reasons to book a tour
THE BEST WAY TO visit sintra
If you are travelling on a schedule or have only a day available for Sintra’s Wonderland then or best recommendation is to book a Tour.
We know you are thinking this is an obvious statement, come from the best Tour company around (no modesty here, we are good in what we do) – it is , we want you with us – but it’s also the most honest recommendation from local’s that know what they are talking about.
We would give a family member or friend the same information if they were in the same position!
As mentioned, many times, Sintra has a never-ending list of things to see, do, get to know and experience that you will miss out on the good stuff if you don’t have a local to guide you (or do a lot of planning ahead)!
NAVIGATING INSIDE SINTRA
Getting to Sintra (from Lisbon or Cascais) is easy but getting around in Sintra for another hand can get confusing , overwhelming and time consuming specially if you wish to walk your way around it or rely on the public buses (they are very busy / packed) :
- Don’t forget the Gem – Pena Palace – is located on the top of hill and although it’s less than 3km from the Centre or Station, if you wish to walk it takes more than 1h to get up to the entrance and it’s a steep hike!
- If you are thinking of coming by car: Apart from the circulation being a pain in the a** once you get to the centre (small roads, traffic, one way routes that can take you away from the centre), as well as parking (a nightmare), private vehicles are not allowed in certain areas such as to access Pena Palace
- Expect Ques in most of the main locations specially if you get caught in the wrong timings – buses have big lines also! There are buses right in front of the train station, that navigate you to Pena Palace but apart from busy they don’t run very frequent!
DON'T MISS OUT ON THE TOP ATTRACTIONS
Visiting monument in the inside, such as Quinta da Regaleira or Pena Palace can be very time consuming and also tiering (especially if you have been walking, standing up on the bus or worrying with traffic and GPS). Most of the sights have a big area to visit, and without a map or the best tips and recommendations at the end of the day it can turn out to ruin your trip! Luckily, we have been inside these sights since kids so we know the best way around them!
Another of Sintra’s precious features is its rich history, its stories, myths and legends, all the details, curiosities and mysticism! There is always “something” to know about or see at every corner – you really need someone to give you all the good stuff! A local “friend for a day” basically (but be careful sometimes we become a real friend for a lifetime) that will not just tour you around, but also make sure that you understand why our home town is so special and hopefully make you feel our passion for this magical place!
For single day trips: If you choose to visit Sintra by public transportations and or walking, don’t expect to do much more than the Historical Centre and one monument visit (specially if you go for Pena Palace). Unless you are extremely well prepared (transport timetables , knowledge of the itinerary, doing everything on schedule etc.) and get to a very early start we highly doubt that you will able to get to see other areas (Cascais , Cabo da Roca, Sintra coast beaches etc.) or visit more than one monument in the inside , as well as missing out on all the view points etc.
To Resume: No matter if you choose a Private Tour or Group Experience (see Private VS Group Tour if you don’t know witch option to decide) you will definitely make the best decision because this is with no doubt the best way to visit Sintra!