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Why Visit Sintra?

Sintra is a town in the greater Lisbon region. It is a popular tourist destination due to its picture-perfect beaches, 19th century architecture and royal palaces & castle’s. In fact, there is so much history in Sintra that the town is a UNESCO world heritage site.

One of the town’s most beautiful landmarks is the Pena Palace. This Disney-esque castle has been named as one of Portugal’s seven wonders and boasts stunning views of Sintra. A castle that is no longer standing, but worth visiting, is the Castle of the Moors. This castle was built in the 9th century and what’s left of it now gives off a similar vibe to the great wall of china, with long walkways stretching around the hill which the castle was once based on.

Sintra is perfect for couple’s who enjoy finding out about the history of their holiday destination. It is also perfect for families as there are many landmarks and activities to keep both kids and adult’s entertained.

A Sintra holiday begins with a flight to Lisbon. Flight’s operate from Dublin daily and the flight time is an estimated 2 hours 45 minutes. There are also flight from Cork to Lisbon during the summer months. Sintra is just a short 20-minute drive from the airport. 

Things to do in Sintra


There is so much to love about a Sintra holiday.

  • Get some amazing views of the Mediterranean Sea at the Cabo da Roca cliffs.
  • Take a trip to nearby Lisbon, the capital of Portugal.
  • Hike up the trail in Pena park to Cruz Alta (high cross), the highest point in Sintra.


There are several bars in Sintra that tourists can enjoy a drink in. However, if you’re looking for an all-night party spot, nearby Lisbon is the place to go!

Dining Out 

You will find many restaurant’s in Sintra serving Portuguese cuisine. The seafood in particular is mouth watering.

For Families 

Kids will love the Portuguese air force aviation museum at Sintra air base. A trip here makes for the perfect family day out.


The old town in Sintra has many quirky shops selling a range of artisan items. If you’re looking for some high street shopping, we would recommend heading to Lisbon which is about 30 minutes away.

Mardi Gras Festival

Sintra has a strong Mardi Gras/Carnival tradition, so if you’re heading between the end of February and the start of March, expect colourful parades, firework displays and lots of fun festivities!

Best Time to Go

The summer season is the best time to visit Sintra, with temperatures averaging in the high twenties. Like the rest of Portugal, Sintra get’s relatively cold during the winter season so if you’re looking for a sun holiday, we would recommend visiting Sintra between June and September.

Local Info


Euro is used in Portugal.

Time Zone 

Portugal has the same time zone as Ireland (GMT).

Getting around

There are two bus routes that operate around Sintra and daily tickets cost €12. If you would like to see the best beaches nearby Sintra or take a day trip to Lisbon and the surrounding areas, car rental is a great way to do so.