Top 10 Things to do Adventurous in Sintra, Central Portugal

May 18, 2022 Jana Sager

Long the home of Portugal’s monarchs, Sintra is a magnificent town of marvelous historic mansions, all set against the backdrop of lush hills. Sintra’s many castles include the Palácio Nacional de Sintra (a main abode of Portuguese royalty until the early 20th century), the hilltop and storybook Palácio da Pena, Quinta de Regaleira (incorporating several architectural styles and with gorgeous surrounding gardens), the Castelo dos Mouros (Moorish Castle), and the Palácio de Monserrate.
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1. Quinta da Regaleira

Rua Barbosa do Bocage, Sintra 2710-567 Portugal +351 21 910 6650 [email protected] http://www.regaleira.pt/
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Quinta da Regaleira

Classified as World Heritage by UNESCO and built at the turn of the 20th century, this romantic architectural complex is comprised of a Palace, a Chapel, and gardens with grottos.

Reviewed By richardb552016 - London, United Kingdom

This palace is a must for anyone visiting Lisbon. Within easy reach by train and bus, the gardens are a delight with many follies, chapels, delightful views and what is called an Initiation Well which is an absolute must including stepping stones and looking through a waterfall amongst other attractions. The cafe affords a lovely outdoor seating area with views of the palace and gardens. The architecture of all of the buildings are magical in appearance. Allow at least 2 hours. The walk to the top of the garden area is fairly steep but worthwhile. Then it is all downhill from there!

2. CAZZULU

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CAZZULU

Tour guides with exclusive offers customized, adapted to the preferences of visitors. Discover the Culture, Traditions & Flavor that of Portugal https://www.instagram.com/p/BwLE4P4BV5g/

3. FlaminGO_Experiences

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FlaminGO_Experiences

Being born and raised here, we spent our childhood and teenage years getting into every nook and cranny of this beautiful place. In our escapades we tasted every food, saw every scenery and experienced all our culture has to offer. But like all great things in life, they're only great if you share the fun with others.

4. Cycling Rentals & Tours

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Cycling Rentals & Tours

Join us on a guided or self guided day trip through beautiful Sintra or try our Hassle Free Bike Hire and equipment rental service anywhere in Spain or Portugal. We also offer bespoke self guided Cycling holidays and we are Camino Cycling Specialists offering a range of Camino tour packs and services to take you on your journey to Santiago.

5. Praia da ursa

Cabo da Roca, Sintra Portugal http://www.praiadaursa.pt/
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Praia da ursa

Reviewed By 789stephend - Vancouver, Canada

I found Cabo da Roca to be beautiful and the ocean crashing against the cliffs. There are some hiking trails to explore, well worth the trip out here.

6. Portugal Nature Trails

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Portugal Nature Trails

We are a company targeting the overseas market and set out to be the company with the most outstanding and breathtaking hiking and cycling outdoor adventure tours in Portugal. Exploring the country’s wildest and most well-preserved regions while tasting the best local food and wine. Spending the night from 4/5 star hotels to simple welcoming rural local bed and breakfasts. Adventure and local culture on a guided, self-guided, or tailor-made tour.

7. Walk Hike Portugal

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Walk Hike Portugal

In Walk Hike Portugal experiences, we share “off the beaten track” hiking tours with our clients in the Cascais-Sintra Natural Park with also it’s Wine Routes in the “Colares” and “Mafra” wine regions, the Route of the Historic Villages in the North and Center of Portugal, the Amazing Azores Islands and the thin air in the Highlands. Sustainable Tourism is our habitat, and our goal is to provide enriching experiences for our clients feel closer and more integrated in the local communities, introduce them to our people so that they may experience our food, listen to our stories and share our secrets. We try hard to our tours always contemplate the mix between Natural Park – Communities – Cultural Park. Call us, we look forward that you join us in our adventures, on DAILY or VACATION programs.

8. Go2Cintra Tours

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Go2Cintra Tours

The birth of Go2Cintra is due to our great passion for Sintra and for there being a need to present Sintra in an authentic way. As our name indicates, our big bet is in Cultural Tourism in Sintra and so we are located right in front of the Train Station to be more easy for everyone who visit us. We have employees with great references, all natural from Sintra with a vast knowledge about its history and cultural landscape, all with the same Philosophy, Passion and Motivation, to provide to those who visit us daily and Sintrenses themselves, a unique way and the most Sustainable possible to stroll through the Beautiful Cultural Landscape of Sintra. Our fleet consists of 100% electric vehicles such as e-cars and e-bikes and a Jeep with all the necessary conditions so that all those who visit us feel the true Sintra experience.

9. Initiation Well

Rua Barbosa Du Bocage 9 Quinta da Regaleira, Sintra 2710-353 Portugal +351 21 910 6650 http://www.regaleira.pt/en
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Initiation Well

Reviewed By ericsE2241OU - Birr, Ireland

This well is a great place to visit as part of a tour of the Quinta da Regaleira. It is unique (in my experience), and of great interest if you are into the Knights Templar and similar groups. Look ot for the Knights Templar cross there

10. Castelo dos Mouros

Estrada da Pena Parque de Monserrate, Sintra 2710-609 Portugal +351 21 923 7300 [email protected] http://www.parquesdesintra.pt/en/parks-and-monuments/moorish-castle
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Castelo dos Mouros

The Moorish Castle is a military fortification that bears witness to the Islamic presence in the region, and was probably constructed between the eighth and ninth centuries and later expanded after the Reconquista. Overlooking the town of Sintra, it served as a watchtower, guaranteeing the protection of Lisbon and its surroundings.

Reviewed By howardform

Everyone comes to Sintra for Pena Palace and frankly I liked the Moorish Castle alot more, its really cool. Be aware there is alot of walking up stairs and hill climbing , so you have to be in shape The views are amazing, you can get the best photos of the castle from the castle and you can also get great photos of Pena Palace from here as well It is less crowded than Pena Palace

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