Cabo da Roca is one of the most spectacular locations in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park.”
37 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Fairy tale forests. You can lost in this beaufiful place. The nature grows everywhere in this wet serra. There is paths everywhere to you enjoy the flora, the big ferns and the smell of eucalyptus and pine. ”
29 locals recommend
“A dream-like mansion and garden, where sometimes classical concerts take place.”
17 locals recommend
Spiritual Center
“The Capuchos Convent is an old convent of the Order of St. Francis which is located in the Serra de Sintra”
26 locals recommend
“Cozy restaurant offers a variety of breakfast and coffee drinks, including the signature Portuguese style Galão coffee, which is similar to a latte or cappuccino.”
26 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“É o mais recomendado e o mais conhecido. It is the most recommended and best known.”
11 locals recommend
“Known for its "Queijadas", one of the specialties of Sintra, a crispy small cake made of cheese and cinnamon.”
17 locals recommend