solo senior female ready to book a small group Sintra Day tour. One of them is supposedly non- traditional and evidently doesn't include going inside the Pena castle, but does go inside a different castle. The other is more traditional and does include going inside the castle. The grounds and entire area look amazing, so I'm having trouble figuring out which would be better. And there have been some mixed reviews on the castle itself. Also, planning to go either Good Friday or Easter Sunday so will probably be very crowded on both. Any opinions greatly welcomed!
On Sintra, we actually preferred the historic Palace Naxional. But you must see the newer Pena Palace up the hill, inside and out. We took a shuttle bus up there, very easy. We took the train from Lisbon, then bus up and back to town from train. Had lunch in Sintra after touring both palaces, took train back to Lisbon. You certainly do not need a tour.