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We have an afternoon in Lisbon.  Is it feasible to get to Sintra and back to Lisbon by 7 pm?

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On 3/22/2019 at 10:43 PM, mskaufman said:

We have an afternoon in Lisbon.  Is it feasible to get to Sintra and back to Lisbon by 7 pm?

 

Based on our experience in Lisbon and going to Sintra, the distance between these two locations is not too long.  BUT, much depends on when you are traveling, how you are connecting between these two locations, what you want to do when in Sintra, etc.  Are you trying "it" with public transit or having a private guide/tour?  Is your cruise ship departing at 7 pm or later?  Tell us more!!

 

For the question of whether Sintra is worth it, below are some of my quick visuals.  See more on my below-connected live/blog.  Yes, it can be so historic and very interesting.  But, traffic and timings can vary for both around Sintra and especially in Lisbon. 

 

THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio

 

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For in and around Sintra north of Lisbon, here is a small visual sampling. Yes, as we told our grandsons, these are "Real Castles!". One picture shows my wife with Jose, our super excellent guide for two of the days here in Lisbon.  Visiting Sintra really helps for learning more on the unique history of Portugal..:

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Thanks Terry!

 

We actually have an overnight and leave on day 2 at 7pm.  The question would be how long it takes by public transportation.  We found some inexpensive tours that do not go to Sintra but to Cascais, Cabo da Roca and the  Palace of Queluz that we are considering.

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31 minutes ago, mskaufman said:

Thanks Terry!  We actually have an overnight and leave on day 2 at 7pm.  The question would be how long it takes by public transportation.  We found some inexpensive tours that do not go to Sintra but to Cascais, Cabo da Roca and the  Palace of Queluz that we are considering.

 

Appreciate your follow-up and this added information.  We have been to Cascais.  It is one of the wealthiest municipalities in both Portugal and the Iberian Peninsula.  Nice town in a scenic location.  BUT, it does not have the charm, drama and history offered at Sintra.  Your choice!!??  We also visited Cabo da Roca or Cape Roca.  Nice, also, but not, in my view a "super-star".  Below are some visuals from these two locations you are considering.  

 

There is a train connection option from Lisbon to Sintra. The Rossio-Sintra rail service is the one typically used by most visitors, as it departs from the historic center of Lisbon.   The distance is about 18 miles.   Personally, I would spend a little more for either a private tour or private car.  "Very impressive" is how I would describe Sintra.  it's a "prize" worth making a serious effort to see and experience, especially if the weather is good during your time there.  

  

THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio

 

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When we traveled to Cabo da Roca, here we were at its main marker location. This is the most western part of mainland Portugal and continental Europe. This Cape is 25 miles west of Lisbon. The second picture shows some of the granite boulders and sea cliffs along this coastal site that also features a large lighthouse.  Scenic and nice, but not Sintra.:

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Here is a view of the beach and coastal structures at Cascais. This beach is called Praia da Rainha.  This former fishing village became a popular resort for Portugal's royal family, the middle-classes and foreign tourists. This area is now also a suburb of Lisbon.:

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From the Palácio da Pena in Sintra, here are three added examples to prove visually how "colorful" and creative is this Royal palace with its dramatic, hilltop location. Wow!! This was such an impressive and must-see location to have visited. The third picture includes details of a mythological triton, to symbolize the allegory for the creation of the world.:

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Here is an interior view of the private dining area that the Kings and their families used as a part of the Palácio da Pena.:

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Terry, thank you for your post.  Great information.  We are stopping in Lisbon on our upcoming TransAtlantic.  We have a tour of Lisbon planned.  In our research, Sintra sounds so lovely we are considering flying back from London to see a Sintra.  What would you do in a day & a half?  Do you think we would need a rental car? Thanks!

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We would not take a rental car to Sintra.  Take the train.  After the castle, take the local bus to Cabo du Roco.   As I recall, the bus stop is behind the train station.  Walk around if you wish, then take the next bus to Cascais-maybe 45 minutes or so.   Visit Cascais.  Take the train back to LIsbon.  Walk up to the street with all the outdoor restaurants specializing in fish and have dinner.  Full day.

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9 hours ago, iancal said:

We would not take a rental car to Sintra.  Take the train.  After the castle, take the local bus to Cabo du Roco.   As I recall, the bus stop is behind the train station.  Walk around if you wish, then take the next bus to Cascais-maybe 45 minutes or so.   Visit Cascais.  Take the train back to LIsbon.  Walk up to the street with all the outdoor restaurants specializing in fish and have dinner.  Full day.

Thank you!  Sounds like a perfect day!

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You will find more data about this in the Rick Steves book. 

 

Also, depending when you end up back in Lisbon there is a quirky museum between the train station and town.   It is a museum of horse drawn carriages-mostly from royalty.  Not large, but worth a look in.

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45 minutes ago, iancal said:

You will find more data about this in the Rick Steves book. 

 

Also, depending when you end up back in Lisbon there is a quirky museum between the train station and town.   It is a museum of horse drawn carriages-mostly from royalty.  Not large, but worth a look in.

Rick Steve’s of course!  Why didn’t I think of that! I’ll hit the library tomorrow.

 

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On 3/26/2019 at 1:21 AM, cc cruiser said:

Terry, thank you for your post.  Great information.  We are stopping in Lisbon on our upcoming TransAtlantic.  We have a tour of Lisbon planned.  In our research, Sintra sounds so lovely we are considering flying back from London to see a Sintra.  What would you do in a day & a half?  Do you think we would need a rental car? Thanks!

 

Appreciate this nice follow-up from cc cruiser!!  Some very good points have been made by iancal.  Not sure that Lisbon would be the easiest and best place for a rental car.  Plus, having to navigate around with their traffic patterns can be significantly challenging.  The train and public transit system offer a good alternative.  We were fortunate to have private tours and guides.  That made it so much easier in not having to worry about the "logistics".  

 

Whether it is Rick Steves or the Eyewitness books, etc., they key point about Lisbon and nearby is that there are so very, very many great options to consider.  Can't do it ALL there in just one day.  Glad we had five days for Lisbon and the nearby options before starting our cruise.  

 

THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio

 

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