You’ll hear people saying that Sintra is magical and mystic and mysterious, but you won’t understand it until you go there yourself. When you visit it, you’ll be amazed by its character and beauty, and you surely won’t want to take a break from that pleasant haze by staying somewhere you don’t like.
That’s why we made things easier for you: we’ve gathered the absolute best places where you can have an amazing stay and we’ve organized them from the most expensive to the cheapest one. You’re very welcome! Here are our top 10 best places to stay in Sintra, from the top hotels to cozy vacation rentals.
It may be pricey but it sure deserves every penny. This historic villa is a dream: its beautiful architecture with stone floors and vaulted ceilings only adds to its magical atmosphere, where you’ll feel like a duke or duchess on holidays. The owners have turned the place into somewhere special by bringing European paintings and Asian ceramics from their travels into the house. There will be plenty to admire! The five bedrooms are uniquely styled and each one will be able to fit your needs and wishes in a specific way. This villa has literally everything: a library, an amazing garden, a country-style kitchen, a huge dining room, a wine cellar… What else could you possibly ask for? Make a wish and maybe you’ll get the chance to stay at this incredible place and to have the best stay of your entire life.
Historic family villa with private pool
Price: from 568 USD / 484 EUR
Number of Guests: 10
This resort is a treat for the luxury lovers. Penha Longa Resort is set in a beautiful building resembling a palace, within the grounds of Sintra-Cascais Natural Park. It features a golf course and a spa centre, as well as a Michelin starred restaurant. Every room includes a private balcony with lovely views and every amenity you could ask for: a Nespresso coffee machine, air conditioning an iPod docking station, and more! This resort will give you an unforgettable stay that you won’t stop talking about for years!
Penha Longa Resort
Address: Estrada da Lagoa Azul - Linho, 2714-511 Sintra, Portugal (see map)
Price: from 338 USD / 288 EUR
Villa Maria Pena Palace is located on the grounds of Sintra-Cascais Natural Park. The villa features 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a living room with fireplace, central heating, and a picturesque fully equipped kitchen. It also has free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen cable TV and private parking, very useful if you’re traveling by car. The villa is just beautiful, with its traditional Portuguese furniture and vintage décor. It is a great choice for the ones who need a treat as well as a great stay.
Villa Maria Pena Palace
Price: from 232 USD / 198 EUR
Number of Guests: 6
This villa is located in the village of Galamares, one of the several lovely villages surrounding Sintra. It’s just a few minutes from the centre of Sintra, 5 minutes from beautiful beaches and 30 minutes to downtown Lisbon. You’ll be close to everywhere you should visit during your stay! The villa features a garden with a private pool and a large barbecue area, a terrace and an open air outdoor covered lounge area. Inside there’s a spacious living room with views to the hills, 4 bedrooms (2 with ensuite bathrooms), a fully equipped kitchen, a bathroom and – let the drums roll! - a games room with fitness area! How can you resist it?
Galamares Holiday Villa
Price: from 220 USD / 187 EUR
Number of Guests: 10
The name says it all. If you’re on a romantic getaway, you should seriously consider staying at this place. The Romantic Suites & Garden Guesthouse is set in a beautiful 19th-century house, just a mere 5 minute’s walk from the train station. The house features an amazing garden with a lake and dreamy rooms decorated with vintage furniture. You can have breakfast whilst enjoying the views from the terrace and go for a swim in the garden’s pool. This would be a fantastic stay!
The Romantic Suites & Garden Guesthouse
Address: Largo Fernando Formigal de Morais, 9, 2710-564 Sintra, Portugal (see map)
Price: from 215 USD / 183 EUR
If boutique hotels aren’t your favorite thing, they should be! Sintra Boutique Hotel is a perfect place to stay with your partner on your romantic holiday to Sintra. Set right in the town centre, this hotel has lovely, cosy rooms with beautiful views of the historic centre and the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park. The rooms are spacious, with modern furnishings and include a TV, Wi-Fi and a bathroom with toiletries. The hotel also has a restaurant where you can try the best of the Portuguese dishes. Doesn’t it sound great?
Sintra Boutique Hotel
Address: Rua Visconde De Monserrate nº48, 2710-591 Sintra, Portugal (see map)
Price: from 213 USD / 181 EUR
This cottage is lovely inside and out. There is no way you won’t feel like you’re in a fairytale if you stay there. It is definitely one of the best places for a lovers’ retreat, with its private garden and romantic pool. The cottage features a bedroom area that can only be accessed through a waving staircase, a kitchen with all the essentials, a bathroom and a sitting area. It is an amazing choice for any season, as it has heated floorings in the winter. Don’t hesitate to bring your other half here!
Vintage Chic Romantic Cottage
Price: from 116 USD / 99 EUR
Number of Guests: 2
If it’s you and two more people traveling to Sintra, this cosy apartment may be exactly what you’re looking for. This ground-floor apartment features one bedroom, a living room with a sofa-bed, a dining area with a fully equipped kitchen, a bathroom and a lovely patio. It has a functional and modern décor and is perfect for both long and short stays.
Apartment in the centre of Sintra
Price: from 92 USD / 78 EUR
Number of Guests: 3
Nice Way Sintra isn’t just nice: it’s honestly pretty awesome. Every room or dorm is lovely in its own way and there’s always one thing that is common to every one: the originality of their design. This small hostel is located just a couple of minutes away from the National Palace of Sintra and is set in a quiet area; it features a garden with a swing and barbecue facilities, a communal kitchen and a lounge area. Nice Way Sintra is an excellent choice for a solo traveller or a group of adventurers.
Nice Way Sintra
Address: Rua Sotto Mayor 22, 2710-628 Sintra, Portugal (see map)
Price: from 71 USD / 60 EUR
‘Moon Hill Hostel’ sounds pretty magical already. If you’re exploring the mysteries of Sintra with your group of friends, this hostel can be exactly what you need. It’s just a couple of minute’s walk from the train station and the Palace. It includes breakfast, a 24-hour reception and a luggage storage room where you can keep your bags. The rooms are air-conditioned and well-decorated, with great views of the surroundings. This hostel is probably one of the best you’ll ever stay at!
Moon Hill Hostel
Address: Rua Guilherme Gomes Fernandes, 17, 2710-721 Sintra, Portugal (see map)
Price: from 25 USD / 21 EUR
Sintra: the place that you’ll always remember
You’ll remember Sintra for its beauty, for its forbidden love stories and for its magical places. But you’ll also remember it as one of the places where you had one of the best stays of your life. That is, of course, if you follow our suggestions! It really doesn’t matter how much you’re willing to spend: our top 10 will surely have somewhere you can afford and will love to stay at. Now you just have to choose!
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