For a getaway with a fairy tale feel and enchanting atmosphere, Sintra may be just the ticket. This Portuguese gem exudes a unique wonder and charm that is sure to captivate all who chose to embark on a trip here.
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you can expect nothing short of breath-taking surroundings and mystical sites to discover during your holidays in Sintra. Positioned among the Serra Mountains in western Portugal, the area is great for those who enjoy scenic walks in diverse landscapes, and be sure to remember your camera – the panoramic views over the luscious countryside are well worth capturing on film.
Things to Do in Sintra
A short drive or ambitious hike from town, the Cabo da Roca lighthouse is well worth a visit. The westernmost point of continental Europe, this area is a magical place to watch the sun set into the Atlantic. The Portuguese capital, Lisbon, is also a short drive away and perfect for a day trip.
Take a walk through the woods to the 16th century Capuchos Convent or find your way up to the 9th century Moorish palace perched 412m above sea level for a full day of exploration. Combine these with a visit to the numerous museums and galleries and you’ll have yourself a sensational, culture filled day.
Holidays in Sintra wouldn't be complete without a trip to Pena Palace. With its pink and yellow turrets and beautiful, colourful gardens, this hilltop palace is truly something to behold. Make sure to spend some time in the Parque da Pena and visit the huge redwoods and peaceful lakes.
Captivating Historic Sites and Local Delicacies
With the Lisbon Coast being so popular for its beautiful beaches and warm weather, a trip to the coast is a must during Sintra holidays. Head just 12km west towards the sparkling waters of the North Atlantic and sit back and relax as the warm rays beat down on you. While Sintra is jam-packed with stunning architecture and historical sites to keep even the most enthusiastic historian occupied – if you wish to further explore the area’s rich history, Ericeira is found just 30 minutes north and is home to a wealth of fascinating old buildings and notable sites.
If you are keen to travel a little further afield then the town of Palmela will reveal you to a majestic castle and exquisite views across the land. The area is also well known for its production of wine, so make sure you sample some of the local talent during your visit.