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Sintra Food Guide | The Best Sintra Restaurants for a Sintra Day Trip

Wondering what and where to eat during your Sintra day trip from Lisbon? After visiting the magical Portuguese city multiple times, we have you covered with our favorite Sintra restaurants, cafes and bars.

View of Moorish Castle from Pena Palace in Sintra

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Located just 25 kilometers from Lisbon and easily accessible by train, Sintra Portugal is a sloping, fairytale town filled with whimsical palaces, two historic hill-top castles, epic views and marvelous food. The quality of Sintra’s architectural gems is so rich that the Portuguese town received UNESCO’s first European Cultural Landscape designation in 1995.

Most visitors flock to Sintra to see the sites but miss out on the food. We were no exception during our first visit.

During our honeymoon back in 2007, in a quest to see as many Portuguese sites as possible, we climbed Sintra’s scenic hills to both the Pena Palace and the millennial old Moorish Castle. Little did we know we would eventually move to Lisbon but that’s another story.

Pena Palace Selfie in Sintra
Sintra’s Pena Palace is straight out of real life fairytale.

Though we packed in plenty of sights during that first visit, the only food we ate was a picnic lunch that we had bought at the newly opened El Corte Inglés in Lisbon. A number of aggressive birds tried to steal our lunch break but they picked the wrong targets that day.

Back then, finding information about Lisbon restaurants was next to impossible. Exploring Sintra restaurants? We didn’t even try.

Good news!! Times have since changed. We now live in Portugal as locals and have found great restaurants in Lisbon as well as in nearby Sintra.

Why Plan a Sintra Day Trip

Pena Palace from below in Sintra
Visiting Sintra’s most famous palace is a must during any Sintra day trip.

Planning a Sintra day trip is a no brainer for most travelers visiting Lisbon for the first time. Getting to Sintra’s quaint and obvious beauty only requires a €5 (roundtrip) 45 minute train ride. The challenge is fitting in all the sites in just one day.

The Palácio da Pena, also known as Pena Palace, is Sintra’s crowning jewel and a mandatory stop when touring Sintra. Originally built as a monastery during the middle ages, Pena Palace reached its full glory 99 years after suffering near destruction from Lisbon’s massive earthquake in 1755.

Pro Tip

Pena Palace is one of Portugal’s top attractions. Bypass inevitable lines by booking a ‘skip the ticket line’ ticket for Pena Palace for access to the colorful Sintra castle and its surrounding park. Based on our personal experience, skipping this line is the best way to maximize your time in Sintra.

Statue at Pena Palace
Don’t forget to look up when you tour Pena Palace.

Portugal’s King Ferdinand II commissioned German architect Wilhelm Ludwig in 1838 to design Pena Palace as a summer residence for the royal family. Since then, the magnificence of the hilltop palace has inspired a number of artists including Hans Christian Andersen and Richard Strauss.

A vibrant red, yellow and blue mish-mash of Romantic, Moorish and Manueline styles, Pena Palace’s structure is part romantic palace and part epic funhouse. You truly have to experience Pena Palace in person to believe it.

Update

We revisited Pena Palace during the global pandemic and experienced it free of crowds. Since we expect crowds to return once tourism rebounds, our best advice is to arrive early and beat those crowds.

Things To Do in Sintra

Welcome to Sintra
The train ride from Lisbon takes less than an hour. Expect to be busy once you arrive at the Sintra train station.

While Pena Palace is worth a visit on its own merit, Sintra has multiple amazing sites. If you start your day early and/or book a Sintra day tour, you can also see one or more of the following sites:

  • Castelo dos Mouros (Moorish Castle)
  • Palacio de Monserrate (Monserrate Palace)
  • Quinta da Regaleira
  • Palacio Nacional de Sintra (Sintra National Palace)
Drinking Wine at Bar do Fundo in Sintra
Slow travelers can take time to enjoy wine with a view at beaches like Praia Grand near Sintra. Mindi enjoyed this glass of white sangria during a beachside meal at Bar do Fundo.

Pro Tip

Turn your Sintra day trip into an overnight adventure. Not only will this approach give you extra time to see all of Sintra’s amazing sites and eat lots of great food, but you can also chill out at nearby Sintra beaches like Praia Grande and Praia das Maçãs.

