Exploring Sintra from Lisbon by your own day tour, total cost with entrances: €45.6
Embarking on a self-guided day tour from Lisbon to Sintra is not only easy but also a great way to save money while immersing yourself in the rich cultural and historical tapestry of Portugal. Here’s a step-by-step guide to making the most of your adventure.
1. Train Journey to Sintra: Start your journey by purchasing a return ticket for the train to Sintra. This is the most cost-effective and convenient way to travel, €2.30 each way. Trains run frequently from Lisbon’s Rossio or Oriente stations, and the journey takes approximately 40 minutes.
2. From Sintra Station to the Castle: Upon arriving at Sintra station, you have several options to reach the castles. While walking is possible, it takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes. To maximize your day, consider taking a bus for €3.5 or opt for a TukTuk ride, which costs €10 per person. The TukTuk not only adds an element of fun to your trip but also provides an opportunity to learn about the area from the driver.
3. Visiting the Palacio y Parque Nacional da Pena: Once at the castle, purchase your ‘Entradas’ for the Palacio y Parque Nacional da Pena for €14/adult and includes the castle and the garden. Buying tickets on the spot is recommended as entry is organized in 30-minute slots, allowing you to enter the next available one. Don’t miss out on the gardens – a haven for hikers and nature lovers, boasting numerous beautiful spots such as the Valley of the Lakes and the Queen’s Fern Garden.
4. Exploring the Castle and Gardens: Allocate around 1 hour to explore the castle and another hour for the gardens. Start with the castle, marveling at its romantic architecture and panoramic views. Then, descend through the gardens, enjoying the serene landscape and discovering hidden gems along the way. You can check the coolest and hidden spots in Tailbox app.
5. Return Journey to Sintra Station: After your hike, you can either walk back to Sintra station or catch a TukTuk for about €5. On your way back, make sure to stop by the Poco Iniciatico, a mysterious well that was used for ceremonial purposes. Its spiral staircase and mystical ambiance make it a must-see.
6. Discovering Poco Iniciatico and Sintra Town: The Poco Iniciatico, an enigmatic initiation well, is a symbol of the esoteric and mystical allure of Sintra. The entrance costs €12/adult. Its architecture is steeped in symbolism and offers a unique glimpse into the town’s mystical past.
7. Leisurely Walk Back to the Station: Finally, as you head back to the train station, take a leisurely 20-minute stroll through the charming streets of Sintra. This walk is a perfect way to end your day, giving you a chance to soak in the local culture and scenery.
Embarking on this self-guided tour of Sintra not only saves you money but also gives you the freedom to explore at your own pace, making your trip a truly personal and unforgettable experience.