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We woke up early in the morning and took the train to Sintra. On the train they will offer you a combo ticket from the train and bus at Sintra, it can be an outstanding offer if you are not planning to take other transportation in the city or travel on foot.

best things to see in Sintra

After 40 minutes drive, we arrived to Sintra. So colorful city and such a hot day. We debated on which kind of translation we want to spend the day or maybe walking, but the sun was too strong for waking, and the bus was one of the cheapest options but also the slowest.
We decided to take an electric car. That was a really cool experience. The car is tiny, no window, had GPS, and a map of all the areas. The most important thing you must remember that you need to choose in ahead which places you want to visit because you can’t drive really fast with this thing and the day is short.

So our day looked like that…

  • Quinta da Regaleira – a beautiful 20th-century residence. The place has a gothic style amazing gardens with a hidden tunnel. Don’t miss the unique spiral stairs located in the castle.
  • Cabo da Roca – The westernmost point in continental Europe. The stunning cliffs rise 140 meters above the Atlantic Ocean. It took us approximately 15-20 minutes to get there with our electric car.
  • Castelo dos Mouros – 10th century stone fortress located just near the Pena Palace.
  • Pena palace – The main attraction in Sintra! A fantastic, colorful, unique historical place. The palace is located at the top of the hill at the height of 500 meters. For us, the palace was like a dream and a little reminded the one an only, Disney’s castle.
    Note: If you have more than a day in this area, you can definitely take the bus because it is much cheaper.

Tip
If you are short in time, don’t miss the Pena palace! It’s incredible and unique.

Tip
You must know in advance the opening hours if you don’t want to miss one of them. If we remember right, the last ticket that you can buy is at 17:00 pm, and everything is closing at 18:30, but you must come earlier because the palaces’ area is enormous.

Where to eat at Sintra?

  1. Casa Piriquita – A small cafe in the center of town, serving excellent coffee and pastries of different kinds.
  2. Saudade – Another place for a good coffee. The cafe is in a beautiful old building and serves excellent breakfasts, well worth a visit.
  3. Romaria de Baco -Great restaurant, good atmosphere, delicious food, good wines, pleasant music, and excellent service. Must try the seafood dish.

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