A magical, fairy tale-like city in Portugal, Sintra boasts a number of stunning castles, historical buildings complete with gargoyles, exotic gardens, and a backdrop of national park woodlands and mountains to one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. Perhaps the best way to start a holiday in Sintra is to simply wander the streets and soak in the charming surroundings; around every corner you will be getting your camera out to take yet another picture. Stop off at the romanticist Pena National Palace, the home of Portuguese monarchs during the 18th and 19th centuries, and it is easy to see why it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal.
Renting holiday accommodation in Sintra
Apartments and villas in and around Sintra offer a great alternative to hotels and bed and breakfasts. Not only will renting holiday accommodation through HouseTrip save you cash, but it is also a way of giving yourself some extra freedom while you are on your trip. You will have a much more relaxing experience, with added privacy and independence, and you can use a number of facilities that you might not have access to in a hotel, such as a kitchen for cooking up a Portuguese feast and washing machine – handy with young kids around.
Where to stay in Sintra
HouseTrip caters for a wide variety of needs and budgets; whatever you are looking for in your holiday to Sintra, be it a villa for the whole family or a city centre pad for a smaller group – you can find the ideal self-catering accommodation through HouseTrip. On top of its enchanted, quaint feel, Sintra is also renowned for fantastic culinary delights – seafood and meat cooked with a variety of spices, such as cinnamon, piri-piri and saffron – whether you pick up some local ingredients from one of the markets and cock up a storm back at your villa or pop into the restaurant around the corner from your city centre apartment, you will be sure to come home bragging to friends about your new favourite style of food.
Sintra with the family
Have you ever been palace hopping? Sintra has a number to visit, including Quinta da Regaleira, Pena National, Sintra National, Monserrate, Ramalhão and Seteais Palace, along with the Castle of the Moors, all of which are guaranteed to rouse excitement from the whole family. Given the location, there are a range of outdoors activities that could appeal, depending on the age of your kids; how about canoeing, rafting, mountain biking or jeep tours? If you would rather keep your feet on the ground, there are some unforgettable walking trails to take part in – just remember to pack some sensible shoes before you set off.