Where to Eat in Sintra

Ribs at Incomum in Sintra
Food in Sintra is more than just snack food. We ate this plate of slow cooked Iberian Pork Ribs with Cabbage and Corn Bread at Incomum.

Millions of people visit Sintra in a typical year but most miss out on one of the town’s underrated highlights – eating in Sintra. Seriously, if you think that Sintra only has tourist trap eateries, you need to think again.

Sure, many tourists pause to lick an ice cream cone at Pena Palace’s terrace snack bar or wander into a random cafe near the train station for a quick bite. However, with some advance planning, intrepid travelers can eat well in Sintra without breaking the bank.

Roasted Chorico at Tascantiga in Sintra
Tascantiga’s Roasted Chouriço snack is a fun play on the global ‘meat on a stick’ concept.

Now that we live in Lisbon, we can visit Sintra whenever we want without the pressure of seeing all or any of the sites.

Yes, Sintra’s sites are amazing and are the primary reason to visit the city. But Sintra’s food is a good reason too.

As Lisbon locals, we have our ears to the ground in an ongoing search for Sintra dining gems. Read on to discover our favorites.

Our Sintra mission has not ended! We’ll update this food guide as we discover new places to eat in Sintra.

Sintra Restaurants

Octopus at Incomum in Sintra
Touring Sintra takes energy. We recommend breaking for dishes like Stewed Octopus with Spinach and Sweet Potatoes at restaurants like Incomum.

With two of Portugal’s 27 Michelin-starred restaurants located in its Penha Longa Resort, Sintra is no stranger to fine dining. However, most day-trippers don’t have the budget for a meal at LAB or Midori nor do they have the time to walk over two hours to reach the resort. If you have the time and money or you’re into golfing – we say go for it.

Don’t despair if you can’t justify a Michelin meal. Despite its relatively small size, Sintra has great restaurants at all price points, with many offering excellent value.

After visiting Sintra multiple times including three days trips so far this year, these are our picks for the best restaurants in Sintra Portugal:

Incomum

Staff at Incomum in Sintra
Proving the validity of Julius Cesar’s quote on the wall, Incomum’s wine made our hearts happy. The restaurant’s attentive staff made us happy too.

Chef Luis Santos honed his culinary skills in Geneva and Lisbon before opening Incomum in Sintra in 2014. He now proudly displays his name on the Incomum menu and logo.

Literally a two-minute walk from Sintra’s tile-adorned train station, Incomum is a delightful spot to enjoy elevated Portuguese food favorites. Though one of the best restaurants in Sintra, Incomum’s lunch prices are a genuine bargain.

Bacalhau at Incomum in Sintra
Bacalhau Confit with Hummus is one of the main courses featured on Incomum’s ‘business executive’ lunch menu.

First impressions mean a lot and we were pleasantly surprised by Incomum’s elegant yet simple, brightly lit dining room and outdoor seating. We were also intrigued by the restaurant’s ‘business executive’ lunch menu priced at €12.50 at the time of our visit. This value-priced menu includes a starter, main course, dessert and drink.

Never one to miss a bargain, Mindi ordered the lunch menu which included a glass of house wine from Alentejano and a slice of almond pie for dessert She enjoyed every dish but especially the slow-cooked Iberian pork ribs served over cabbage and cornbread.

Wine at Incomum in Sintrajpg
Incomum’s Almond Pie with Raspberry Sauce provided a sweet ending to our Sintra lunch.

We have an unwritten Portugal restaurant rule: If octopus is on the menu, order it. Incomum proved the soundness of this principle by serving us meltingly tender octopus garnished with briny sea beans served atop a melange of sweet potatoes and kale.

Incomum’s dinner menu offers a five-course tasting menu for those looking to cap a day of sightseeing. Though more expensive than the lunch special, it’s a worthy way to celebrate the occasion of being in Sintra and a convenient place to dine before jumping on the return train to Lisbon.

Pro Tip

Take a wine and cheese break at Incomum’s attached wine gallery. The gallery’s menu features wine from all over Portugal including Sintra.

Incomum is located at Rua Dr. Alfredo da Costa 22, 2710-631 Sintra , Portugal.

