Epic Day Trip to Sintra, Portugal – MUST SEE Castles

A Day Trip to Sintra is an ABSOLUTE MUST when planning to stay in Lisbon. This post walks you through how to get to Sintra, where to stay, how to get around, and which palaces to explore.

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Sintra had the most beautiful castles I’ve seen to explore all within a close radius of each other. Not only were they all stunning, but they all had very distinct charm and style that varied from each other. Sintra was also designated as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1995.

Where to Stay

I recommend staying in Lisbon, and heading to Sintra for the day and returning back to Lisbon at night. There isn’t much to see in Sintra other than the castles to explore.

  • Hotel da Baixa – Definitely recommend staying in this area, and it has amazing reviews!
  • Airbnb – a gorgeous apt we stayed at during our time in Lisbon

How to Get to Sintra

There are a few options to get to Sintra as follows:

Uber: We chose this option out of convenience, but keep in mind it will be the pricier option. However, it was so convenient getting dropped off as close as possible to the Pena Palace. It is about a 30 minute drive from Lisbon which was not bad at all!

Train: You can either take the Rossio Station train to Sintra (40 minutes) or Oriente Station to Sintra (47 minutes). If staying in Baixa (recommended) you should depart from Rossio Station. This is definitely a more cost effective option, however it could get crowded if you leave later in the day with Sintra being a popular destination.

How to Get Around Sintra

The best ways to get around Sintra are either walking, bus, or getting a Tuk Tuk! We opted for the Tuk Tuk and had no issues, just make sure you negotiate the fare upfront before getting in. Cash on hand is also good to have for payment.

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Day Trip to Sintra Overview

The following outlines exactly how to map out your day trip to Sintra. If efficient exploring the palaces, you could see 3-4 from open to close for the day. We saw 3 palaces as we were a bit slower exploring them and stopping frequently to take photos. Note my boyfriend also took a day trip to Sintra during a different trip, and he was able to squeeze in 4!

Pena Palace

Start the morning exploring one of the most gorgeous palaces I’ve seen: Pena Palace. (Also referred to as the National Palace of Pena). Classified by UNESCO as a world heritage site in 1995, this is a palace not to be missed. I was in awe of the colorful architecture and stunning views from above. Note, this palace gets the most crowded, so the earlier you can get there the better. The palace opens at 9:30am.

Tickets: Purchase tickets at least 3 days in advance to take advantage of a 15% discount! We bought in person and had no issues, but you can buy online to ensure you get access to a good time slot with no issues. Tickets can be purchased on their site here.

Cost to Enter (as of date written):

  • Adults (18-64): 17 Euros
  • Youth (6-17): 15.3 Euros
  • Senior (65+): 15.3 Euros
  • Child (<6): Free
  • Family (2 Adults 18-64 + 2 Youths 6-17): 55.25 Euros

Castelo Dos Mouros

Continue on exploring during your Day Trip to Sintra by walking over to Castelo Dos Mouros (Moorish Castle). It’s about a 10 min walk away from the Palace. This castle was included in the UNESCO classiciation as a World Heritage site. The Moorish Castle is a fortification founded in the 10th century during the period the Moors occupied the Iberian Peninsula. You can read more about the history here.

This is another must see and the views from the top were absolutely stunning. You can also see the Pena Palace from afar. Make sure you are ready to climb a lot of stairs, but trust me the views are so worth it!

Tickets: Purchase tickets at least 3 days in advance to take advantage of a 15% discount! We bought in person and had no issues, but you can buy online to ensure you get access to a good time slot with no issues. Tickets can be purchased on their site here.

Cost to Enter (as of date written):

  • Adults (18-64): 12 Euros
  • Youth (6-17): 10 Euros
  • Senior (65+): 10 Euros
  • Child (<6): Free
  • Family (2 Adults 18-64 + 2 Youths 6-17): 33 Euros

Quinta da Regaleira

Continue on your day trip to Sintra by heading over to Quinta da Regaleira. You can either take a bus, tuk tuk, or uber to get there. We chose to take a tuk tuk! The set of buildings and castle were built in the late 1800s.

Opening hours: 10.00 – 19.30
Last entry at 17.30

We had no idea what we were walking into which was so fun to explore all of the grounds and walk down the Initiation Well down through a secret passageway. At the end you land at a waterfall to exit back to the main grounds.

Tickets: You can buy in person (we had no issues) or buy online here. Unlike Pena Palace/Moor castle, your tickets will work for any time.

Cost to Enter (as of date written):

  • Adults (18-64): 12 Euros
  • Youth (6-17): 7 Euros
  • Senior (65+): 7 Euros
  • Child (<5): Free
  • Senior (>80): Free

Monserrate Palace

Time permitting end your day trip to Sintra by exploring Monserrate Palace. I was so bummed we couldn’t squeeze this palace in known for stunning gardens and fairytale like architecture. You can read the full history of the park and palace here.

The Park is open from 9AM to 7PM with last ticket/admission cutoff of 6PM. The Palace is open from 9:30AM-6PM with last ticket admission/cutoff of 5PM/5:30PM.

Tickets: You can buy in person or online here. There are no time slots you need to purchase for.

Cost to Enter (as of date written):

  • Adults (18-64): 12 Euros
  • Youth (6-17): 10 Euros
  • Senior (65+): 10 Euros
  • Child (<5): Free
  • Family (2 Adults 18-64 + 2 Youths 6-17): 33 Euros

Hope you have the best day trip to Sintra exploring all of the gorgeous palaces this city has to offer! As always leave a comment or message if you have any questions before exploring. Be sure to also check out my PORTO GUIDE as well for planning out your trip to Portugal!

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