Parque da Pena
Palácio Nacional da Pena
Rising up from a thickly wooded peak and often enshrouded in swirling mist, Palácio Nacional da Pena is a wacky confection of onion...
Castelo dos Mouros
Soaring 412m above sea level, this mist-enshrouded ruined castle looms high above the surrounding forest. The 9th-century Moorish...
Museu do Brinquedo
Sintra’s toy story is Museu do Brinquedo. João Arbués Moreira’s fascinating 20,000-piece collection presents a chronological romp, from...
Taverna dos Trovadores
This atmospheric restaurant and bar features live music (folk and acoustic) on Friday and Saturday nights – an institution that’s been...
Café do São Pedro
Gold-framed prints and a Victrola lend an old-world air to this inviting cafe. You’ll find coffees, teas and good-value lunch specials.
Parque da Pena information
200m up the road from Castelo dos Mouros is Parque da Pena, filled with tropical plants, huge redwoods and fern trees, camellias, rhododendrons and lakes (note the castle-shaped duck houses for web-footed royalty!). It’s cheaper to buy a combined ticket if you want to visit Palácio Nacional da Pena too.
Buses to the park entrance leave from Sintra train station and near the turismo (tourist office). A taxi costs around €8 one way. The steep, zigzagging walk through pine and eucalyptus woods from Sintra-Vila is around 3km.