The fairy tale ambiance
Palaces, country houses, chalets, villas, monasteries, a castle, half hidden by vegetation and mist. Some of the places you can visit, others are private and are obviously closed to the public. Anyway, you can see them from the streets!
Sintra lush hills, with all the exotic plants brought from everywhere in the world in a way to reconstitute the forest in the late 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries.
Here are the monuments you can visit (entrance tickets can be bought online):
Parque e Palácio da Pena (Pena Palace and Park) click here for all information Please note that you are not allowed to get your own car to Pena Palace, here’s the information, circulation limited to authorized vehicles and public transports only. You can go there by bus (434, bus stop at Sintra train station you can see all the information here), taxi, organized tour or hiking, there are several ways to walk the hills, information about it here.
Although most of visitors go only to the Palace and its terraces, I strongly encourage you to visit the Park, it's huge, 200 hectares, and beautiful, of course you can visit only a part of it and I'm sure you'll love it, just don't be scared about its size. What I suggest is to go up to the Palace first and then just go down the Park and exit at the Lakes entrance. In high season there's also a hop on - hop off bus if you do not want to walk around.
For this visit I should say you have at least two hours, but it can last four hours or more to visit the palace, the park... or more, it depends on you!
Pictures of the Palácio and Parque: