Sintra is an ancient Portuguese city with a history spanning over 11 centuries. It is located 23 km northwest of Lisbon. There are many exotic parks, centuries-old forests, castles, palaces, monasteries. Sintra has everything for recreation: beaches, clear water, beautiful views of the coast, surfing, fishing and lots of attractions. In 1995, the city was declared by UNESCO a monument of world culture.
According to simplyyellowpages, Cape Roca, the westernmost point of the Eurasian continent, is located 18 km from Sintra.
How to get to Sintra
Sintra is part of Greater Lisbon. The city is located about 20 km from the capital of Portugal, where it takes about 5 hours to fly from Russia, and is connected with it by convenient transport routes. From all railway stations in Lisbon, commuter trains leave for Sintra, from some – even around the clock. You can also go there by bus and taxi. But still, most tourists prefer trains that run quite often. In particular, low ticket prices speak in favor of the railway.
The main congestion of taxis can be seen at the train station or in front of the Sintra Vila post office. They operate without a meter for a fixed fee. A one-way fare is approximately EUR 12 to the Pena Palace or EUR 19 to the Capuchin Monastery and back. There is a 20% surcharge on weekends and holidays. The best way to travel around Sintra is by bus and then walk to the desired location.
Most taxis are at the train station or in front of the Sintra-Vila post office.
Regular bus number 433 runs from Portela Interface to San Pedro (fare will be 1 EUR, travel time – 15 minutes, every half hour from 7 am to 8 pm) via Estefania and Sintra Vila. To get to the Pena Palace, you need to take bus number 434 (circular bus route), which leaves from the Sintra railway station and passes through Sintra Vila. A ticket for this route can be purchased from the bus driver, the ticket price is approximately 5 EUR for the whole day (15 minutes on the road, runs every 20 to 40 minutes from 9:35 am to 18:05). The last bus from the palace returns at 18:20.
For the price of 12 EUR you can buy a Day Rover, a ticket valid on all Scotturb buses. A one-day train and bus ticket (15 EUR) is valid on the Lisbon-Sintra line and on all Scotturb buses. Ticket kiosks are located at the “Portela Interface” (near the car park) and opposite the Sintra train station.
Bicycle for rent
Cycling in Sintra can be quite fun and interesting, but for those who already have some experience. You can rent a bike at Camigno do Castelo (address: Sintra, Rua Consiglieri Pedroso, 15; opening hours: 10:00 – 19:00).
There are a lot of cars in the city on weekends and holidays, and parking becomes a problem. Therefore, the best option is to find a parking space in the lower part of the city and then walk to the center on foot.
Sintra is perfect for a serene summer holiday in comfortable conditions.
- Praia das Masansh (“Apple Beach”) is the westernmost resort in Europe, which can be reached by a century-old tram from Sintra. On the south side, it is bounded by a river that flows into the Atlantic Ocean. Apple orchards grew along the banks of this river, and in the summer, at the height of the tourist season, fallen apples were washed into the ocean, and then thrown ashore by waves – hence the unusual name. The water here is very clean, so people come to Praia das Masansh to relax with children. In addition, there are conditions for surfing, body surfing, fishing. The resort is open all year round thanks to the built in the middle of the 20th century. pool.
- Magoytu is a small seaside resort at the mouth of the river of the same name. There are many restaurants and cafes here.
- Ursa is a small beach near the rocks. Many consider it the most beautiful in Portugal, although this is not the best place for swimming – the sea is cold.
- Aguda is a small beach with ample parking, although there is no direct access to it. To get to the beach, you need to go down a steep staircase.
The Atlantic coast near Sintra is rich in marine life and vegetation. There are octopuses, cuttlefish, squid, mussels, shells, as well as various types of crabs, lobsters and lobsters.
Cuisine and restaurants of Sintra
In any restaurant or cafe in the city of Sintra, the famous cheese pie is sure to be on the menu. It is prepared according to an old recipe from several varieties of local cheese and soaked in almond liqueur. Sintra is also known for the high skill of its winemakers.
- Binhoteca is one of the best wine bars in Portugal. Jazz plays here, this place is considered glamorous. Address: Sintra, Rua das Padarias, 16.
- Lawrence’s Restaurant is the perfect place for romantic dates with classical music and candlelight. The restaurant is located in the hotel of the same name and serves modern Portuguese cuisine. A 3-course lunch costs approximately 30 EUR. Address: Sintra, Rua Consiglieri Pedroso, 38.
The hallmark of Sintra’s cuisine is cheese cake and local wines.
- Páteo do Garrett is a colorful rustic-style restaurant with many decorative elements, the main feature is the patio in the shade of a huge tree, overlooking the rooftops of Sintra. The main dishes of this restaurant are spicy black sausages and clams cooked according to an old classic recipe with garlic and coriander. Address: Sintra, Rua Maria Eugenia Reis F Navarro, 7.
- Restaurante Tirol Pastelaria is a patisserie with desserts filled with air cream and macaroons. Address: Sintra, Largo Afonso de Albuquerque, 9.