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Things to do in Sintra

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Premise
“Great gardens, beautiful palace, amazing view and please be aware of the queues!”
  • 192 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“A lot of people go to Sintra to see the multi style/coloured Pena Palace, but I absolutely recommend Sintra National Palace. Some of the oldest and most beautiful tiles and ceilings in Portugal. Easy to go to Sintra by train, but if you want to avoid the crowds go early in the morning or later in the afternoon”
  • 90 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“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
Palace
“beautiful nature park area, playfull and relaxing, the historic district 50min by train from Lisbon downtown, Sintra - experience, easy to find, not expensive,”
  • 97 locals recommend
Castle
“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.”
  • 70 locals recommend
Landmark
“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!”
  • 42 locals recommend
Park
“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
Pastry Shop
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“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!”
  • 62 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
Hotel
“i will make check in for you guys so i will be there to have a chat with you about this amazing place.”
  • 378 locals recommend
Park
“Its not a zoo, but a park where you can roam through paths, gorgeous views, pine woods and cliffs. You can find various hiking paths there.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Spiritual Center
“Hidden in the woods is this fascinating hobbit-like convent, originally built in 1560 to house friars, who lived in incredibly tight conditions, in small cells with low, narrow doors.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“A dream-like mansion and garden, where sometimes classical concerts take place.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Café
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“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
Café
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“Known for its "Queijadas", one of the specialties of Sintra, a crispy small cake made of cheese and cinnamon.”
  • 17 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Portuguese Restaurant
“Fine, casual dining and wine bar bar a well known Chef Luis Santos. Affordable lunch specials”
  • 13 locals recommend
Portuguese Restaurant
“Portuguese traditional food and typical service. Economic. Good place to have lunch.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Portuguese Restaurant
“Two fingers of conversation with half of locals are enough to realize that the Curral dos Caprinos is one of those mandatory classic restaurants that continues to serve good Portuguese food. It opened in 1974 with specialties of Beira Baixa and Baixo Alentejo, from where the owners are, and the star of the menur, the goat, remains – there is in the version roasted in the oven, the fashion of Oleiros (only under previous order), grilled on the Ember or in the puface with mushrooms. Delicious !!!”
  • 17 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 7 locals recommend
Portuguese Restaurant
“Good restaurant in Sintra, nice food for a fair price. With all fame from TripAdvisor rating it become a bit crowded but still worth going there and taste Portuguese food.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Bar
“Food and drink served here. Book your table for an incredible night out. Local musicians playing traditional instruments. The atmosphere is festive and a beautiful and authentic insight into Portuguese folklore and music. This will be a memorable evening guaranteed. I have often taken foreign friends here and they always ask to come back! Another in-the-know-spot-off-the-beaten-track.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Portuguese Restaurant
“Good if you are after a cheap, good, local meal. Relaxed atmosphere, football is usually shown on the tv and you have free wi fi available. It has a non-smoking restaurant room in the back.”
  • 1 local recommends
Portuguese Restaurant
  • 4 locals recommend

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