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Sintra isn’t just a beautiful Portuguese destination; it’s one of the world’s most alluring towns. Enchanting palaces, historical fortifications and enigmatic pathways occupy each hilltop and slope. Plus, the city is only a 45-minute train ride from Portugal’s capital. From the Quinta da Regaleira to Cabo da Roca, here are the top things to see and do in Sintra.
Sintra is the perfect place to pretend to be royalty amid the many palaces and castles, so a night at the Seteais Palace may allow you to briefly live the dream! This five-star luxury hotel was built in the 18th century and oozes elegance in every room and corner. From the fine-dining restaurant to the elaborately decorated suites, a night at the Seteais Palace would be hard to forget.
Hop on a bus or in a taxi, and soon you can be at Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point in mainland Europe. Nearly always windy, the cape terrain with cliffs and a charming 18th-century lighthouse is oftentimes described as a little wild and raw. This is the perfect spot to take photos with nearly 360-degree views along the coast.
They’re smaller than many other beaches near Lisbon, but Sintra’s coast is incredible and a popular spot with the locals. It is also popular for water sports, and activities enjoyed here include surfing and paragliding. The Praias da Adraga and Ursa are a little more remote and only reachable by car – the latter involving a slow trek down to the beach from the parking lot.