Tascantiga

Dining Room at Tascantiga in Sintra
Taking an Uber from Pena Palace to Tascantiga cost us less than €3 and saved us time better spent eating tapas.

Specializing in petiscos (snacks), Tascantiga is more than a typical Sintra snack bar. With its airy, comfortable, high ceilinged dining room and additional outdoor seating, Tascantiga has been serving its quirky, seasonal tapas menu since 2016.

Don’t get us wrong – we like typical snack bars in Portugal. But Tascantiga takes the Portuguese snack concept a step farther with ingredients like smoked ham dust and oregano mayonnaise.

Tapas at Tascantiga in Sintra
Sharing a snack-filled lunch at Tascantiga was a fun treat after exploring Pena Palace. Our dishes included Roasted Chouriço, Sauteed Octopus and Pork Cheek Confit.

During our laid-back lunch in Sintra, we shared three plates including Lagareiro-style octopus and candied pork cheeks with mushrooms. However, our favorite dish had to be roasted chouriço frivolously served on sticks in a flower pot filled with blue sand.

Although Tascantiga’s menu includes a full array of beverages, both with and without alcohol, we chose to share a large bottle of sparkling water to beat the heat. Our reward was a total bill under €20 – a true cheap eats Sintra experience.

Pro Tip

Visit Quinta da Regaleira before or after your meal at Tascantiga. It’s just an eight-minute walk to this iconic Sintra World Heritage Site.

Tascantiga is located at Escadinhas da Fonte da Pipa 2, 2710-557 Sintra, Portugal.

Apeadeiro

Picanha Lunch at Apeadeiro in Sintra
This large plate of Picanha and fried potatoes was more than big enough to share. Not pictured are included sides of black beans and rice.

Apeadeiro is a classic Sintra restaurant for eating large servings of authentic Portuguese dishes. Though the unassuming tasca (tavern) is a popular spot for hungry locals, we felt welcomed and comfortable during our filling mid-day meal.

Located on the same block at Incomum, Apeadeiro’s dining room is a cavernous space with long tables and Azulejo-covered walls. Its menu features typical fare like Bacalhau a Bras and Alheira.

Dessert ant Port and Apeadeiro in Sintra
Miniature Travesseiros and port wine provided a sweet ending to our meal at Apeadeiro.

For this Sintra lunch, we enjoyed a Picanha na Grelha platter that was big enough to share. The meal included thin slices of grilled Brazilian steak served with fried potatoes, black beans and rice,

As is typical at tascas in Portugal, our server offered us complimentary glasses of port to end our meaty meal. However, the accompanying miniature cream-filled travesseiro pastries were a fun surprise that we couldn’t and didn’t resist.

Pro Tip

Apeadeiro serves two meal sizes. Only order a large meal if you’re ravenous or sharing with a friend. This is the case with most Portuguese tascas.

Apeadeiro is located at Avenida Dr. Miguel Bombarda 3, 2710-631 Sintra, Portugal.

Garagem Cafe

Garagem Cafe in Sintra
Garagem Cafe’s cosy space was formerly a garage.

Located in a renovated garage, Garagem Cafe lives up to a name that literally translates to Garage Cafe. Yes, this hipster hangout had a previous life that involved cars instead of food.

The current iteration of the former garage is a chill spot across from a scenic overlook where visitors can ‘fill their tanks’ with cafe fare like hamburgers, hummus, bagels, salad and sandwiches. The cafe also serves cappuccinos and smoothies for thirsty visitors.

Bagel and Lox at Garagem Cafe in Sintra
We ate this Bagel topped with Cream Cheese, Smoked Salmon and Spinach at Garagem Cafe in Sintra.

Previously disappointed by lackluster bagels in Lisbon, we took a chance and ordered a bagel topped with cream cheese, smoked salmon and leafy spinach at Garagem. Though the soft round bread tasted more like brioche than a New York bagel, it was still a solid sandwich that we enjoyed.

Pro Tip

Consider eating brunch at Garagem Cafe if you visit Sintra on a Saturday or Sunday. The cafe serves a multi-course brunch on weekends only.

Garagem Cafe is located at Alameda Combatentes da Grande Guerra 12 A b, 2710-426 Sintra, Portugal.

Additional Sintra Restaurants

A Raposa in Sintra
Sun streams into the dining room at A Raposa. This Sintra restaurant is located in the city center .

