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6 of the Best Attractions in Sintra

Sintra is the most popular day trip from Lisbon. The village boasts extraordinary palaces, a Moorish castle, a semitropical garden and scenic views. Here are six of the best attractions in Sintra to help you plan your trip.

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Baixa & Rossio at a Glance

The Baixa is Lisbon’s downtown, and one of the most important sightseeing districts. It contains everything, from historic squares to an eccentric wrought-iron street lift, to museums, to shops, historic cafés and restaurants.


Gulbenkian: Museum, Modern Art Centre & Gardens

Gulbenkian is an unmissable attraction in Lisbon. The Museum’s collection is of the highest quality, and covers an impressive range of periods and areas. For some Portuguese contemporary art, visit the Modern Art Centre. If you have the time, the Gulbenkian gardens are a great place for a picnic.


Fado Museum: Listen to Fado and Learn its History

A visit to the Fado Museum gives you an insight into Lisbon’s culture, and the Alfama neighbourhood where the genre was born. It’s a great opportunity to sample some of the best fado voices, and learn about the fado history and the instruments it uses.


Mosteiro dos Jerónimos

The Mosteiro dos Jerónimos is Belém’s ex-libris, a Unesco-listed monastery commissioned by King Dom Manuel I, the Portuguese monarch at the time of Vasco da Gama’s pioneering sea voyage to India in 1498.


Parque das Nações at a Glance

In complete contrast to Lisbon’s historic neighbourhoods, the area known as Parque das Nações has wide pedestrianized avenues along the river and futuristic buildings with plenty of space to relax. Make sure you visit the impressive Oceanário.