We enjoy reading and viewing numerous other websites related to living and travelling in Portugal.


The Internet is awash with millions of websites related to Portugal. Some good, some not so! We know, because we’ve trawled many of them. From expat blog sites to enterprise travel and tourism websites – there really is something for everyone.

So we thought we’d list a number of websites we a) like to follow ourselves, and b) are sister sites to Sintra Tours. (We’re part of a group of travel websites and blogs all with one thing in common – really good stuff related to Portugal)

Anyway – take some time out and have a look for yourself. 

Sintra, Portugal at Monserrate Palace.

Sintra, Portugal at Monserrate Palace.

Salt of Portugal

In our opinion one of the best 'micro' blog sites of them all. Fascinating snippets of information backed up with fantastic photography.

Julie Dawn Fox

An informative blog site written by an experienced writer and expat living in Portugal. Definitely one to follow as Julie writes some tremendous articles about Portugal.

Moving to Portugal

If you're thinking of moving to Portugal then this blog (and accompanying book) is a must. Years of pre-planning, to eventual move, then move back to the Uk again after many years, makes for an informative and fun read.

Portugal Holidays

A fantastic resource for articles and blog posts about hidden gems and great destinations all over Portugal.

Portugal Day Trips

A clean and easy to read website with dedicated tours and trips to amazing places in Portugal. Links through to quick booking system with its tour provider.

Douro Valley Tours

One of our sister websites. Douro Valley Tours is focussed on providing comprehensive tours and trips including wine tours and river cruises.

Now this took some time! We believe we’ve compiled the most comprehensive list of resources related to Sintra on the web. Feel free to contact us if you want something adding (or removing).



Further information about prehistoric sites and prehistory in Portugal can be found at http://www.ancient-wisdom.com/portugal.htm

Chronology timeline of habitation and events pre 1500 AD in Sintra http://www.serradesintra.net/en/cronologia-sintrense/cronologia-antes-de-1500

There are a variety of megalithic structures around Sintra, due to the fact it has been continuously inhabited from at least the middle stone age approx 8000 BC – 4000 BC) . For a full listing visit http://www.ancient-wisdom.com/portuguese%20megaliths.htm to review Lisboa region.

The Sao Miguel Odrinhas archaeological museum houses the megalithic sanctuary of Monte da Barreira, comprising a large number of man made abutments and menhirs. The archaeological section covers the mid Palaeolithic (500,000 BC – 8000 BC) to the modern age, particularly concentrating on prehistoric eras and the Romans, see http://www.cm-sintra.pt/en/museums/sao-miguel-odrinhas-archaeological-museum

One of the most beautiful bronze age gold jewellery items ever found in western Europe, was the Sintra Gold Collar, now displayed in the British Museum https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sintra_Collar

The Anta de Adrenunes was believed to be a burial chamber through the megalithic period located close to Sintra but a difficult walk to access http://www.megalithic.co.uk/article.php?sid=36054


The Sao Miguel Odrinhas archaeological museum houses the ruins of the Roman villa of São Miguel de Odrinhas. The archaeological section covers the mid Palaeolithic (500,000 BC – 8000 BC) to the modern age, particularly concentrating on prehistoric eras and the Romans, see http://www.cm-sintra.pt/en/museums/sao-miguel-odrinhas-archaeological-museum

Find a listing of the Roman sites around Sintra/Lisbon on this site


The Roman ruins of a villa can be found near Colares see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_villa_of_Santo_André_de_Almoçageme

The Roman history on the Iberian peninsula is detailed on http://www.travel-in-portugal.com/history/ancient.htm

Further full history of people’s entering Portugal is described on http://www.golisbon.com/culture/history.html


Overlooking Sintra see the Moorish fortification from the 8th century at Castelo dos Mouros https://www.visitportugal.com/en/NR/exeres/C796FDC8-4D00-4AB0-88E1-29999C190724

Further information on the moorish occupation can be found on http://www.megalithic.co.uk/article.php?sid=37360

