Sintra is truly a fairytale and a dream come true. After seeing multiple photos of the beautiful Palacio da Pena on social media I was inspired to visit! I had no idea there were so many castles located in Sintra, I was blown away and had one of the best experiences during my time in Portugal.
I was lucky enough to travel to Sintra with a fellow blogger, From Here to Sunday. Two girls living their dreams and roaming around fairytale castles in Sintra was so much fun!
Getting to Sintra
The train departs Lisbon from the Rossio train station, located in central Lisbon. Sintra is located roughly 40 minutes from Lisbon by train. I highly suggest leaving as early as possible from Lisbon since you will need the entire day to see all of Sintra.
How to get around in Sintra
Most castles are far from one another. Once you arrive by train you are dropped off at the city center of Sintra. From here we purchased a ticket for the hop on hop off bus.
Visiting the fairytale castles in Sintra
Palacio da Pena/Pena Palace
Our first stop was Palacio da Pena. The moment we laid our eyes on the castle we were mesmerized by the beautiful bright colors and fairytale castle. The palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal. We truly felt like princess’s in this castle and explored the entire castle. It is free to roam around the castle but there is a small fee to go inside to see how people use to live. Monica and I easily spent over 2 hours here taking hundreds of photos.
Castle of the Moors/Moorish Castle
On our next stop, we walked to Castle of the Moors, also called Moorish Castle. It is roughly less then a 10 minute walk down the hill. Quite easy to get to and entrance fee is around $10. It is a hilltop medieval castle and has stunning views! This place is pretty big so try to not get lost like we did. It took us awhile to figure out how to exit the place.
Quinta da Regaleira
Our last stop for the day was Quinta da Regaleira. It is a 20th century estate located near the city center of Sintra. Roughly a 15 minute walk. This gothic like property has a beautiful park, fountains, garden and an initiation well you must visit!
Cabo da Roca & Cascais
If you have time, make sure to visit Cabo da Roca. It is the western most point of Europe with beautiful ocean views. The hop on hop off bus has a stop here. From here you are able to go visit a small town called Cascais, 25 minutes south of Cabo da Roca. You will need to hire a taxi to get here since the bus does not stop in Cascais.
A day trip to Sintra was truly my favorite part of my entire trip in Portugal. If you’re visiting Portugal, do yourself a favor and make sure you visit Sintra!
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