The town of Sintra is one of Europe’s finest example of the whimsical and brightly colored Romanticism style of architecture. Hidden within the pine covered hills that make up Sintra you will find extravagant palaces, opulent mansions and the ruins of an ancient castle.
What to do in Sintra
Located just a short hour bus ride outside of Portugal's capital city, Lisbon, this region of Sintra is sure to wow you! You can spend your time exploring the historic city center of Sintra and hiking to Cruz Alta or you can pass time at any of the palaces, such as the Palácio Nacional da Pena and Palácio Nacional de Sintra.
Pena Palace in Sintra
Recently named one of Portugal's "Seven Wonders," Pena Palace is a very iconic location due to the lively red and yellow facades. Resurrecting in 1910 on top of the lofty ruins of an old monastery, the palace combines Moorish and Renaissance styles. While Pena Palace is a favorite attraction by most, you can roam around the vivid exterior and take in the gorgeous panoramic views. From the Pena Park area you can take a trail weaving through a magical forest to the highest point in the Serra de Sintra. Here you will find "Cruz Alta", a prominent stone cross strewn in with granite boulders.
Historic Sites in Sintra
In addition to exploring Palácio Nacional da Pena, there are also several other iconic and historic sites to explore while spending time in Sintra. Palácio Nacional de Sintra, also known as Quinta da Regaleira, is a less vivid building with adorned with detailing around the entirety of the palace and garden areas. Moving towards the coast, Cabo da Roca is the point where the Serra de Sintra sinks dramatically into the ocean. Explore around the lighthouse or hang out here and watch the sunset!
Whether you are looking for a simple day trip or a weekend getaway, Sintra makes for a bright and historic location to visit. The ancient structures, ornate designs, and bright colors will make for a trip you won't forget!