Sintra

Sintra holidays

Sintra will make your heart sing. Tucked among forested mountains with whimsical palaces piercing the skyline, this showstopping village has all the trappings of a fairytale. Its sheltered location keeps temperatures a little cooler than those of the coast, which makes it perfect for exploring and relaxing in this UNESCO-listed setting.
Tivoli Palacio de Seteais
Indulgent Escapes
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  • Manchester, Thu 21 Apr 2022
  • 7 Nights, Bed and Breakfast
  • 3 Adults, 0 Children

Tivoli Palacio de Seteais

Sintra, Lisbon Coast

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  • Perfect for adults
  • Beautiful architecture
  • Stylish ballroom restaurant
  • Elegant and sophisticated luxury hotel
  • Pool set in botanic gardens
Pestana Sintra Golf
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£499pp
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  • Manchester, Sun 27 Feb 2022
  • 7 Nights, Bed and Breakfast
  • 2 Adults, 0 Children

Pestana Sintra Golf

Sintra, Lisbon Coast

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Based on 151 reviews

  • Luxury spa
  • 18-hole golf course
  • Excellent facilities
  • Peaceful garden setting
  • Separate children's pool
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Pick of palaces

Make a beeline for the pair of dove-white cone-like chimneys peeping out from the town centre – welcome to Palácio Nacional de Sintra! This 14th-century romantic spot rolls Moorish, Gothic and Manueline design into one gorgeous slab of azulejo-filled architecture. Don’t miss eye-popping Palácio Nacional da Pena either. This 19th-century pin-up is pure magic, with pink onion domes, butter-yellow turrets, tropical foliage and Moorish flourishes.

Quaint quintas

Rural estates teeming with charm are known as quintas in Portugal and Sintra’s brimming with them. Quinta da Regaleira is one of the best, which takes extravagant to the next level. Tour the grounds of this 20th-century neo-Manueline mansion and you’ll spy mythical creatures carved into façades and brilliant glass mosaics. But the most incredible feature is Poço Iniciático, a spiralling well that swirls six storeys deep into the ground.

Take a bite out of Sintra

All that exploring left you hungry? Well you’re in luck, as Sintra’s specialities queijadas (pastries stuffed with a sweet cheese mix) and travesseiros (puff pastry pillows filled with almond cream and sprinkled with sugar) are delicious. Café Saudade is said to be the birthplace of the former, so grab a table on its sun-kissed terrace for a sweet afternoon treat.

Castelo dos Mouros

Castelo dos Mouros

Sintra, Lisbon Coast

Piercing Sintra's skyline, Castelo dos Mouros is perched high above the town centre and perfectly-positioned for views aplenty. This 8th-century fortress is another example of the area's Moorish heritage and...
Enjoy vinho verde at Incomum

Enjoy vinho verde at Incomum

Sintra, Lisbon Coast

Incomum is chef Luis Santos' contemporary twist on Portuguese cuisine. Enjoy the seasonally-changing menu of fresh fish, grilled meats and delicate desserts as you dine al fresco in the streets of Sintra. And...
Taverna dos Trovadores

Taverna dos Trovadores

Sintra, Lisbon Coast

Authentic Portuguese dishes, delicious wine and live music make Taverna dos Trovadores the perfect place to relax after a long day exploring. So order some grilled meats and a glass of red wine, and soak up the...
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