Things to do in Sintra

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Things to Do in Sintra

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  • NoWorriesTravel
    San Jose, CA60 contributions
    Absolutely lovely. Gorgeous history. Great interiors. Glorious setting. Worth the trip.

    Go early ... it gets crowded.
    Written 17 August 2022
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  • B1714D
    Belgrade, Serbia14,267 contributions
    Well, the main Sintra attraction is certainly the Pena palace, but be prepared for huge lines to enter it.
    Contrary to that, the Moorish castle on the next door hill didn't have waiting time at all. However, be well prepared for an exhausting climb, specially in summer months - bring plenty of water, sunscreen and hat, and sneakers (flip flops could be dangerous). I do not advise it for the elderly and people with very small kids.
    Once up, you'll be amazed with terrific views all around. It's literally a storybook castle perched on a hilltop and very well preserved considering its age (9th cent).
    Written 1 August 2022
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  • ramblinggirl67
    Atlanta, GA671 contributions
    This is such a unique palace! I’m a sucker for castles and palaces and this one is likely the most unique one I’ve visited. It’s worth making the trip out of Lisbon. We were surprised by how busy it was on a Wednesday morning in April - not sure if it’s like that all the time or if it was spring break or something. But it was worth the line.
    Written 11 August 2022
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  • Nina E
    Joplin79 contributions
    The ornate decor and pleasing gardens make this a fascinating place to visit. It was not very busy when I was there, which helps!
    Written 3 June 2022
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  • Corina Poșircă
    Porto Salvo, Portugal22 contributions
    Some tips:

    1. Wear snickers, not sandals or flip flops, as you can slip.

    2. The climb is a bit steep on some areas, so you will need to rely on your legs and hands.

    3. There are no amenities on the beach, so bring some drinks and snacks with you.

    4. The water is very cold and there are many waves.

    5. You will encounter some nudists.

    6. There are places where you can park the car/motorcycle.

    We've spent a lovely day and we will return there; it felt very peaceful.
    Written 10 August 2022
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  • Vanessa F
    2 contributions
    Do not miss! Wonderful place. Generally everyone waits hours to get into Pena Palace so the line here is not usually long. Its less crowded and magnificent. You could easily spend a few hours here.
    Written 6 July 2022
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  • glowbe_trottah
    Toronto, Canada321 contributions
    Purchase tickets in advance which will save time. Avoid bringing stroller as it’s steep hills. I had a big vehicle and parked in one of the parking lots close to the castle. Driving is fine, unless you are not a confident driver.

    Inside the entrance, it’s about 15 min uphill hike to the castle. Then another long line to get into the castle which can be over 30 mins. Once inside the palace, it’s a slow moving line as people are taking pics etc and it’s all one-way. There’s a restaurant on terrace which is typically quite busy. And before getting to the castle there’s a small canteen too with shaded area to sit where we ate. We had several small kids so this area was suitable.

    The castle line takes a long time so with small kids you can see if you can bypass the line.

    Overall, it’s like many other castles around the world. Good information plaques on some of the walls and rooms. Lots of space to take pics on the terraces.
    Written 12 June 2022
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  • B1714D
    Belgrade, Serbia14,267 contributions
    The historic town of Sintra is nestled among several steep hills dominated by the Moorish castle and Pena palace.
    It's a beautiful small compact area to spend a couple of hours wandering its streets - cute cafes, shops, picturesque alleys,...just beautiful.
    Written 1 August 2022
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  • Trish222
    West Vancouver, Canada12 contributions
    While in Sintra you must take the 45 min. tram ride out to the seaside. This single tram car bumps and screeches along the twisty and sometimes narrow track whilst the 'conductor' spins the brake wheel back and forth while stomping on the whistle. Great fun and very affordable at 3 euros each!! Enjoy
    Written 14 May 2022
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  • KimofOz
    Greater Sydney, Australia118 contributions
    We were so happy we included this palace as part of our exploration of Sintra and definitely recommend it. We found the palace and grounds to be magical, especially in the latter part of the day. The grounds are a bit wild giving a sense of mystery and contrast to the perfect interiors of the palace. The palace itself is Moorish and just lovely in its reconstruction. Be sure to visit the top floor where you can see pictures of its occupants and learn its history - a bygone era. It was easy to get an Uber to/from as the bus didn't seem to run regularly.
    Written 4 July 2022
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  • hans-jaguar
    Santa Comba Dao, Portugal20,620 contributions
    The Air Museum is a museum of aeronautical material of the Portuguese Air Force, based at Air Base No. 1 (Sintra), the museum has two visitable poles one at the Aerodromo de Manobra nº 1 (Ovar), and a second at the Military Complex of Alverca (Alverca do Ribatejo). It has been created on February 21, 1968 and opened on Air Force Day (July 1), 1971, the Air Museum is under the responsibility of the Chief of Staff of the Air Force and aims at the conservation, safety and exhibition of objects of historical, artistic and documentary value, airplanes and miniatures of the same that it is possible to gather and preserve, as they constitute a valuable contribution to the history of national aviation. You can see all kind of airplanes, helicopters etc. it is very nice to visit, we anyhow enjoyed our visit, and are already thinking to visit the second one very soon.
    Written 30 October 2020
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  • WilliamWillieWilson
    Nashville, TN1,283 contributions
    This is truly the best way to access Pena Palace. It’s been said that 95% of visitors will never see this part of the grounds. While hoards of people are waiting in line at the main gate, you can buy tickets to the palace online, enter the Valley of Lakes gate, and stroll through the serene woods with singing birds and water features.
    Written 28 June 2022
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  • Invernesstraveller
    Inverness, UK199 contributions
    We stopped briefly at the beach which on a sightseeing trip and were impressed by the wide expanse of clean sandy beach. Not overly busy on a warm but blustery Monday.
    Written 17 September 2019
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  • Nina E
    Joplin79 contributions
    This large sandy beach by cliffs is easily accessible from the town - you just park at the top and walk down the stairs/ramp. There is a cafe right on the beach (with WC) but no other facilities that I noticed.
    The cliffs are not especially pretty but the beach is very long giving ample space for all the visitors. Beach was clean and quiet in May.
    Written 3 June 2022
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  • David
    Oxford, UK1,238 contributions
    Although you have to pay the entry fee into the Pena Park and make a bit of a trek to visit the Chalet, its certainly worth it.

    Impressively restored following neglect and a fire, the chalet has some interesting and informative displays about the Countess and is certainly worth a look around.

    Written 2 September 2020
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