* Tourism Office
Praça da República, 23
- www.cm-sintra.pt (City Hall)
- www.visitlisboa.com (look for Región de Lisboa-Sintra)
* E. mail: email@example.com
lots to see, do and eat!!
walk or hire a car/taxi and go to the Pena National Palace.(you can,when the weather is good, get a horse drawn carriage up there,but it's tough on the horses,is expensive and very touristy!) Beautiful Palace though.
Shopping is great, lots of amazing ceramics,check out the antique shops for authentic old tiles.
Excellent restaurants,but explore side streets, often cheaper prices.
It is a bit touristy though, most people speak English, which I found disappointing as I wanted to try out my limited Portuguese.
Go to the Toy Museum too,very nostalgic and well set out. Take an umbrella in Spring as it tends to have it's own micro-weather system!!
Lovely, lovely place, one of my favourites.
Also, if you want free parking and don't mind a bit of a steep walk, park in the side streets.
Visit a unique place,The Capuchos Convent.
Half way up to the Moorish castles in Sintra,there is a turning on the right which is sign posted to Capuchos Convent. Go along this long,leafy and very twisty road and you will come to this incredible monastry that has been empty for many years and recently restored. Get a guided tour, well worth it,I don't usually like tours, but found this one very informative and interesting,and the guy didn't go on and on!!The convent is made into the rock,and you get a real feeling of the hardships the eight monks who lived there, had to endure.
BEDCHAMBER OF KING SEBASTIAN
A sign in the BEDCHAMBER OF KING SEBASTIANor Quarto de D. Sebastiao reads:
"Called the Gold Chamber at the beginning of the 15th century, due to decoration which has since disappeared. It was used as a bedchamber by King Sebastian at the end of the 16th century. The tile wall covering consisting of raised vine leaves dating from the beginning of the 16th century, is quite unique."
Queijadas are egg custard tartlets, and are among my preferred cakes in a country, Portugal, where cakes are very good.
I tried very good ones in Sintra, Casa das Queijadas, just opposite the railway station.
It's not only a place where you can get good cakes, but also a nice old style bar owned by a pretty aged woman