If you are in Lisbon a day trip to Sintra is a great option. The city is nested in the middle of a forest and it boasts several colorful castles and parks. To get there, we took a 45 minute lovely train from Lisbon. Though the station is located a bit away from the center, the walk is simply splendid. You get to walk through a lush forest dotted with cool sculptures.
Sintra City Center
Upon entering the main square, Praça da República, you will see the beautiful Sintra National Palace. Be sure to go inside the Palace, it will surprise you. Afterwards, just like us, you can have coffee and try the local queijada. Definitely not my cup of tea, but who knows, you may like it. Do not forget to explore the twisted Quinta da Regaleira (Regaleira Palace and Gardens) full of mythical and esoteric elements.
After a brief rest we went to the famous Palácio da Pena (Pena Palace). I hadn’t been there on my first time in Portugal, so this time I was not going to pass. Unlike the abovementioned sites, the Pena Palace is a bit far from the city, so we had to take a bus. From the bus you will be able to see the imposing Castelo dos Mouros (Moorish Castle) in the distance. We spent hours just going in and out the Pena Palace. Especially interesting are the watchtowers with outstanding views to the entire town. Though the palace was super crowded, we didn’t care.
Day Trip to Sintra
What we did care about was the fact we didn’t have enough time to check the nearby Park and Palace of Monserrate and take the tram to go to the Praia das Maçãs. Please go and report back to us, I bet both places are for sure worth going. Considering all of the above I reckon that Sintra is not only a great day trip from Lisbon. Exactly, you can easily spend 3 days enjoying all that Sintra has to offer.
If you decide to spend the night or two in Sintra Happy Frog recommends staying at Casa da Pendoa.
In Lisbon stay at Patria Hotel.