Sintra, one of the most beautiful towns in Portugal, is a Unesco destination close enough to Lisbon for an exhilarating short break. Explore the lush mountains and wander the romantic streets, stopping to sample delicious pastries and peruse traditional souvenir shops before visiting Pena Palace. Enhance your experience by booking one of the best hotels in Sintra – ranging from spa resorts to historic palaces – now via Culture Trip.
Aptly translating to Viewpoint House, Casa Miradouro has spectacular views of Pena Palace, the Castle of the Moors and the ocean. Offering budget-friendly value, Casa Miradouro is set inside a house that dates back to the late 19th century. In addition to eight spacious guest rooms, this accommodation has a bar, library, garden and games room. Breakfast is also available on request, adding to the B&B feel.
The self-proclaimed oldest hotel in Portugal and Spain, Lawrence’s is an ideal choice for history lovers. Literature buffs will also appreciate the fact that it has hosted famous authors, including poet Lord Byron and Portuguese writer José Maria Eça de Queirós. Now five-star accommodation, it has 16 antique-enhanced guest rooms, a terrace, a restaurant and a bar. It’s also family-friendly, providing childcare services.
Charming, classic, modern and tranquil are all words to describe the Biester Charm House, a country retreat dating back to the late 19th century with seven guest rooms, a garden, reading room and picnic area. A peaceful escape in an already idyllic setting, the house is a romantic spot for anyone wanting to fall off the grid or just get a quiet night’s rest. Better yet, it’s close to many of Sintra’s must-see landmarks. As an extra perk, the breakfast buffet is included in the price.
In a town filled with palaces, it seems fitting to spend a night in a palace estate. The five-star Tivoli Palácio de Seteais was the home of Portugal’s Dutch Consul in the 18th century. Passing through the hands of Portuguese nobility before becoming a swoon-worthy hotel in 1955, it has attracted a number of famous guests over the years, including Agatha Christie and Mick Jagger. In addition to 30 elegant guest rooms, the hotel houses a spa, gourmet restaurant and regal bar area.
If you want to visit other cities during your trip to Portugal, Lisbon and Porto are ones not to miss. Take a tour in Lisbon – making sure to try the country’s celebrated cuisine – or stay in some of Porto’s best apartments and hotels that will make you feel like a true local which you can book now via Culture Trip.
Mary Lussiana contributed additional reporting to this article.