Since you’re at Sintra don’t be skimp, see the great sights and walk those extra miles! There are many ways to see Sintra but this itinerary is the best route from the main parking lot at Palace of Pena. You can take certain vehicles around the grounds or take a private tour. Whatever you do, you’ll absolutely be in line for some great fun and views!
Day 1: The Way to See it All in Sintra
Sintra is an excellent way to spend a full day and is one of Portugal’s most popular attractions. Wear good shoes since you’ll be walking a lot; the sights are spread out beyond the rolling mountains.
- SOD – 12:30: The Palace of Pena and its surrounding gardens are magnificent, this is the first sight to see in Sintra, it’s time-consuming and there is a nice restaurant within the palace for lunch
- 12:45 – 13:30: During your exploration on the grounds of Sintra you’ll see many statues peeking above the tree line, first of which, is the Statue of a Knight, climb the rocks to the top to enjoy the view
- 13:45 – 15:00: Another statue above the tree line is the Cruz Alta Cross, Follow the trail to the top hang out at the top for a while
- 16:35 – 18:00: There’s a bit of a walk, but it’s worth it! From the Cross-, turn back around and go to the Castle of the Moors where you can run around the stone ramparts
- 18:20 – 18:35: Head back to your car at the Pena Palace Parking lot to finish the day at some last sights in the town. Understandably you’ll want to see the Quinta Regaleira, but if you opted to see the statues it is tough to fit everything in one day. But if you are to pull the audible the Quinta Regaleira is about a 20-minute drive from Pena Palace and there is a parking lot
- 18:55 – EOD: From the Castle of Moors you’ve looked down on Downtown Sintra, but now since you’re here sit at one of the nice restaurants and treat yourself; there are also fun stores throughout the alleys. Fair warning, many of the restaurants in the area close early