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.
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 forAdventurers | Romantics | Soul Searchers | Intellectuals | Art Lovers
When to goYear-Round
Ideal length of stay3-5 Nights
Where To Stay
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Tivoli Palacio de Seteais
The 18th century Seteais Palace that sits on the outskirts of Sintra is today a Tivoli hotel with just 30 rooms.
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Penha Longa Resort
Hidden away in Sintra-Cascais National Park, Penha Longa Resort, previously home to some of the country’s crowned royals, is a pampering retreat for a variety of travelers, from golfers to spa-goers.