Consider these respected restaurants if you want to explore additional restaurants during your Sintra day trip:

Sintra Desserts

Travesseiros at Garagem Cafe in Sintra
Sintra is one of Portugal’s sweetest towns thanks to signature desserts like these Travesseiro pastries.

Eating dessert in Sintra is a must and not just because climbing its many hills burns a lot of calories. Though rewarding exercise is a valid reason for dessert, the real reason is that Sintra is the home place of two iconic Portuguese pastries – Travesseiros and Queijadas.

If you fall in love with Pasteis de Natas in Lisbon, you’re going to want to read on to discover where to eat Sintra’s tasty Travesseiro and Queijada pastries. We share an ideal spot for a gelato break too.

Casa Piriquita

Casa Piriquita in Sintra
Open since 1862, Casa Piriqita is a local Sintra institution.

Though famous for baking Sintra’s pillow-like pastries called Travesseiros, Casa Piriquita originally claimed its fame by baking Queijadas for Portugal’s royal family in the 19th century. The bakery has been a local favorite since 1862.

Legend has it that the original owner’s granddaughter, Constança Luísa, discovered the now-famous Travesseiro recipe in an old cookbook in the 1940s. The rest, as they say, is history.

Fun Fact

The word travesseiro literally translates to pillow.

Travesseiro at Casa Piriquita in Sintra
A sugary, cream-filled Travesseiro is big enough to share but you’ll want to order your own.

Casa Piriquita still bakes Queijadas as well as a full array of Portuguese pastries, but locals and tourists queue daily to buy Travesseiros by the bagful. Don’t worry – the line moves quickly. Plus, it’s worth the wait to eat a hot Travesseiro fresh out of the oven.

Shaped like its namesake pillow, a Travesseiro is a puff pastry filled with almond cream and covered in sugar. Fans after our initial bites into the flaky, sugary pastry, we didn’t stop biting until our Travesseiros were gone.

Sweet but not cloyingly so, each Travesseiro currently costs €1.50, making it an affordable dessert for all who visit Sintra. Everybody else can dream on their proverbial pillows between visits.

Pro Tip

Start your morning with a Travesseiro and cup of coffee at Casa Piriquita. The sugar and caffeine combination will fuel your sightseeing efforts for the next few hours.

Casa Piriquita is located at Rua das Padarias 1/18, 2710-603 Sintra, Portugal. Piriquita 2 is located at Rua das Padarias 18, 2710-623 Sintra, Portugal.

Queijadas da Sapa

Pile of Queijadas da Sapa in Sintra
Since Queijada are so tiny, it would be a shame to just eat one.

The Travesseiro may be Sintra’s most popular pastry, but the Queijada is by far its oldest. Although Queijadas da Sapa been baking the sweet treat since 1756, historians trace the Queijada‘s origin to the middle ages.

We stopped by Queijadas da Sapa wanting to try a real deal Sintra Queijada. What we got was a small pastry with a crispy shell and a firm, gooey topping made with fresh cow’s milk cheese, egg yolk, cinnamon, flour and sugar.

Queijada da Sapa in Sintra
Though petite in size, Sintra’s Queijada packa a lot of flavor inside its crispy shell.

Queijadas da Sapa has a quaint dining room overlooking a garden, making it a lovely spot for an afternoon break. Since the dining room wasn’t open during our visit, we ate our Queijadas on a nearby park bench.

While gobbling down the tiny yet tasty treats, we wondered about the bakery’s name and if there was any connection to the Vietnamese city north of Hanoi. Sapa, as it turns out, is the name of the prolific baker who created the recipe back in the 18th century. She probably never visited Vietnam but we don’t know that for sure.

Pro Tip

Buy a six-pack of Queijadas to enjoy on the spot or on your train ride from Sintra to Lisbon.

Queijadas de Sapa is located at Volta do Duche 12, 2710-631 Sintra, Portugal.

Alba Gelato

Gelato and Scooper at Alba Gelato in Sintra
Fernanando Almeida scooped our gelato at Alba Gelato, the best gelateria in Sintra.

Located on a leafy street just a short walk from Sintra’s train station, Alba Gelato provides an ideal respite for ice cream lovers. Let’s face it, touring the sites during a Sintra day trip can be tiring.

