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Free Walking Tour of Sintra

Updated: June 21, 2023

Sintra is a small, romantic village with UNESCO-recognized gardens that sits 45 minutes away from Lisbon by train.

Taking a guided tour is the perfect way to see all the important landmarks.

This tour runs on a pay-what-you-like structure, which means you decide at the end what you think the tour was worth.

We recommend paying €10 per adult for an entertaining tour.

Alternatively, if you're interested in discovering the village on your own, here is a list of fun things to do in Sintra.


We offer a free tour of Sintra that meets in Lisbon (though you could also meet your tour guide in Sintra).

Your guide will also show you the village center, National Palace, Moorish Fountain, Palace of Seteais, and other interesting sights.

  • Tour Days: Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays
  • Tour Meeting Times: 9:40 am at Rossio Train Station, 10:40 am at City Hall Sintra
  • Approximate Length: 2.5 hours after arriving at City Hall
  • Book the tour or learn more.

NOTE: Reservations are required. They also suggest having a travel card purchased before arriving at the train station so you don't miss the train - details on the website.

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There are usually other free tours available in Sintra.

If you're looking for other small-group tours in Sintra, several options also include transportation from Lisbon.

Some tours have specific themes, such as learning about the Portuguese Inquisition or seeing Sintra as Hans Christian Andersen did.

Another popular option is the hop-on-hop-off bus tour.

An audio guide with 11 languages is included. There are also 7 tour stops for you to explore, with multiple palaces!

We offer tours globally. Here are just a few cities.

About The Author

Stephen Pickhardt

Stephen is the CEO of Free Tours by Foot and has overseen the transformation of a local walking tour company into a global tour community and traveler’s advice platform. He has personally led thousands of group tours in the US and Europe, and is an expert in trip planning and sightseeing, with a focus on budget travelers. Stephen has been published and featured in dozens of publications including The Wall Street Journal, BBC, Yahoo,, and more.
Updated: June 21st, 2023
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