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Old 07-24-2017, 05:42 PM
 
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Hi!

I'm heading to Portugal in May and want to do a day trip from Lisbon to Sintra. Did you take a tour or go it alone? I originally planned to do a tour but thinking of doing my own tour. So I know about the palaces, any other suggestions? Something a little more authentic, less touristy to do for a day?
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Old 07-24-2017, 06:24 PM
 
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Hi!

I'm heading to Portugal in May and want to do a day trip from Lisbon to Sintra. Did you take a tour or go it alone? I originally planned to do a tour but thinking of doing my own tour. So I know about the palaces, any other suggestions? Something a little more authentic, less touristy to do for a day?
You don't need a tour to daytrip it to Sintra. Lisbon (and Portugal by extension) is one of the best deals in all of Europe and this is a golden opportunity for you to take advantage of that. The train leaves from Rossio and only takes about 40 minutes. Single ticket is €2.15 and return is double. (this is not included in the unlimited metro pass for €6 BTW)

Leave as early in the morning as you're comfortable doing to beat the crowds. Pena Palace and the Castle of the Moors are a great way to spend a day with both affording glorious overlooks. There's a bus that takes you to the top of the mountain. Don't even think about trying to walk it unless you're trying to burn off.......oh I dunno....5 or 6 pounds. Have fun!
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Old 07-24-2017, 06:39 PM
 
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You don't need a tour to daytrip it to Sintra. Lisbon (and Portugal by extension) is one of the best deals in all of Europe and this is a golden opportunity for you to take advantage of that. The train leaves from Rossio and only takes about 40 minutes. Single ticket is €2.15 and return is double. (this is not included in the unlimited metro pass for €6 BTW)

Leave as early in the morning as you're comfortable doing to beat the crowds. Pena Palace and the Castle of the Moors are a great way to spend a day with both affording glorious overlooks. There's a bus that takes you to the top of the mountain. Don't even think about trying to walk it unless you're trying to burn off.......oh I dunno....5 or 6 pounds. Have fun!
Sweet! I can do early especially if beating the crowds!!! Lol I may need to lose 5-6 pounds especially if I enjoy the pastries! Thanks for input!
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Old 07-24-2017, 07:14 PM
 
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Sweet! I can do early especially if beating the crowds!!! Lol I may need to lose 5-6 pounds especially if I enjoy the pastries! Thanks for input!
If you're going to Pastéis de Belém (and I STRONGLY encourage you to do so) I'm going to give you a glorious tip: Ignore the line out the door and walk RIGHT in. Find a place to sit in one of the back rooms (the place is huge) and a waiter will be with you soon.
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Old 07-24-2017, 07:19 PM
 
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If you're going to Pastéis de Belém (and I STRONGLY encourage you to do so) I'm going to give you a glorious tip: Ignore the line out the door and walk RIGHT in. Find a place to sit in one of the back rooms (the place is huge) and a waiter will be with you soon.
Oh my gosh, thanks for the tip because I definitely beard about that line, lol! I said wow are those things that good?! I'm definitely going to try it!!!
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Old 07-24-2017, 07:54 PM
 
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You don't need a tour to daytrip it to Sintra. Lisbon (and Portugal by extension) is one of the best deals in all of Europe and this is a golden opportunity for you to take advantage of that. The train leaves from Rossio and only takes about 40 minutes. Single ticket is €2.15 and return is double. (this is not included in the unlimited metro pass for €6 BTW)

Leave as early in the morning as you're comfortable doing to beat the crowds. Pena Palace and the Castle of the Moors are a great way to spend a day with both affording glorious overlooks. There's a bus that takes you to the top of the mountain. Don't even think about trying to walk it unless you're trying to burn off.......oh I dunno....5 or 6 pounds. Have fun!
I did exactly this. Agreed that you don't need a tour guide for Sintra.
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Old 07-24-2017, 08:48 PM
 
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I did exactly this. Agreed that you don't need a tour guide for Sintra.
How early did you go?
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Old 07-24-2017, 08:59 PM
 
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How early did you go?

Not early really. I hate getting up early when on vacation. I took a train that left at like 10 am or somewhere around that time (I barely made it...had to run and jump on the train)...but those are the types of memories I'll probably look back on and smile about lol.


Spent practically the entire day at Pena Palace but then went over to get some sweets from Piriquita:
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaura..._Portugal.html


You can't go to Sintra without stopping there and getting some queijadas (or if your tastebuds are like mine, most importantly THIS is THE place to get chocolate salame!!).
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Old 07-24-2017, 09:38 PM
 
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Not early really. I hate getting up early when on vacation. I took a train that left at like 10 am or somewhere around that time (I barely made it...had to run and jump on the train)...but those are the types of memories I'll probably look back on and smile about lol.


Spent practically the entire day at Pena Palace but then went over to get some sweets from Piriquita:
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaura..._Portugal.html


You can't go to Sintra without stopping there and getting some queijadas (or if your tastebuds are like mine, most importantly THIS is THE place to get chocolate salame!!).
Oh okay. Maybe I'll try 7, 8! I definitely am a fan of sweets!
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