Maria Borga opened Sintra’s best ice cream shop in 2018 after studying the art of gelato at Carpigiani Gelato University in Bologna. She makes all of the shop’s gelato onsite using natural products and ingredients.

Gelato Cone at Alba Gelato in Sintra
We quickly photographed the cone before it melted. We were in Sintra during an unseasonably hot day. The weather in the city is generally cooler than Lisbon.

When you visit Alba Gelato, expect to choose from a dozen flavors like white coffee, dark chocolate and cinnamon. We licked a cone topped with scoops of salted caramel and pistachio until all of our gelato was gone.

Alba Gelato’s menu has additional items including crepes, scones and quiche. However, you’ll want to savor a scoop or two Borga’s artisanal gelato even if you’re order other items.

Pro Tip

Fulfill your fantasy of sleeping above a gelateria by staying at Villa Alba located just above Alba Gelato.

Alba Gelato is located at Alameda Combatentes da Grande Guerra 4, 2710-246 Sintra, Portugal.

Sintra Bars

Beer Flight at HopSin BrewPub in Sintra
You won’t go thirsty in Sintra. We drank this beer flight at HopSin Brewpub in nearby Colares.

Traipsing around Sintra’s hills, especially during the warm summer months, takes its toll. After chalking up 10,000 steps on our fitbit, we like to reward ourselves with an adult beverage or two.

These are our favorite Sintra bars for liquid libations:

Villa Craft Beer & Bread

Tapping Beer at Villa Craft in Sintra
Nuno Feliciano safely taps beer at Village Craft Beer and Bread in Sintra.

Sometimes we like to eat our carbs and sometimes we like to drink them. We accomplished both at Village Craft Beer and Bread, a local Sintra craft beer taproom with a wood oven.

The casual taproom taps craft beer from nearby Cerveja Rafeira and offers other bottles as well. During our visit, we drank crisp blond ales flavored with basil – a much needed refresher on an unseasonably warm late spring (or was it early summer?) afternoon.

Beer and Chorico Bread at Villa Craft in Sintra
Beer and Chouriço Bread provide a tasty afternoon pick-me-up in Sintra.

Since craft beer is no longer a unicorn beverage in Portgual, it’s not surprising to find balanced brews in a town like Sintra. The bigger surprise is finding a taproom with a wood stove making stuffed breads to order.

Tempted to try every flavor, we settled on sharing a bread filled with chouriço. Other notable options include bacalhau (cod), spicy sardinha (sardines) and slow-cooked cachaço porco (pork neck). There’s even a roasted legumes (veggies) option fit for vegans.

Pro Tip

Feel free to chill with your beer on Villa Craft Beer & Bread’s terrace. The taproom offers free wifi for its customers.

Villa Craft Beer & Bread is located at Rua Paço 12, 2710-616 Sintra, Portugal.

Botica Saloia

Glass of White Wine at Botica Saloia in Sintra
Wine lovers can enjoy local wine at Botica Saloia during a day of sightseeing in Sintra.

Botica Saloia is a must for oenophiles spending the day in Sintra. Conveniently located next door to Villa Craft Beer & Bread, the cozy Sintra bar serves a range of Portuguese wines featuring locally produced varietals.

Portugal’s most famous wines hail from regions like the Douro Valley, Dāo and Alentejo, but don’t rule out Sintra wines when you visit Botica Saloia. During our visit, we opted to drink a bottle of Patrão Diogo white wine produced in nearby Colares. Ironically, this is the same white wine we enjoyed during our Incomum lunch.

White Wine Bottle and Wine Glass at Botica Saloia in Sintra
We drank this bottle of white wine during our afternoon stop at Botica Saloia.

Sure, we could have opted for glasses of the wine for €3.50 each. But, as value shoppers (and drinkers), we couldn’t pass on the entire bottle for €10.

Beyond wine, Botica Saloia’s menu includes snacks like batatas fritas (fried potatoes) and bruschetta. However, you’re probably better off ordering a plate of Portuguese queijo (cheese) or Iberico presunto (dried ham).

Pro Tip

Relax with a bottle of local wine. Whether you drink it inside or outside is up to you.

Botica Saloia is located at Rua Paço 16, 2710-616 Lisboa, Portugal.

