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Lisbon is a charming and historical city to explore, but Sintra, a fairytale of a town, is located just 15-miles northwest of Lisbon.

Sintra is a quaint, magical little Portuguese town and has a long history of being a quick escape from Lisbon. For years, Portugal’s royal families and wealthy citizens flocked to Sintra.

Keep reading for a mini guide to Sintra, Portugal!

How to get to Sintra

You can reach Sintra by train from Lisbon in about 45 minutes. From the Sintra train station, you can take a short bus ride or take a 10-minute walk into town.

National Palace of Sintra

The National Palace of Sintra, Portugal, the oldest royal palace, boasts well-preserved relics with Moorish and Manueline influences.

Moorish Castle

With significant restoration, this castle upon the hill is intertwined with the surrounding forests and rocks, enchanting visitors.

Pena Palace

Mixing elements of German and Portuguese style, the lively castle has Gothic towers, Renaissance domes, Moorish minarets, and Manueline carvings, making an eclectic and colorful palace.

Quinta da Regaleira

Walking through the magical gardens of the Quinta da Regaleira, visitors can experience caves, fountains, grottos, tunnels, wells, and underground walkways.