The fairytale-looking city of Sintra

The dazzling city of Sintra in Portugal is a fascinating destination for all visitors who want to experience a unique Portuguese charm, natural scenery and hundreds of historical monuments and sumptuous palaces.

Sintra’s short history:

The city of Sintra is a witness of all periods of Portuguese history. This seductive city, situated only 20 miles from the capital Lisbon, it the proud owner of one of the most powerful castles and fortress in the world, and some of the oldest monuments, royal, and glittering palaces, and museums.  Sintra is also widely known for its Romanticist architecture, nature parks, picturesque landscapes, and its mountain.

What to visit:

Visit fairytale- looking castle

One of the most iconic Sintra’s places is certainly the medieval Castle of the Moors (10th Century). Built by the powers of Muslim Iberia, this historic place will provide you the best view of the city and beautiful Sintra’s scenery.

National Palace of Sintra

Situated in the heart of Sintra, this royal-looking palace will return you to the time of Gothic, Manueline and Mudejar styles.

Visit the 18th Century Queluz Palace

Slightly different from the previous one, this mixed rococo, neoclassic and baroque palace style is otherwise called ‘Versailles of Portugal’.

Visit 19th century Pena Palace

If you want to experience something romantic then Pena Palace it the place for your enjoyment. Built on the ruins of a medieval monastery, this gorgeous palace is full of intense details and has one of the World’s most beautiful flower and tree garden.

Visit breathtaking Sintra Beaches

Besides all the cultural monuments you can visit, there are also many beaches you can explore, and Praia Grande is our favorite one. There is enough beach space for everyone and you can enjoy the waves with a board, see the dinosaurs’ footprints, and explore the corners at low tide.

Quinta de Regaleira

Your visit to Sintra wouldn’t be complete without visiting this romantic architectural complex that is classified as the World Heritage by Unesco.

Cafes to visit:

Café Saudade

Avenida Doutor Miguel Bombarda 6, Sintra 2710-590, Portugal

+351 21 242 8804

Saudade is a café where you’ll equally enjoy your morning coffee and a delicious breakfast. It offers everything you need- cozy atmosphere, great staff, and professional service.

Café Piriquita II

Rua das Padarias 18, Sintra 2710-603, Portugal

+351 21 923 0626

Places in the city center, this café attracts thousands of tourists not only for its coffee but also for their tasty food. According to hundreds of guests’ opinions, this café/restaurant serve the most delicious pastries you’ll ever try.

Good restaurants for lunch:

Bar do Fundo

Avenida Alfredo Coelho | Ultimo Restaurante Ao Fundo Da Praia Grande, Sintra 2705-329, Portugal

+351 21 928 2092

Well, let’s admit! Your vacation in Portugal wouldn’t be complete without eating a traditional Portuguese food…and not only that! Why not have a lunch with a breathtaking ocean view? Bar do Fundo has it all!

Nau Palatina

Calcada de Sao Pedro 18, Sintra 2710-507, Portugal

+351 21 924 0962

Nau Palatina is a small family restaurant with a big heart, rustic ambient, delicious tapas and petiscos, while their homemade desserts will wake up all your senses. It’s ‘a must’ for everyone passing through Sintra!

Good restaurants for dinner:

Restaurante Metamorphosis

Rua Joao de Deus 41 45, Sintra 2710-580, Portugal

+351 21 924 2511

If you’re traveling to Sintra, we highly recommend you this restaurant for dinner ‘cause they have the menu for all tastes, including many vegetarian and vegan options, and some of the best wine selections. Experience a real metamorphose in Restaurante Metamorphosis!

Taberna Criativa

Avenida Heliodoro Salgado 26, Sintra 2710-573, Portugal

+351 21 018 6147

This outstanding place offers you to have a wonderful dinner at reasonable prices and is certainly worth a visit. Taste a delightful dinner experience mixed with lovable Portuguese temperament.


Sintra is a must-see Portuguese destination, cuddled by dreamy gardens, luxuriant hills, and precipitous castles and palaces!