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Destination guide

Step back in time in splendid Sintra

Located less than 40 minutes by car from the cosmopolitan buzz of Lisbon, surrounded by lush pine-covered hills, Sintra is one of Portugal's most effortlessly photogenic towns. It's long been a spot favoured by the country's rich and powerful, as evinced by its abundance of hilltop mansions and sprawling, pastel-hued villas. The town centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a beguiling maze of cobbled streets, lined with trinket-filled boutiques, cosy cafes and bakeries serving custard tarts, cheese cakes and other irresistible sweet treats. Sintra holiday rentals range from cosy apartments to sprawling estates, so you're sure to find one that suits all your needs.

Things to do

Sintra's crumbling castles and picture-postcard palaces

You'll find a wealth of enchanting attractions practically on the doorstep of your Sintra holiday rental. Top of the agenda for most visitors is the Pena Palace, an outlandishly ostentatious royal residence that looks somewhat like a fairytale castle designed by Antoni Gaudi. The Castle of the Moors is another must-see. Constructed in the 8th and 9th centuries, its atmospheric ruins were restored in the 1840s by King Ferdinand II. Today, its crumbling battlements blend beautifully into the surrounding lush greenery. While many of Sintra's top sights celebrate Portugal's splendid past, the News Museum is all about the here and now. This thrillingly immersive attraction explores the role of the media in the modern world, with exhibits devoted to propaganda and pioneering photojournalism.

Activities

Wining and dining in Sintra

For a spot of self-indulgence, it's hard to beat an afternoon of wine-tasting. Sintra sits at the edge of the prestigious Colares wine region, renowned for its robust reds. Sample them to your heart's content while taking in the spectacle of a clifftop vineyard overlooking the swirling Atlantic ocean. Once you've worked up an appetite, head to one of Sintra's countless family-run restaurants to sample dazzling local dishes like charcoal-grilled sardines, succulent roast octopus or rich seafood stew. Sintra isn't exactly a party town, but there are plenty of friendly bars, where you can cap off the evening with a relaxing postprandial cocktail.

Weather

Sultry summers in Sintra

Sintra holiday rentals are in particularly high demand throughout the peak summer season of June to August, when days are typically long, hot and sunny. The shoulder months of May and September are also great times to visit, offering an alluring combination of reliably warm weather and thinner visitor crowds. Sintra's climate is among the most agreeable in Europe, with short, mild winters. However, it's wise to pack warm clothes and waterproofs if you're visiting between November and February.

Natural features

Golden beaches and colossal cliffs around Sintra

Sintra's blockbuster attractions may be man-made, but it's no slouch when it comes to natural spectacle. About 20 minutes away by car lies the charming coastal town of Cascais, renowned for its golden-sand beach and crystal-clear waters. Also within easy driving distance is Praia do Magoito, a more remote beach with a distinctive fossil dune, overlooked by vertigo-inducing cliffs. The Sintra-Cascais National Park encompasses the Cabo da Roca, a spectacularly rugged headland, and the westernmost point of continental Europe.

How to get there

Transport to and around Sintra

The nearest airport is in Cascais (CAT), located 5.5 mi (8.9 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could also fly into Lisbon (LIS-Humberto Delgado), which is 14.5 mi (23.3 km) away.

How many holiday rentals are available around Municipality of Sintra?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 6,222 holiday lettings around Municipality of Sintra. From 268 villas to 73 cottages, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a city-centre property in Sintra?

Sure, getting away from it all can feel nice. But sometimes diving into the lively pace of city life is a great deal more interesting and fun! HomeAway has 1,774 city centre rental properties available. Want to try something else? See if any of our other properties tick your boxes. Our range here includes:

  • 1,249 town holiday accommodation options.
  • 1,126 seaside holiday accommodation options.
  • 869 beach holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent an apartment in Sintra?

Unpack your suitcase, admire the view and turn the kettle on. If you're searching for a place with all the conveniences of home, an apartment rental is a great way to go. You'll be able to take your pick from 4,408 different options with the help of HomeAway. If you get in soon, you could be spending as little as £16 a night. Or maybe you'd rather choose one of the area's other sought-after self-catering accommodation options, like:

  • House: 829 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £26 per night.
  • Villa: 278 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £18 per night.
  • Hotel: 227 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £16 per night.

Can I stay in Sintra in a large group?

There's nothing like getting together with old friends or spending a few weeks with your family in a terrific new locale. And what's best, HomeAway has places big enough for the whole squad. 910 apartment holiday rentals are ready to be booked. Presently, they're the most popular choice here for large groups. Properties for rent around here that can house large groups include:

  • If yours is a party of 6, we've got 1,165 rental properties appropriate for that size. Book a night for as little as £18.
  • If you've got 5 in your family, you'll be pleased to learn that there are 502 rental properties perfect. You can book one for as little as £16 per night.
  • Seeking rental properties suitable for 8 people? You'll be pleased to find out we have 373 that will fit the bill. You can get one from just £16 a night.

You and your posse will be well looked after when you organise your Sintra holiday with us!

Where are the cheapest holiday rentals in Sintra?

HomeAway is here to help you make memories with your loved ones. Providing a wide range of cost-efficient holiday rentals, you're sure to discover a fabulous pad to house you all comfortably. Campo Pequeno is a bargain-hunter's dream. And with 530 HomeAway holiday rentals at an average price of £95 a night, it's not difficult to see why. Lapa is another place worth considering. HomeAway has 1,392 and the average price is around £109 a night.

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