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IN A NUTSHELL
WHAT: Sintra.
WHERE: Portugal.
WHY: UNESCO World Heritage site with Moorish and Renaissance castles, beautiful architecture, open hills and countryside of Western Portugal.
WHEN: Any time of year.
HOW: International flights into Portela Airport (Lisbon).
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Sintra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site east of Lisbon, noted for its 19th Century architecture.  Notably, this town became the first center of architecture in the European Romantic style.  The ornate palaces and parks in these cool hills east of the capital city combine Gothic, Egyptian, Moorish, and Renaissance elements creating a unique site that influenced the development of landscape architecture throughout Europe. 

 

 
  

Sintra is located just east of Lisbon, between the capital city and Portugal's West Coast.  It can be easily reached by a 45 minute long train ride from Santa Apolónia, Oriente, Campolide and Rossio train stations. The town is a 10 minute walk from the station.

From town, take the circular 434 bus route to visit the various palaces.  Day tickets cost 4 Euro and can be purchased from the bus driver. 

You can also walk up to the Castelo dos Mouros from town, but be prepared for a steep one-hour climb up a windy road with no sidewalks and barely any room for pedestrians.  You will have to jump out of the way often as buses, taxis, and private cars careen around turns with reckless abandon.

Sintra Train Station
Sintra National Palace
Castelo dos Mouros
Pena Palace


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Sintra Highlights and Travel Tips

CASTELO DOS MOUROS
Explore the walls and parapets of this 9th Century Moorish Castle perched on a hill high above town.
PENA PALACE
The Palácio Nacional da Pena is the oldest palace built in the style of European Romanticism.  This 19th Century castle contains an eclectic mixture of tastes and concepts from Europe, Asia, and Africa.
SINTRA NATIONAL PALACE
The Palácio Nacional de Sintra is the best preserved medieval royal palace in Portugal, and was continuously used as the royal family's summer palace from the 15th to the 19th Century.

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