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Sintra, District of Lisbon. Situated to the northwest, in Greater Lisbon, the county of Sintra, with around 386,000 inhabitants. (INE, 2021), it is a unmissable destination for day trips and weekends of visitors and locals who come here to contemplate its rich heritage and attractions.


The municipality (municipality) of Sintra is part of the AML - Metropilitana Area of Lisbon, or Greater Lisbon.

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Landscape in Sintra, District of Lisbon, Centro Region © Google Earth Pro

Unmissable Sintra

On the outskirts of Lisbon, Sintra is an unmissable trip for several reasons. And every discovery should begin by the "Palácio da Vila with its two conical chimneys, so characteristic that they will serve as a compass for return to this meeting point. Dating back to the end of the 14th century, it was the summer resort of many kings throughout the history of Portugal. Each room is decorated differently and has a story to know, for in addition to the interior being a surprise as it is a true tile museum, with applications from the century. XVI, the beginning of its use in Portugal" [Visit Portugal].

Many attractions around Lisbon

Located just 30 km northwest of Lisbon, Sintra offers many interesting attractions to its numerous visitors.
Beautiful natural landscapes, trademark of this incredible place, varied historical and cultural heritage, in addition to being classified Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

An unforgettable journey for anyone visiting Portugal. See some highlights among the attractions Sintra tourist attractions:

Palácio Nacional da Pena

Palácio de Moserrate and its gardens

Palácio da Regaleira (or Quinta da Regaleira)

Museums and cultural spaces

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Sintra, 2nd urban agglomeration in Portugal

The urban agglomeration of Sintra, with about 306 million inhabitants, is the second largest agglomeration of Portugal, second only to Lisbon.

Growth of the resident population
With 319 km², the municipality of Sintra has a population of 385,654 inhabitants (INE, 2021). In 2011, Sintra had 377,835 inhabitants, that is, its resident population grew by 2.1%.

Surf em Sintra, Distrito de Lisboa, Região Centro © Images of Portugal
Surfing in Sintra, District of Lisbon, Centro Region © Images of Portugal

What to do in Sintra

With great tourist activity, Sintra has a wide range of cultural and other events to offer its visitors. inhabitants and numerous visitors.

Olga Cadaval Cultural Center
Among the various events that take place at the Centro Cultural Olga Cadaval stand out the plays, musical shows, concerts and many other activities.

Find out more: What to do in Sintra

Practice sports in Sintra

Lovers of sports activities can practice their favorite sport in the various structures available. From surfing to golf, there are several sports with several options at your disposal.

Find out more: Sports in Sintra

Where to eat in Sintra

Sintra offers a wide range of restaurants, cafes and bars, with snacks and traditional food or of international cuisine. Some highlights: Tascantiga, Midori, Arola, Taverna dos Trovadores and the Adega do Coelho.

Find out more: Where to eat in Sintra

Onde comer em Sintra, Distrito de Lisboa, Região Centro © Images of Portugal
Where to eat in Sintra, District of Lisbon, Centro Region © Images of Portugal

Where to stay in Sintra

From luxury hotels to affordable accommodation, there is a wide range of hotels in Sintra. Some establishments: Chalet Saudade, Oasis Backpackers Hostel Sintra Surf, Hotel Ibis Lisboa Sintra, Sintra Sol (seasonal apartments) and Quinta das Murtas.

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The municipality of Sintra is located northwest of Lisbon; it is limited to the north by Mafra, to the east with Loures, Odivelas and Amadora, to the southeast with Oeiras, to the south with Cascais and on the west by the Atlantic Ocean.

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Landscape in Sintra, District of Lisbon, Centro Region © Google Earth Pro

Sintra Heritage of Humanity

Sintra, Cultural Heritage of Humanity - Heritage of Humanity, Sintra and the Serra de Sintra, also known such as Monte da Lua, must be included in the itinerary of your visit to Lisbon.

Palace of Pena

Moorish Castle and Pena Palace in Sintra
Among the many attractions of Sintra - castles, palaces, fountains, monuments and others - the imposing and majestic Moorish Castle stands out and Pena Palace.

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Pena Palace, Sintra © Jose Manuel / Images Of Portugal

Parishes of Sintra

The 11 parishes of Sintra are as follows:

+ Information about Sintra

• Address: Largo Dr. Virgil Horta. 2714-501 Sintra
• Telephone: +351 219 238 500
• Official Link: CM de Sintra
• Social networks: , Instagram: @camaradesintra
• Contact via email:
• Opening hours:
  From 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Monday to Friday

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Greater Lisbon

In addition to the largest urban agglomeration in the country (Lisbon), Sintra, Cascais, Loures, Almada and Oeiras complete the podium of the Top 5 largest cities in Portugal.

Great Port

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