Embark on a delightful fifteen-minute stroll to Sintra's old town and discover its captivating sights. Your journey begins with the striking Neo-Gothic town hall, a testament to Sintra's love affair with romanticism. Erected between 1906 and 1909 on the former chapel of São Sebastião's foundations, the town hall showcases exemplary revivalist architecture, featuring exaggerated medieval influences. Its iconic clock tower dominates Sintra's skyline, adorned with green and white tiles depicting the Portuguese coat of arms. The central spire, crowned with an armillary sphere and surrounded by four smaller spires, boasts false crenellations and arched Neo-Manueline windows. While the ornate interior remains a working space inaccessible to the public, the exterior offers a glimpse into Sintra's architectural heritage.
Largo Dr. Virgilio Horta,2714-501 Sintra, Portugal. | 38° 47' 56.6" N | 09° 23' 17.0" W
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As you leave the town hall behind and proceed along the Volta Duche road toward the old town centre, you'll be greeted by an array of sculptures crafted by local artists, both permanent installations and temporary displays. Along this scenic route, artisans showcase their talents, offering handmade crafts such as jewellery, figurines, and paintings for sale. The name "Volta Duche" harks back to the site's history as the location of former public baths established in 1848. Today, the natural spring that once supplied water to these baths continues to serve as a vital source for the local water supply.
As you journey, you'll come across the renowned Queijadas da Sapa bakery, a Sintra institution since 1756, famed for its delectable little cheesecakes. Crafted by hand in the traditional, albeit time-intensive manner, these treats can be purchased directly from the bakery or at various outlets throughout town. A six-pack of these delicacies makes for an excellent souvenir and savour the flavours of Sintra's culinary heritage.
12 Volta Duche, 2710-631 Sintra, Portugal. | 38° 47' 53.7" N | 09° 23' 17.2" W | +351 219 230 493
Weekdays: 09h30 – 18h00, Weekends: 09h30 – 18h30, Mondays: CLOSED
Often overlooked is the entrance to Sintra's public park, Parque da Liberdade, which has undergone continual enhancements since its establishment in 1937. Offering a serene retreat, the park features ample seating and picnic areas for relaxation. Enjoy the shade provided by over 60 diverse tree species, many of them exotic, accompanied by informative plaques. The beautifully landscaped and biodiverse gardens ascend the hill, with narrow tracks branching off from the main paths. Within the park, visitors can explore the Virtual Theatre, recounting the first encounter between Portuguese explorers and the people of Japan in the 16th century. Over the years, sports facilities such as tennis courts and a skating rink have been added, enhancing the park's appeal to visitors of all interests.
Largo Rainha Dona Amélia stands as the central square in the old town, often the initial stop for visitors arriving by coach or bus from the train station. Surrounding the square are restaurants, gift shops, and wine boutiques, albeit with some marked by inflated prices. Narrow side streets radiate from the square, leading uphill. Along Rua das Padeiras sits the renowned Piriquita café, a cherished family establishment. Here, patrons indulge in local pastries and delicacies, including Sintra's renowned Queijadas and Travesseiros. Delight your taste buds with these traditional treats at the Piriquita café, a beloved Sintra institution.
Daily: 08h30 – 20h00, Closed Wednesdays
1 & 18 Rua das Padarias, 2710-603, Sintra.
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The pillory, or Pelourinho, situated on its three steps adjacent to Largo Rainha Dona Amélia, is a 20th-century replica crafted in 1940 by José da Fonseca. The original structure was lost to history, destroyed in 1854. Explore this iconic landmark in the heart of Sintra's old town, restored to its former glory in the 20th century by skilled artisans.
Often overshadowed, the Igreja de São Martinho church has stood just off Largo Rainha Dona Amélia since the 12th century. Across its extensive history, the church has undergone significant restoration and reconstruction, notably after the destructive. Today the original structure remaining is the Gothic chancel, visible from the outside, including the 14th Century stone plaque of Margarida Fernandes, and inside three Portuguese-painted wood panels dating from the middle of the 16th Century depicting Saint Martin and the Beggar, Saint Peter and Saint Anthony.
The Palace dominating the old town centre, distinguished by its iconic chimneys visible from afar. The Palace's origins date back to the Moorish era. It came under the ownership of Dom Afonso Henriques in 1147, after the Christian conquest of Sintra. Retaining its arabesque character, the Palace has left an indelible mark on Portuguese architecture. Today, the Sintra National Palace stands as one of Portugal's top attractions and a cherished national monument. Plan to dedicate approximately an hour and a half to exploring this historic landmark during your visit. Experience the grandeur and heritage of the Sintra National Palace, a must-see destination in Portugal. [ More About ► ]
With this entrance ticket, you can gain entry to The National Palace of Sintra at your leisure. Buy online before you arrive to avoid queues and have the convenience of the e-ticket on your phone…
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Park, Daily: 09h30 – 18h30, (last admission 18h00)
This circular service, operated by Scott URB, is perfect for travelers arriving from Lisbon by train. The route commences outside the Sintra train station (not the Portela de Sintra station), ascending the hill to the Sintra Old Town centre, home to the National Palace and a plethora of restaurants, cafes, and shops. From there, the bus winds its way up the steep road to the Moorish Castle (Castelo dos Mouros). Continuing its journey, the bus heads to the Pena Palace (Palácio da Pena) and its surrounding park before descending back to the train station. While it's possible to visit all three attractions in one day, two is typically sufficient, especially if you plan to enjoy lunch in the town centre. Tickets can be purchased onboard from the driver.
