Sintra: The Perfect Day Trip From Lisbon

Located just 30 minutes outside the city of Lisbon, Sintra is the essential day trip to fit into your itinerary whilst exploring this colorful region of Portugal.

It’s not hard to see why Portuguese royals flocked to this beautiful town. Set within towering mountains, dreamy forests and fairytale-esque palaces, Sintra is truly the reality of a true dreamers imagination…


sintra town

Most visitors, particularly if visiting on a day trip from Lisbon will arrive by train.  If you choose this mode of transport then simply go to the last stop, Portela de Sintra, and either take the short 1km walk into the town passing brightly decorated houses, Moroccan style fountains and beautiful views across the landscape. Alternatively, if short on time, you can also take the bus into the town and begin making your way through the winding alley ways and enjoying the sweet buildings and architecture.

Sintra Map

Pena Palace

Castle Sintra

Sintra is perfect for exploring, featuring not one but two mesmerizing sights; Pena Palace and Castle of the Moors. If you decide to visit both of these sights (which I would highly recommend) then I would advise purchasing the ‘hop-on hop-off’ bus tickets as the steep hills leading up to both attractions can take a large chunk out of your day- not to mention your energy levels! You can find out more about these attractions here.

It’s Unesco World Heritage listed centre means the area is crowded for most of the year so try to visit during the week, particularly early morning between Tuesday-Thursday.

Want to find out more? We’ve listed tips for your first trip for Lisbon, shared a taste of the city and lust over the fairytale dream that is Pena Palace.

Travel often!

Sarah xx