If you have one day in Sintra, the choice to make is between: the Pena Palace and the Pena Park, the Moorish Castle, and either the Palace of Sintra (Palacio Nacional de Sintra) or Quinta da Regaleira. Leave some time to explore the old town of Sintra and have a nice dinner at a local restaurant (avoid touristy places!).
We think that Pena Palace and Park, Moorish Castle, and Quinta da Regaleira and its gardens are the three absolute musts in Sintra! However, depending on how many hours you have and how long the castles stay open, you may only have the time to visit two of them in one day.
If you have only one day to visit Sintra we advise to start your day visiting the Pena Palace. This colorful castle is located on top of the hill, so it’s best to start here and walk your way downwards towards the town center. After visiting the romantic Pena Palace, you can walk through the beautiful Pena gardens to the lower entrance of the park.
From the lower entrance of the Pena Park, it’s just a couple of minutes walking back up the hill to the entrance of the Moorish Castle.
When you exit the Moorish Castle after your visit, you will see signs for Sintra historical town center. The walk is well sign-posted, easy to do, and it’s a nice relaxing way to end your day in Sintra.
If you only have one day to visit Sintra, and want to visit as much as possible, one of the best ways is taking one of our organized tours:
If you have two days in Sintra, in addition to Pena Palace, Pena Park and the Moorish Castle, you should visit Quinta da Regaleira, Monserrate Palace, and Palace of Sintra. Don’t rush and take your time to discover the beautiful gardens of Pena, Quinta da Regaleira, and Palacio de Monserrate.
At Tribos Tours you will have a Sintra tour
all included and a local guide to explain everything about the story of these beautiful places. Contact us to make a reservation now