Sintra is Located HERE
Favorite thing: Only about 30 kilometres west of Lisbon, and very close to the western Atlantic coast, Sintra makes for a very enjoyable day-trip from Lisbon! You can either do some walking around the town and its surrounding mountains or maybe get transportation of some sort to explore some of the other interesting attractions in the nearby area.
Fondest memory: As recounted in my pages, we actually made two trips here because we enjoyed the first one so much! Our first visit was by train from Lisbon, so we just walked around the main attractions of Sintra. However, after completing our 2-week rental car drive around Portugal, we returned here for a look at the surrounding area ('Distrito de Lisboa' page) before dropping our car off in Lisbon. The bottom line is - GO TO SINTRA !Related to:
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A BIT ABOUT SINTRA
Favorite thing: Saturday, May 30, 2009
Truly a magical place SINTRA is surrounded by lush green forests and blessed with turreted palaces and old castles.
Due to its excellent location very close to Lisbon, the Palace of Sintra was a favoured place of residence among Portuguese Monarchs since the Middle Ages.
VT organizers arranged a great outing to Sintra, which also included a later stop to Cabo da Roca for a fabulous group pic. We had two busloads of eager VTers waiting at the pick-up spot at Hotel Cidadela.
Sintra, located 25 km north of Lisbon, is one of the most delightful towns to be found in Portugal as it is Picturesquely situated in the Hills of Sierra de Sintra.
There are three National Palaces here - The Royal Palace or Palace National de Sintra - Pena and Queluz. There is also the Palacio de Montserrate and Convento dos Capuches. Sintra also has its very own Moorish Castle - Castelo do Mouros.
The town of Sintra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Hans & I had a very relaxed day, with mostly visiting the Royal Palace, walking around town, roaming the narrow little hilly & cobblestoned side streets, having an ice cream (forgot to taste a queijadas which are little cheese tarts of which Sintra is famous) and taking the little tourist train.
Everyone else did their own thing, with some going to Pena, some walking up to the old Moorish Castle and one group in particular just sitting and socializing at the sidewalk terrace of the Bristol.
All in all - a great day!
Green, damp and beautiful
Favorite thing: The beauty of traveling in the off-season is that sometimes you have the streets all to yourself. That kind of isolation often allows me to observe things more carefully than if I were walking shoulder to shoulder with a mob of tourists. On our visit, a storm was brewing all day and finally exploded from the sky late in the afternoon, drenching us as we splashed through the puddle-filled streets toward the train station. However, for most of the day the sky was simply gray and the damp air, the mist and the fog only added to the magic and lush atmosphere of this town, which the English poet, Lord Byron described as a "glorious Eden."
This wall and narrow sidewalk demonstrate some of Sintra's verdant charm.
Favorite thing: It could be a nightlife tip, but's a bit more than that. In Azoia, near Sintra, there's the bar called "Moinho D.Quixote" i really like. You can go there for a night drink, it's a cool place with a wide range of style-decoration. But i love to go there on a sunny late morning... They have kind of a backyard-splanade (well, it's not a garden) a bit of a labyrinth, with cool tables wondefull corners from where you can be delighted with the view. The ocean.
The address is: Road of Cabo da Roca, Azóia Tel: 21 9292523. Open: 12pm-2am
Sintra and it's designations
Favorite thing: Sintra, anciently for some known as "sacred hill" (monte sagrado), "hill of the moon" (monte da lua). Described "as the village immersed on the mist that won't scatter". The "Glourious Eden" of Lord Byron. Sintra, the priveliged residence of Kings and nobles. A paradisiac retreat for monks and eremites. Inspirating muse for poets, writers, musicians and painters. Sintras has been known and talked about for centuries. So many people has known it, and yet so many mysteris it hides!...
Don't miss the queijadas!
Favorite thing: The queijadas are one of the two typical pastries of that village (the other is travesseiros). They are made of a thin pastry case filled with a mixture of cheese, flour, sugar, egg yolk and cinnamon.
I bought a packet of these at cafe Piriquita; not far from the Royal Palace. I liked them a lot. They are sold at some other shops of cafes in Sintra as well.Related to:
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Favorite thing: * Tourism Office
Praça da República, 23
- www.cm-sintra.pt (City Hall)
- www.visitlisboa.com (look for Región de Lisboa-Sintra)
* E. mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Around town in Sintra
Favorite thing: We were lucky enough to have Antonio with us, he was the perfect guide, very knowledgeable about EVERYTHING...
These first 4 photos just show some of the views around the historic center of Sintra.
The last is the "podium" from which Antonio shared some of his knowledge.
(yes that is Tal and Stacey sitting at his feet)Related to:
- Historical Travel
lots to see, do and eat!!
Favorite thing: 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.
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Favorite thing: Around the main square you may see a lady selling colour yarn dolls in their native costumes. While shopkeepers let you think prices are set, it doesn’t hurt to try and often they will negotiate.Related to:
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