Additional Sintra Bars

Grafiti Street in Sintra
Exploring Sintra’s hilly streets creates a hunger and thirst that must be sated.

Check out the following Sintra bars if you’re craving cocktails and heavy snacks instead of craft beer and local wine:

Beyond Sintra

White Sangria Carafe at Bar do Fundo in Sintra
Travelers who venture beyond Sintra’s borders will be rewarded with views like this one at Bar do Fundo.

You won’t go hungry if you’re spending one day in Sintra. The bigger issue is narrowing down the options among the many Sintra restaurants, cafes and bars.

Intrepid food travelers, however, will want to explore culinary gems outside of Sintra’s official boundaries. If you fit into this category, we recommend the following destinations :

Bar do Fundo at Praia Grande

Garlic Shrimp at Bar do Fundo in Sintra
Bar do Fundo spares no garlic when preparing sautéed shrimp with garlic.

Bar do Fundo is a super romantic place to eat seafood with an ocean view. Located at the bottom of Praia Grande, a large beach 12 kilometers from Sintra, Bar do Fundo is worth a visit for its cliffside views alone. Don’t get us wrong – the food is worthwhile too.

Originally opened by a local family as a beach bar, Bar do Fundo expanded to full restaurant status in 2015. The Cotta family remains involved in the operation and serves a varied menu filled with local seafood and potent potables.

Mussels at Bar do Fundo in Sintra
Bar do Fundo serves its Spanish style mussels in a bright orange-red sauce.

Armed with a 6 pm reservation, we took a leisurely Uber ride to Bar do Fundo and somehow arrived a few minutes early. We thought about walking along the beach to kill time but promptly changed our minds when we saw our table with a view.

Is there anything more relaxing than chilling on a restaurant deck with sangria and a view of an ocean at dusk? That answer is a resounding no.

Pro Tip

Specify that you want an outside table when you call to make a dinner reservation during the warmer months. You’ll understand why once you see the epic view. We recommend calling well in advance once tourist crowds return in full force.

Octopus at Bar do Fundo in Sintra
Bar do Fundo serves its Polvo à Lagareiro with potatoes and garlicy oil. Though different from the octopus we ate at Tascantiga, this version was equally enjoyable.

Our summer dinner was a multi-course feast that commenced with garlic shrimp and Spanish style mussels. Though technically starters, both were generously sized. Not wanting to miss a bite, we didn’t stop until there was nothing left to sop up with pāo (bread).

Main dishes were equally large. Following our polvo rule, we ordered grilled octopus as well as seared tuna served with a side of herbed rice and green beans.

Pro Tip

You can optionally order a range of fish sold by the kilo – an excellent sharable option if you’re dining with a group of four or more.

Bar do Fundo is located at Avenida Alfredo Coelho, 2705-329 Colares, Portugal.

Souldough Pizza at Aldeia de Praia

Pizzaiolo at Souldough Pizza in Sintra
Originally from Emilia Romagna’s Rimini, Jasbhagat Singh crafts authentic Italian pizza at Souldough.

A side trip to Aldeia de Praia poses a problem. With a laid back surfer vibe, the sprawling complex has several eateries serving the likes of pizza, hamburgers, pancakes and ice cream.

Many people would be confused about what to eat. As for us, we had journeyed to Aldeia de Praia specifically to eat pizza at Souldough. Our only decision was which pies to order from the half dozen vegetarian options on offer.

Expectations heightened once we saw Souldough’s impressive yellow pizza oven and a crowd queued up to order pizza both to take away and eat in the open-air dining room. However, and we don’t say this lightly, the pizza blew these two pizza fanatics away.

Wine at Incomum in Sintrajpg
These Margherita and Mushroom Kingdom pizzas were shockingly good.

Souldough’s Margherita pie reminded us of the best Neopolitan pies we’ve eaten in Naples with its crispy yet pillowy crust, fresh mozzarella cheese and tangy sauce. As a contrast, the Mushroom Kingdom pie was utterly unique topped with king oyster mushrooms, pesto oil and smoked mozzarella.

Not only do the owners of Souldough ferment their pizza dough for 36 hours, but they also source quality ingredients both locally and from their home country of Italy. After tasting their well executed Neapolitan pies, we can attest that these extra efforts are justified and approved.