Further images of the castle of the moors can be seen on http://visionsofthepastblog.com/2013/05/13/castle-of-the-moors-sintra-portugal/

One couples take on the Moorish castle in Sintra http://travelationship.com/magical-midevil-sintra-portugal/

More facts about the history of the Moors in Sintra http://www.thenational.ae/lifestyle/travel/myths-and-history-unfold-in-castles-among-sintras-mountains


There are many medieval fairs and events throughout Portugal here are some listings http://mercadomedieval.pt

and view at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyNhmR10J9o

You can find many interesting academic papers on Sintras architecture on this site https://www.academia.edu/people/search?utf8=✓&q=+sintra#Papers

More details of the medieval history of Sintra can be found on http://www.manorhouses.com/unesco/whsintra.html

18th / 19th century

The history of the many romantic and whimisical palaces built during the 18/19th century is on http://www.sintraromantica.net/en/2015-01-16-15-58-53/history

Listings of the palaces built on a historical timeline in Sintra can be found on http://www.britannica.com/place/Sintra

Key dates and facts about the built environment are also contained on http://worldheritage.routes.travel/world-heritage-site/cultural-landscape-of-sintra/ and http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/723



Portugal has a very interesting political history during the 20th century with the end of their monarchy and the beginning of their republic in 1910, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_Portuguese_history_(Fourth_Dynasty)#20th_century


Sintra region

This site provides details of all the areas of note around Sintra http://www.cm-sintra.pt/en/landscape

View the area around Sintra at http://www.maplandia.com/portugal/lisboa-e-vale-do-tejo/grande-lisboa/sintra/sintra/

Discover sintra at  http://www.commdiginews.com/travel/sintra-portugals-delightful-undiscovered-hillside-village-12275/

and  http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2013/aug/02/sintra-portugal-atlantic-coast-travel


For a listing of all towns within 13km of Sintra see http://www.travelmath.com/cities-near/Sintra,+Portugal



Beautiful terracota roofed villages around Sintra https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=sintra+villages&qpvt=sintra+villages&qpvt=sintra+villages&FORM=IGRE


Famous food

Good eateries in Sintra reviewed at http://theculturetrip.com/europe/portugal/articles/the-10-best-restaurants-in-sintra/

and http://www.lonelyplanet.com/portugal/lisbon/sintra/restaurants

For famous pastries in Sintra read http://casadovalle.blogspot.co.uk/2011/03/as-i-have-mentioned-before-i-frequently.html

Famous Sintra cheesecakes http://www.thekitchn.com/queijadas-de-sintra-sintra-che-77981 and make them yourself at http://easyportugueserecipes.com/queijadas-de-sintra/

Travesseiros more pastry…….http://cafepatita.net/en/portuguese-almond-puffs-travesseiros/



Full listing of bars http://lisbon.angloinfo.com/af/529/bars.html

Palaces & castles

National palace of Sintra at http://www.parquesdesintra.pt/en/parks-and-monuments/national-palace-of-sintra/

Pena palace at http://www.parquesdesintra.pt/en/parks-and-monuments/park-and-national-palace-of-pena/

Quinta da Regaleira at http://www.cultursintra.pt/Default.aspx

Palace of Monserrate at http://www.parquesdesintra.pt/en/parks-and-monuments/park-and-palace-of-monserrate/

Castle of the Moors at http://www.parquesdesintra.pt/en/parks-and-monuments/moorish-castle/

Seteais palace (now a hotel) at http://www.tivolihotels.com/pt/hoteis/sintra/tivoli-palacio-de-seteais/o-hotel.aspx

Ramalhao palace http://eventseeker.com/venue/156770-ramalhão-palace-sintra

Views on the palaces/castles http://www.worldheritagesite.org/sites/sintra.html


Modern art museum http://www.cm-sintra.pt/musa-museu-das-artes-de-sintra

Natural history museum http://www.cm-sintra.pt/en/museums/sintras-natural-history-museum

