Sintra

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Sintra Palace
Photo by: Peter Curbishley, Creative Commons

Sintra is a town in the Estoril Coast region of Portugal. When you ask people in Lisbon whether where it is ideal to visit if you want to explore outside the city, they would surely tell you to go there. It is one of the most delightful spots to go to mainly because of its wide range of greenery—the Serra de Sintra. It is a picturesque mountain range with breathtaking views of the coastline. No wonder Lord Byron called it a glorious garden.

Sintra is not only beautiful because of the Serra. It also boasts of priceless archeological remains especially from the Roman period. There are ancient manor houses, old-fashioned villages, and also artistic churches. Another thing that this town is famous for is their wine production of proven standard. It is also known for traditional confectionery and cooking.

This municipality was declared as World Heritage Site for the cultural landscape which includes: Pena National Palace, Sintra National Palace, Quinta de Regaleira, Monserrate Palace, Castle of the Moors, and Seteais Palace. These are spots you should not miss in case you get the chance to visit this paradise. When you are done with them though, there are still a lot of places to go. Churches, museums, parks, and gardens… You would surely not run out of spots to check and explore.

If you are tired exploring and simply want to unwind, you can just get into a restaurant in the town center and have a taste of their delectable cuisine. If you love shopping, you can also do some here. Visitors usually buy souvenirs and Porto wine in this historic district. There are quite a number of shops that offer usual visitor items like t-shirts, hats, key chains, and post cards. There is a broad selection of products to choose from that you will surely not have a hard time picking which is nice.

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