Where the lush mountains stay green year-round and Romantic palaces and gardens shrouded in myth abound, Sintra has long been the favored vacation spot for Europe’s royalty and nobility. Here, Gothic, Egyptian, Moorish and Renaissance architecture intermingle amidst tropical, desert and forest plant life, and the scenic beaches and delicious Portuguese seafood make it an ideal retreat from the bustle of Lisbon (only 40 minutes away!).

  • Perfect for
    Adventurers | Romantics | Soul Searchers | Intellectuals | Art Lovers
  • When to go
  • Ideal length of stay
    3-5 Nights
Indagare's Abby Sandman

The Palaces are stunning and otherworldly—quite possibly the sites most worth seeing in all of Portugal. I could have spent days exploring all their hidden gems and there still would have been more to see.

Indagare's Paige Gordon

If I could do it again, I would stay longer to really soak it all in. I can imagine waking up in the Tivoli Palácio de Seteais, languishing in the infinity pool and strolling through Alice & Wonderland-like gardens…

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