Sintra – A summer resort town of the Monarchs!

Nestled amidst the verdant forest of Sintra mountains is this lovely town of Sintra. Once a summer retreat for the Portugal rulers is today a popular day trip from Lisbon with a travel time of 40 minutes. Sintra town is dotted with some of the lavish and magnificent palaces and gorgeous coastlines.

There is a good frequency of trains from Rossio train station in central Lisbon with the kiosks for buying tickets right in front of the tracks. We chose to do city sightseeing with Hop on Hop Off tour bus to save us some time. One can alternatively choose to take the well-connected public transport.

Our first stop was Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of the continental Europe. A stone monument marks the end of the European mainland into the Atlantic ocean.

Sintra

Sintra

A lighthouse located on the headland 540 ft above the ocean and is still active under supervision team of three lighthouse keepers.

Sintra

We lingered along the desolate clifftop watching the stunning views of the everlasting stretch of azure sea and rugged cliffs. The weather was just awesome and we could stay there for a long time bewitched by nature’s charm.

We boarded the tour bus to our next stop the prismatic Pena Palace. The striking bright colors of the palace draws the eye from great distances and is easily noticeable from most parts of Sintra and Lisbon too.

Sintra

We were enthralled by the sense of exuberance and magic that emanated from the vivid hues and extravagantly ornate exterior architecture of palace surrounded by abundant of greenery like that of a fantasy story. Chhavi had a great time frolicking around the incredibly beautiful palace grounds.

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Sintra

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Sintra

Sintra

Interior of the palace has some of the embellished furnishings, porcelain and paintings collections.

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Sintra

At a walkable distance from Pena palace is the Moors castle or the Castelo dos Mouros, a medieval ruined castle, which provides stunning panoramic views of the forests of Sintra Mountains and the city.

Sintra

Around ten minutes away from the city center is the amazing mansion of Quinta da Regaleira.

Sintra

The exotic estate garden gives an impression of being ethereal with a path winding through the exquisite lakes, grottos, wells, towers, fountains and the gothic mansion.

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Sintra

Sintra

Sintra

The area also houses a lovely small chapel.

Sintra

A piano performance during our visit permeated the mansion gardens and the surrounding area with the sweet melody which filled the air with invigorating charm.

The city center is dominated by the National Palace or the Town Palace with a bright whitewashed facade, gothic arches, and two massive conical chimneys. The palace houses a museum with an extensive collection of Mudejar Azulejos (colored glazed tiles) and pottery.

Sintra

And if you visit the town in winter a sweet aroma of the roasted chestnuts will welcome you everywhere.

Other significant points of interest are the Monserrate Palace yet another exotic summer resort for the Portuguese rulers and Seteais Palace, which is a palace turned luxurious hotel with some remarkable antique furnishings and artworks. The tour bus also stops by a vast stretch of blue beach Praia da Adraga which is a picturesque beach with vistas of cliffs and sandy beach.

At dusk, the Moors castle was spectacularly lit with colorful lights.

Sintra

We had the last round of roasted chestnuts and walked back to the railway station and boarded a train back to Lisbon.

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34 Comment

  1. I’ve never visited but I would love to, it looks so pretty!

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Yes it is beautiful indeed and worth a visit ☺

  2. Tescha says: Reply

    Absolutely beautiful. Great post, thanks for sharing

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks Tescha… glad you liked it!

  3. Alex says: Reply

    I was sold from the first picture! Seems like a beautiful place to visit

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thank you Alex.. It is a wonderful place to visit 🙂 We loved it too.

  4. Ahh that looks lovely! Was great reading this!

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks George. Glad you liked it 🙂

  5. Having never seen a palace like these, I find them very fascinating. Whenever I see photos, I can’t help but admire and yet, sometimes, when I think about what it’s like at night… I wonder if my imaginatin will run wild with thoughts of ghosts?

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thats an interesting point of view.. that may be a reason the visiting hours close by dusk . On the other note Sintra has wonderful palaces and mansions which will leave anyone in awe for sure.

  6. Eloise says: Reply

    Such beautiful pictures, it looks like a perfect place to go visit… thanks for sharing!

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Yes it is a wonderful place to visit with its lovely palaces and beaches. Thanks for stopping by to have a look 🙂

  7. I like to read travel posts as that adds to more knowledge ..You have used nice words in your post.

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks Mini Noms.. Glad you liked it 🙂

  8. Kerry says: Reply

    Looks beautiful, a great read thank you!

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks Kerry.. 🙂

  9. Denisa says: Reply

    OMG that place is beyond beautiful ! I love your post

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thank you so much Denisa 🙂

  10. How stunning is Sintra I love the medieval architecture and the colourful buildings are stunning too. My parents are Portuguese too so I would love to visit.

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Agree with you Ana.. Sintra and its architecture are stunning enough to marvel anyone. Nice to know that your parents are from Portugal! Do keep us updated if you plan to visit we would love to know of your visit 🙂

  11. Beautiful post and truly lovely pictures! I love Sintra, it’s a fantastic place… so inspiring and otherworldly, like a place coming out of a dream. I wrote about Portugal’s gorgeous coastline too on my blog, if you want to have a look 🙂
    http://www.itinera-magica.com/en/dramatic-coastline-portugal/
    Keep on exploring!

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thank you so much. Yes Sintra is magical indeed. Thanks for sharing your post we would love to read through. Happy Travelling!

  12. Karina says: Reply

    Wow this really does look like a place out of a picture book. I am fascinated by architecture, and have never seen such grand majestic castles in such beautiful and vivid colors. The ruined moor castle is amazing, great photo btw, I love the way the warm light hits the ruins. The mansion of Quinta de Ragalia is like a dream, I can spend entire weeks exploring those beautiful grounds. Really make me wonder about the people that actually got to live there once. Thank you so much for an awesome virtual trip!

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      We are glad you liked it Karina. And we are overwhelmed by the way you have put it up, love it. Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your valuable thoughts 🙂

  13. Felita says: Reply

    The architecture is so remarkable. I loved the castle looking one half way down.

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thank you so much Felita. Sintra does have treasured architectural wonders worth a visit 🙂

  14. Ashley says: Reply

    Oh my goodness, the buildings are absolutely gorgeous. The craftsmanship that went into it is amazing!!

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      True Ashley. The beauty and splendour of the castles and mansions are beyond our imagination. Thanks for stopping by to read 🙂

  15. Dave says: Reply

    I think I could live at the Quinta da Regaleira. What a magical place!

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      True Dave, Quinta da Regaleira is a marvellous estate and walking through its gardens is no less than exploring a fairytale land 🙂

  16. Kati says: Reply

    Absolutely stunning! I love the gothic architecture and detailed ornaments – it makes me want to go back in time, really 🙂

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks Kati.. Agree with you completely, Sintra has well preserved architectural wonders stunning enough to leave anyone in awe 🙂

  17. Gecca says: Reply

    I’ve never been there but your photos gave me the feel of being there.. you know what I mean? Would love to visit and see this place someday!

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thats very sweet of you Gecca. Sintra is indeed beautiful and we suggest you to visit and experience the wonder for yourself. We are sure you will love it 🙂

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