Further museums such as air and living science http://www.cm-sintra.pt/en/museums

Parks and gardens

The main national park details for Sintra are listed here http://www.parquesdesintra.pt/en/

Events calendar for the national parks http://www.visitcascais.com/en/events-calendar/january-in-sintra-parks-and-monuments/567820C6A2FD9

Pena park in the Sintra mountains http://www.serradesintra.net/en/parque-da-pena

Famous people

Lord Byron one of the most famous visitors to Sintra http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/717169/Christopher-Somerville-discovers-why-Byron-raved-about-Sintra.html


Accessing healthcare in Sintra read http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcareabroad/countryguide/Pages/healthcareinPortugal.aspx

Portuguese healthcare facts http://www.livinginportugal.com/en/living-in-portugal/healthcare/

More advice at http://www.expatfocus.com/expatriate-portugal-healthcare-medical

Hospitals in Sintra http://www.hospitalby.com/portugal-hospital/queluz-hospital/

Useful hospital/doctors tel no’s http://www.ezportugal.com/sintra-portugal/information-sintra-portugal/useful-contacts-sintra-portugal

Dentist listing for Sintra http://www.whatclinic.com/dentists/portugal/sintra


Types of goods available http://www.portugalwanderer.com/shopping-in-sintra/

Markets in Sintra http://casadovalle.blogspot.co.uk/2011/11/markets-great-fun-and-surprising-finds.html

Main shopping centre in Sintra is http://www.forumsintra.com/home

Nearby shopping centre at Cascais http://www.cascaishopping.pt

Sintra bazar selling artisan local products http://www.sintrabazar.com

Weekend getaways

A review of Sintra visit http://blog.uniplaces.com/sintra-guide-first-timers/

and guide on what to do at http://www.madhouseheaven.com/magical-weekend-getaway-in-sintra

For women solo travellers a guide http://somethinginherramblings.com/sintra-portugal/


Bike hire

If you want an electric bike to see the sights try http://www.parkebike.com/rentals.html

For hire and bike tours try http://www.cycling-rentals.com/bikes–parts.html#.VpebTTY4P8s

A bit about biking in Sintra http://casadovalle.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/continuing-on-theme-of-bike-rentals-in.html

Full listing of bike hire for Portugal  http://pedalportugal.com/directory-links/bike-hire/

Scooter hire in Sintra http://www.sintramagikscooter.com


The nearest beach to Sintra at 12km is Praia da Adraga one of the best beaches in Portugal see http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2014/may/12/best-beaches-in-portugal

Another popular beach near Sintra/Lisbon http://www.top10portugal.com/praia-macas-beach-lisbon

Reviews of a listing of nearby beaches http://casadovalle.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/the-beaches-of-sintra.html

As Sintra is in Lisbon region this has a good listing of close beaches http://lisbonbeaches.com/index.html


Good map to use for planning http://www.viamichelin.co.uk/web/Maps/Map-Sintra-_-Lisboa-Portugal?strLocid=31NDF5am4xMGNNemd1TnprNE5EWT1jTFRrdU16ZzRNUT09

Easily download a map of Sintra http://www.placesonline.com/europe/portugal/sintra/map.asp

and http://www.maphill.com/search/sintra/road-map/

http://www.maplandia.com/portugal/lisboa-e-vale-do-tejo/grande-lisboa/sintra/sintra/ shows area around Sintra

A good streetplan http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=18/38.79776/-9.39032

Local Council

Sintra council on http://www.cm-sintra.pt/en/

Useful tel no’s police, fire service, tourist office etc http://www.portugal-info.net/lisboncoast/sintra.htm

Tourist information offices http://www.cm-sintra.pt/en/tourist-information-offices/tourist-information-offices

Transport links

Trains/buses http://lisbon.angloinfo.com/information/transport/public-transport/regional-bus-services/

Trains from Lisbon http://www.thetrainline-europe.com/train/lisboa-rossio-lisbon-to-sintra~9400071~9400582

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