When someone mentions Portugal, you immediately think about Lisbon. However, this country has so many wonderful destinations, which you must see at least once in a lifetime. As soon as you step in Sintra understand immediately why this is so.
Sintra is a very important city in Portugal, located in its western part. The city’s settlement is in the county Lisbon, where it seems one of the municipalities. The central part of Sintra has a number of old buildings, villas, parks and gardens which makes it a world heritage site under UNESCO protection. Sintra is famous for its many romantic and architectural buildings and monuments from the 19th century. As such, it has become a major tourist center of Portugal, which is daily visited by tourists from around the world.
In addition to the Sintra Mountains and Sintra National Park, Sintra parish intertwined the royal summer houses and castles, including medieval Castelo dos Mouros, Pena National Palace and the Sintra National Palace.
This place looks like you have stepped into a fairy tale. At only 30 kilometers from Lisbon, this is a destination that in the 16th century was the meeting place of the royal family and the Portuguese bourgeoisie and today Sintra prestigious contemporary wealthy Portuguese. Numerous buildings, gardens, parks brought her recognition and popularity today.So it is no surprise that this place served as inspiration for many poets and writers, and who can blame them, when there is so much opium magic and picturesque.
As one of the oldest cities in Portugal, Sintra will arouse narrow winding streets, alleys and its intoxicating charm. The wooded hills of the Serra da Estrela mountains were once the summer residence of Portuguese kings and aristocrats and later made to travel to the fairytale Sintra, by Lord Byron called ‘Shiny One’, then you will know why. There are also many shops, art galleries and small museums.
If you are into gourmets, try a delicious cake Pasteis de Sintra in one of the many cafes in the town square. For art enthusiasts Museum of Contemporary Art is a must-see. Highly valued works of world famous artists such as Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Miro, and Francis Bacon, waiting to see them and admire them. For those who like to enjoy the beach and here the sun is obliged to go to the beach of Sao Juliao, Magoito, Macas, Grande and Adraga which they say is one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe.
In addition to having a unique architecture, spectacular nature and going out to the Atlantic Ocean, Sintra will delight and dishes such as ‘queijadas’ and ‘Travesseiros’.
If you ever visited Sintra, let us know, we are completely stunned by the beauty of this place and we are Hundo P sure we will visit it some day, how about you?!