Return: €8.40 | One Way: €4.55 | Timetable
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If you're travelling by bus from Cascais or Estoril consider buying a All Day Ticket valid on Scott URB network. Buy from ticket office or driver. Turístico diário:€ 15.00
If you're travelling by train from Lisbon consider buying a Train & Bus Ticket valid on Scott URB network and the CP Urban train network. Buy from ticket office. Turístico diário: € 15.80
Lawrence's Hotel has country-style accommodation featuring a library and an elegant restaurant with French windows. Set in a renovated countryside manor, it boasts rooms fitted with antique furniture. All rooms feature an old-world décor that includes decorative headboards and eiderdowns. Each one is air-conditioned and has a satellite TV and plush armchairs in the lounge area. Each private bathroom has a bathtub.
Guests can enjoy international and regional dishes, including seafood, homemade bread and cake in the on-site restaurant. The bar is open until late and serves speciality wines and aperitifs. Lawrence's Hotel is a short walk from Sintra Old Town and near the Quinta da Regaleira.
Rua Consigliéri Pedroso, 38-40, 2710-550 Sintra, Portugal. | 39º 39" 24.7' N | 08º 49" 25.6' W
Ideally located in a narrow lane just behind the main square in the old town and yet a quiet hideaway from the tourist crowds. Housed within a traditional building, these apartments have been tastefully and modernly renovated. Each room includes a fully equipped kitchen or a kitchenette, a private bathroom and a flat-screen cable TV. Guests are warmly welcomed first by an introduction to the region and then with a welcome basket including half a bottle of a family made Port.
2 Largo da Caracota, 2710-547, Sintra, Portugal. | 38º 47" 46.6' N | 09º 23" 22.3' W
Located in the historic centre of Sintra, this boutique hotel offers rooms and suites with views of the old town and Sintra-Cascais Natural Park. It has a landscaped garden where guests can relax at the courtyard bar. Its modern, spacious rooms contain flat-screen TVs and are all individually decorated. Each has a private bathroom that comes with free toiletries. Free Wi-Fi is also provided.
The Sintra Boutique Hotel offers a fine restaurant serving contemporary Portuguese cuisine made from locally sourced ingredients. Breakfast can be prepared upon request.
Rua Visconde De Monserrate nº48, 2710-591 Sintra, Portugal. | 38º 47" 46.6' N | 09º 23" 22.3' W
The perfect place if you want a quick break in-between visiting monuments and to avoid the hubbub of the lunchtime rush at Sintra's restaurants. Here you'll encounter great food at moderate prices and served by friendly and attentive staff in a vintage surrounding. Within the labyrinth of carefully restored rooms, you'll encounter pieces of art from locals artists and antique furniture. The delights of the menu include homemade cakes and pastries, a selection of sandwiches, paninis and snacks. There is an interesting choice of teas and infusions, freshly squeezed juices and an array of coffees. Set menu options for breakfasts and brunches are also available.
Daily: 08h30 - 20h00
6 Avenida Dr. Miguel Bombarda, Sintra, Portugal. | 38º 47' 55.1" N | 09º 23' 13.5" W
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Known historically as a restaurant with rooms, the Lawrence's offers you fine dining in a refined yet friendly environment. Although it's only a short stroll from the centre, its location feels far from the madding crowd and hordes of tourists. As expected from a restaurant of a fine reputation, the staff are very courteous and professional. The high standard of the food on the menu is equally matched by its wine list.
Daily: 12h30 - 15h00/19h30 - 22h00
Rua Consiglieri Pedroso 38-40, Sintra 2710-550, Portugal. | 38º 47" 45.5' N | 09º 23" 33.0' W
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This wonderfully rustic and moderately priced restaurants serves Portuguese and continental dishes and is well worth visiting if you find yourself in the São Pedro district. Refreshingly less touristy than restaurants found in the centre and popular with local people. Portions are typically large and cooked to a high standard. For those who don't have huge appetites feel free to ask for a half portion or "meia dose".
Daily: 12h00 - 15h00/19h30 - 22h00
Praca D. Fernando II 18, São Pedro de Sintra, Sintra 2710-483, Portugal. | 38º 47" 56.1' N | 09º 23" 09.4' W
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Sintra's historical centre is 29km (18 miles) west of Lisbon Portela Airport Website
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The speedy A5 and A16 motorways will whisk you west from central Lisbon. A more picturesque routes from Cascais via the Parque Natural de Sintra-Cascais on the A16 and N247.
Latitude - 38º 47' 56.6" | Longitude - 09º 23' 15.9"
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