"Sintra" Day Trips: Tip by barryg23

Day Trips:, Lisbon: 95 reviews and 173 photos

  Palacio Pena in Sintra
by barryg23

Sintra is a must see for any visitor to Lisbon. Though it's quite close to the city it feels a world apart from Lisbon or anywhere else in Portugal.

Sintra was once the summer home of the Portugese monarchy and before that of the Moorish leaders in Lisbon. There are three sights that everyone comes to see: the Palacio Nacional, dating from Moorish times, but used mainly by the Portugese Kings and Queens, the fairytale like Palacio Pena, built in the 19th century, and my favourite site, the ruined Castelo dos Mouros, an impressive fortress on top of one of the hills in Sintra.

Since the closure of Rossio station for upgrading, trains to Sintra leave from Entrecampos or Sete Rios in the north of the city and it takes about 25 minutes to get there.

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  • Updated Oct 22, 2006
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