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  • Address: Largo Rainha Dona Amélia
  • Hours: Daily 9am-5:30pm
  • Admission: Adult €8.50, Under 17 €7, Senior €8

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Palácio Nacional de Sintra (National Palace of Sintra)

Sintra lies in hilly country close to Lisbon and is considered such an extraordinary town that the whole place is UNESCO World Heritage listed. As one of the most popular day trips from the Portuguese capital, Sintra has a cluster of beguiling attractions to explore, from fairy-tale castles and palaces perched on hilltops to the flamboyant clash of Moorish, Gothic and 19th-century Neo-classical architecture, but the stand-out building is the National Palace. 

The gigantic, whitewashed National Palace and its two conical chimneys dominate Sintra’s main square as well as the flat plains for miles around. Starting life in the 10th century as home to Lisbon’s Moorish rulers, the palace has been consistently remodeled throughout its thousand-year-plus history and now is largely a happy mishmash of Gothic, Renaissance and Manueline styles in appearance. 

After the conquest of Lisbon by the first king of Portugal in 1147, the palace became the summer retreat of the Portuguese royal family and remained so until 1910; the richness of its interior reflects this importance. From the 14th century onwards this wonderful jumble of royal apartments and chambers, courtyards and patios, corridors, staircases and chapel was bedecked with one of the world’s most important collections of azulejos tiles. 

In addition many of the staterooms reveal ceilings encrusted in intricate gilt paneling and exhibit a rare collection of Portuguese decorative arts; the Grand Hall is renowned for its elaborately gilded ceiling portraying royal coats of arms and those iconic chimneys on top of the palace can be traced to the vast palace kitchens. 

Practical Info

Sintra is 40 minutes north-west from Lisbon Rossio, Oriente and Entrecampos stations or a 50-minute drive along the IC19 from Lisbon to the A5 Cascais turning. Open daily 9am-5:30pm. Admission €8.5, aged 6-17 €7, over 65 €8. Combination tickets also permit access to the Pena Palace.

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Sintra and Cascais Small-Group Day Trip from Lisbon

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 221 Reviews

Experience the natural and historical beauty of Portugal on a small-group day trip from Lisbon to Sintra and Cascais. Just a few hours from Portugal's capital ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $76.35

Lisbon Super Saver: 2-Day Sintra, Cascais, Fatima, Nazare and Obidos Small-Group Day Trips

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 103 Reviews

Combine two best-selling Lisbon tours at a discounted price to make the most out of your time in Portugal's capital. With an expert guide and a small group, ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: Varies

From USD $141.11
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Small-Group Sintra Royal Palaces Day Trip from Lisbon: Pena Palace, Queluz Palace and Sintra Palace

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 64 Reviews

Discover a world of fairy-tale palaces on this full-day tour to the UNESCO-listed town of Sintra from Lisbon. Once a decadent summer retreat for Portuguese ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.76
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Sintra Day Trip from Lisbon

4.5 star rating: Recommended 126 Reviews

Immerse yourself in the beauty of the mountainous region of Sintra on this day trip from Lisbon. With your guide, visit the fairytale-like Pena Palace, a  ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $115.89

Lisbon Super Saver: Lisbon Sightseeing Tour and Sintra, Cascais and Estoril Coast Day Trip

4 star rating: Recommended 73 Reviews

Combine a morning sightseeing tour of Lisbon with an afternoon exploring the Estoril Coast, Cascais and the romantic mountainous region of Sintra. If you are ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $111.80
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Private Tour: Lisbon and Sintra Sightseeing Tour by Convertible Beetle

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

Hop in a restored convertible VW Beetle with your friends or family and explore Lisbon in style! On this private tour of Portugal’s capital, your private ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: Varies

From USD $81.80

Private Tour of Lisbon, Estoril Coast and Sintra - UNESCO World Heritage Site

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 21 Reviews

If you have only a day to discover the city, indulge in a private tour of Lisbon combined with a visit to Sintra, a World Heritage town nestled beautifully in ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $139.18

Sintra, Pena Palace and Cascais Half-Day Trip from Lisbon

4.5 star rating: Recommended 23 Reviews

Enjoy a half-day trip from Lisbon to Sintra to see one of Portugal’s most popular attractions, the massive, gorgeous Pena Palace (Palácio da Pena), ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $51.54
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Sintra, Cascais and Estoril Coast Half-Day Trip from Lisbon

4 star rating: Recommended 40 Reviews

Discover the natural beauty of Portugal on a relaxing afternoon tour from Lisbon. Travel to Estoril, Cascais Bay and Hell's Mouth (Boca do Inferno), and take ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.08

Sintra Half-Day Trip from Lisbon

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 22 Reviews

Spend a lovely afternoon in Sintra, a fairytale-like hillside town, which was also declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, just outside Lisbon. This half-day ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $35.58
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