Destination guide

The royal treatment—modern retreats in a fairytale setting

Set in the foothills of Portugal's Sintra Mountains, the Municipality of Sintra isn't far from the country's capital city of Lisbon, but you'll feel like you're a world away. Sintra's forested lands are something out of a fairytale—dotted with pastel-colored villas, castle ruins, and ornate palaces, the surrounding park remains a strong reminder for visitors that this was once a longtime royal sanctuary. Browse Municipality of Sintra vacation rentals close to the coast, and today you'll find modern villas with infinity pools and stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Things to do

Sintra rules—escape it all like Portuguese royalty

There are 2 palaces well worth visiting in Sintra. The ornate Sintra National Palace is notable for its white twin chimneys and elaborate tilework, while the hilltop Pena National Palace, dating back to the 19th century, is known for its eclectic colors, whimsical design, and sweeping forest views. Both offers tours that pull back the curtain on life in Sintra back in the day. Whether or not you plan to visit Sintra's castles, the well-marked walking and hiking trails through the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park make for a grand day out, and you can find maps available in the tourist centers.

Activities

Cobbled streets? Castles? Beaches? Check, check, and check.

The village of Sintra is full of steep, cobbled streets lined with charming shops selling unique wares, and lively eateries serving traditional Portuguese fare. Local tours of the castles and through the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park are available, or you can easily go on a self-guided walking tour of the area. Thanks to its coastal positioning, beach-goers will be happily occupied in the Municipality of Sintra, with stretches of sandy coastline and crystal blue waters easily accessible. Rent a boat for a day, and take in the views from the water.

Weather

A cool retreat from the city, almost all year round

In summer, Municipality of Sintra vacation rentals offer a cool escape from the sweltering temps in the cities—not for nothing was this forested enclave a popular retreat for Portuguese royalty. Today, thanks to its proximity to the coast, prices and crowds are both at their peak between June and August. Instead, consider visiting in spring or fall. The so-called shoulder seasons still boast warm weather, but with smaller crowds and better prices. You'll find the fewest people and the best deals in winter, but the weather can on the cool side, so you'll want to pack accordingly.

Natural features

Woods you rather—Sintra's misty, fairytale-worthy forests

Sintra's prime positioning in the foothills of the Sintra Mountains—with lush, misty forests on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other—makes for a dynamic and dramatic landscape. All along the coast, sandy beaches stretch next to the sea, offering another welcome respite from nearby Lisbon. Here, you'll find plunging cliffs, caves, and rock formations climbing from the crashing waves. You can also take your pick from a number of seaside restaurants that exclusively serve local seafood—a tasty reminder of the marine life swimming just out of sight.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Sintra

The nearest airport is in Cascais (CAT), located 5.5 mi (8.9 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could also fly into Lisbon (LIS-Humberto Delgado), which is 14.5 mi (23.3 km) away.

Where to stay around Sintra?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,926 vacation rentals near Sintra. From 449 Houses to 241 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Sintra for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Sintra?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Sintra. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Galamares: 39 vacation rentals
  • Várzea de Sintra: 70 vacation rentals
  • Pena Palace: 6,620 vacation rentals
  • Albarraque: 21 vacation rentals
  • Sintra National Palace: 6,557 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Sintra! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Sintra?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Sintra:

  • Lisbon: 5,291 rentals
  • Cascais: 1,207 rentals
  • Ericeira: 758 rentals
  • Estoril: 1,312 rentals
  • Sesimbra: 2,299 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Sintra?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Sintra. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Pena Palace: 6,620 rentals
  • Sintra National Palace: 6,557 rentals
  • Sao Martinho Church: 6,562 rentals
  • Monserrate Palace: 6,486 rentals
  • Quinta da Regaleira: 6,539 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Sintra listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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