Sintra

"A Poetic Land that Brings Storybook Images and Folkloric Heroes to Life." - Reviewed by Lisa

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  • Lisa says: “There weren’t enough days to discover all the secrets that lie behind each enchanting façade.”
  • Miguel says: “You have truly experienced Portugal when you’ve indulged in a travesseiro and an espresso!”

A land of fairytale castles, picturesque pastel palaces, rolling green hills, endless countryside, winding crystal-clear rivers and a quaint town full to bursting with delightful shops, cafes and restaurants. This is Sintra.

If delving back into time is your thing, look no further than this magical area with its endless sightseeing opportunities and unequivocal history. With a Moorish castle dating back to the 8th century, frothy Manueline palaces from the 19th century and everything in between – the variations on romantic architecture are endless.

The most famous landmark is the Palacio da Pena commissioned in 1842 by King Ferdinand II who wanted a property which would reflect a scene from an opera. This and its many contemporaries do not disappoint with storybook scenes coming to life before your eyes.

The outdoors is your oyster, too. For those with a mind for some more strenuous exercise, a cycle ride through the pretty hillsides not only provides an excellent workout but some of the most delightful scenery in Portugal.

Nothing like indulging the stomach as well as the eyes whilst on holiday. Portugal is a country in which to try local delights. The Sintra area offers a myriad of tasty treats for everyone from the die-hard gastro fan to the health-conscious foodie to modern-day, sophisticated twists on country game and cheese.

Let TRIPWIX be your guide to this unique destination as you indulge in a cultural experience you won’t soon forget!

LOCATION

  • 60 minutes by car from Lisbon

EXPERIENCES

  • Shopping – Ambling around the charming streets of Sintra town is a most pleasant way to become acquainted with local handicraft traditions. Smart boutiques with superior selections of jewelry, hand-made clothing, scarves, lace and handbags rub shoulders with wine and gourmet food shops.
  • Sightseeing – Take a tour of the delightful, vividly-painted Pena Palace. Explore the elaborate gardens at the Quinta da Regaleira – an extravagant 19th-century Gothic mansion whose grounds are filled with secret passages and caves. Or visit the Moorish Castle, built in the 9th century during the Moorish occupation, and take in the spectacular panoramic views of the Sintra area.
  • Gastronomy – Dishes served in local restaurants run the gamut from palatial to quaint. There are plenty of traditional options such as the famous travesseiros (a deliciously delicate puff pastry with a sugary egg filling – very yum!). Join the line of eager visitors outside the famous Casa Piriquita as it snakes down the tiny street from the bakery to the main road – a testament to the heavenly concoctions sold within.
  • Walking and biking tours – With access to the Serra de Sintra hills and the Parque Natural de Sintra-Cascais, you can enjoy miles of hikes and outdoor activities woven through the lush forests that lead down to the dramatic coastline.