Pro Tip

Why stop with pizza? Belly up to the bar at Aldeia de Praia’s Hops and Drops and order a pint of beer crafted at nearby HopSin Brewpub.

Souldough Pizza is located at Avenida Do Atlântico sn, 2705-288 Colares, Portugal.

HopSin Brewpub in Colares

Beer Tap at HopSin BrewPub in Sintra
Consider ordering a flight of beer at HopSin Brewpub if you want to taste multiple beers from the tap.

Located on the way to the Aldeia de Praia compound, HopSin is a friendly spot to relax and drink craft beer. Its Colares location feels far less touristic though it’s just seven kilometers from Sintra’s city center.

Not patient to wait for the bus (hey, we were thirsty!) from Sintra, we spent a few extra euros for an uber to whisk us straight to HopSin. Our reward was a choice of nine Mag8 beers on tap.

HopSin brews its beer on-site and follows the craft beer playbook with options like IPA, Porter, Belgian Blond and Roast Abbey. ABV percentages ranged from 4.5% to 9% during our visit.

Beers at HopSin BrewPub in Sintra
Two beers are better than one at HopSin Brewpub in Colares. We drank these two on the the brewpub’s rooftop terrace.

HopSin’s rooftop terrace features a pleasant hillside view. Chased away by pesky mosquitos and blaring sunshine, we spent most of our time in the taproom. Not that we’re complaining – we liked being closer to the bar where we could order more beer.

Not able to narrow our choices for round two, we shared a flight of five beers – Colares Pale Ale, Black Sparrow Porter, Belgian Blond, Roast Abbey and Wheat Ale. Don’t ask us to pick a favorite – they were all good.

Pro Tip

You won’t go hungry at HopSin. Food options include nachos and burgers as well as jars of preserved items like octopus and eggs.

HopSin Brewpub is located at Avenida Do Atlântico 1, 2705-231 Colares, Portugal.

Lisbon to Sintra Train

Train fro Lisbon to Sintra
Taking a train from Lisbon is the best way to commence a Sintra day trip.

Don’t even think about renting a car and driving the short distance from Lisbon to Sintra. With a roundtrip costing under €5, taking the train from Lisbon’s Rossio train station to downtown Sintra is a no-brainer.

You won’t need a car once you arrive. Uber trips from Sintra to nearby towns, villages and beaches are less costly than paying for car rental and gasoline. See other options below

Expect trains from Lisbon to Sintra to take 45 minutes and make several stops along the way. You don’t need to worry about missing the Sintra stop since it’s the end of the line.

Pro Tip

Since Sintra is considered to be part of the Lisbon metropolitan area, you can use a Viva Viagem card to pay for your train ride to Sintra. Buy a card when you arrive in Lisbon – you can use it to take Lisbon trams and metros too.

Traveling Within Sintra

Wall at Pena Palace in Sintra
The sky’s the limit when it comes to spending a day in Sintra. The key is figuring out the logistics.

Getting around Sintra is a breeze. You’ll want to do a combination of the following during your visit:

Walking: Sintra’s attractions are within walking distance of each other. However, hills make walking a challenge for those with bad knees or limited time.

Buses: The 434 and 435 tourist buses hit all of the main tourist stops. You can buy tickets at the Sintra train station and do a self-guided loop.

Tram: The Sintra tram is a reasonable way to leisurely travel from central Sintra to Colares and the Praia das Macãs beach. Be sure to check the official timetable to make sure when and if the tram is running during your Sintra day trip.

Uber: The global car-sharing service is a cost-effective option, especially if you’re traveling with a friend or two. It’s also a time-saver if you choose to explore outside of central Sintra.

Sintra Hotels

Pena Palace in Sintra
You need to book a hotel room or apartment to stay in Sintra. Sadly, Pena Castle does not accommodate overnight guests.

A day in Sintra is awesome but it’s not enough time if you want to see all the sites and eat all the food.

Click here to find a Sintra hotel that fits your budget.

Click here if you rather stay in an Airbnb apartment with a kitchen.

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Daryl & Mindi Hirsch

Saveur Magazine’s BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences and recipes on the 2foodtrippers website and YouTube. The married Food and Travel content creators live in Lisbon, Portugal.

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