Welcome to our selection of holiday rentals in Sintra.
It is as the poet Alfonso Lopes Vieira wrote; "In all the land of Portugal, the whole expanse of Europe, Sintra stands out as one of the loveliest, rarest places that Nature's prodigious hand has created" and in coming to Sintra, you will see just how true it is today as the day he wrote it. Located a few kilometres away from the western coast, Sintra is one of Portugal's gems and has inspired many other writers and poets.
Sintra has some historically important monuments such as the impressive National Palace dating back to the 11th century although it has seen remodelling and expansions in the intervening years. Itís recognisable from afar by its large twin cone spires, which are actually chimneys for its kitchens. Even more magnificent though is the Quinta da Regaleira built at the beginning of the 20th century, which is quite stunning to look at from both the outside and the inside. Despite looking quite grand and inviting in them, images of the Quinta da Regaleira just don't do it justice and really must be experienced for yourself; that way you can take in the feel, atmosphere and magic of the place just as it is intended. But the true masterpiece of Sintra is of course the Castelo da Pena. Sitting high above on the rocky peaks of Serra de Sintra overlooking the town of Sintra and beyond as its king, Castelo da Pena is truly breathtaking. You can either walk up to the castle or you may take transportation up for a few Euros - its up to you but the walk up can be quite steep in parts.
Unfortunately no pictures can be taken inside the castle so you will have to make that discovery yourself for what lies within; its said to remain just as the royal family of Portugal had left it back in 1911, one hundred years ago. The outside is amazing, a fairytale castle of epic proportions with astounding views and large gardens. Its European and Middle Eastern stylings have inspired other castle designers, including Walt Disney. Even after you've been inside, make sure to spend a while walking about the castle grounds too. However, warm clothing is recommended, as it can be quite windy.
The town of Sintra itself is quite lovely. There are some chapels and churches around town as well as some museums - you may want to take your child to the toy museum or go yourself if you are feeling particularly nostalgic to your own childhood. There are also several quality restaurants about town that specialise in a range of cuisines, you'll be sure to find somewhere you enjoy eating at. Itís pleasant to just walk around town and take in the various sights and soak in the atmosphere. The beaches close by are also quite attractive with a huge sandy beach and a sea thatís perfect for swimming, surfing and other watersports.
With the palaces, the castle and other monuments, Sintra is an ideal town to go sightseeing - there's just so much to see. Some attractions can take all day to get the most out of. An ideal place to go on holiday; just make sure you visit the castle and the palace.
Looking for self catering holiday accommodation in Sintra? Then below is a selection of holiday villas in Sintra and holiday apartments in Sintra that can be rented direct from their owners. You can either click on each listing for further details or you can use our search engine on the left if you are looking for something in particular.
A private villa set in the grounds of the Penha Longa Golf Course located close to Sintra, Lisbon Coast, Portugal. This self-catering house has 5 bedrooms, central heating, air-conditioning and a smal...