[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Sintra is a picturesque Portuguese town that is set amidst the pine-covered hills of the Serra de Sintra. This hilly and slightly cooler climate enticed the nobility and elite of Portugal, who constructed exquisite palaces, extravagant residences and decorative gardens.
The variety of fascinating historic buildings and beautiful scenery has established Sintra as a fantastic tourist destination, and has since become the most popular day trip from Lisbon.
Sintra is a destination that can easily be visited independently, there is an excellent public transport to Sintra and the whole town is designed for tourism. There are sufficient sights in Sintra for a full day of sightseeing, so of those sites are Quinta da Regaleira, Monserrate Palace and of course Moors Castle.
Quinta da Regaleira is a decorative stately home but the main attraction is the elaborate grounds. The gardens are filled with mystic symbolism and hidden features which include secret tunnels, Gothic towers and stone fortified walls.
Monserrate Palace is always much quieter than all of that other national monuments of Sintra and it’s the plac to head to for tranquil gardens and peacefulness during the sometimes hectic summer season.
Access to Sintra is pretty easy, there is a regular and inexpensive train service that connects Lisbon to Sintra. The train ride is only 40 minutes and leaves from the Rossio train station in central Lisbon. The train starts early in the AM and continues late into the night and it’s usually 3 departures per hour with a ticket only costing about 4 euros.
Once in Sintra there is a convenient bus service which connects the train station to the historic center, and then it goes up the hills to reach Moors Castle and Pena Palace. One important note to know is the bus service only travels in a one direction loop, but it’s highly recommended for anyone that’s in the city on a day trip.
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