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  • Meredith Peters

A Royal Experience In Sintra, Portugal

Sintra in the Lisbon District of Portugal is an enchanting destination with a cheery fairytale atmosphere. The UNESCO World Heritage site is full of natural and cultural gems that gained it this well-deserved title.

Sintra Portugal

Pena Palace sintra portugal
Pena Palace

Pena Palace is one of the most famous sites in Sintra. The regal yellow and red exterior can be seen for miles surrounded by the beautiful park. The well-preserved interiors are less vibrant in color but magnificent all the same with hanging gold chandeliers and luxurious antique furniture. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride through the park for a charming and memorable experience.

Monserrate Palace Sintra Portugal
Monserrate Palace

Monserrate Palace features architecture with intricate designs and Neo-gothic and Indian influences. In a gorgeous pinkish shade, it's a pretty palace with grounds to match. Locals will also recommend you visit the Quinta da Regaleira next, a regal palace estate with an air of mystery as you look down on the secret spiral stairway leading to the initiation well with an ancient cross inscribed on the ground.

Next up, see the Moorish Castle, also known as The Castle of The Moors, which has many steps to climb to see amazing views of the city and ocean. The giant medieval fortress was built in the 8th and 9th centuries.

For more royal moments steeped in history, visit the Gardens and National Palace of Queluz. At the entrance, ancient statues guard a water fountain, with the colorful building looking magnificent in the background. Inside, you can admire interiors reflecting many eras from the Baroque to the Rococo and Neoclassicism. The throne room might be the grandest surroundings you've ever seen.

Sintra National Palace was once home to the Portuguese royal family and is now home to the National History Museum of Sintra. Spend some time roaming around the grand palace, including the palace guard room, the swan room, the magpie room and the golden chamber. The architectural details are impressive and very photogenic.

Bifana Portuguese food

All this sightseeing is bound to be making you hungry. Fuel up on authentic Portuguese food which might include a Bifana which is the national Portugese sandwich with strong local coffee or a seafood dish like grilled fish or sardines. Evening meals can be complemented by Portuguese wine or sangria and a sweet dessert.

For a fine dining experience, Lab by Sergi Arola serves up creative dishes with stunning golf course views. Book well in advance for one of the best window tables at this Michelin star restaurant owned by a Spanish celebrity chef.

More highlights of Sintra

  • Visit the Chalet and Garden of the Countess Edla

  • Wander around the Valley of the Lakes

  • Take a tuk-tuk ride through the old town

  • See the lighthouse and stunning coastal views at Cabo da Roca

  • Attend a music concert in a palace

  • Buy hand-painted local ceramics

  • Tour the Convent of the Capuchos

  • Tour a local brewery to try Portuguese craft beer

Sintra sure has a lot to offer to tourists who love history, culture, and beautiful natural surroundings. Contact us today to discuss your vacation plans, and you can be boarding that flight to Portugal before you know it!


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