Sintra is incredibly beautiful. That’s what I’ve learnt over the last few months. I moved to Lisbon last September and it took me until April to visit Sintra (despite the convenient 40 minute train ride) but once I’d seen it I ended up going back another two times.

I still haven’t even made it the Castle of the Moors or Pena Palace, arguably the most obvious tourist sites there. However, I have been to Quinta da Regaleira, which has to be one of my favourite places in the world. It’s like a magical garden of hidden treasures, including a moss-covered initiation well replete with spiral staircase.

One thing to be aware of in Sintra’s old town is that food and drink prices are significantly higher than in Lisbon. It’s worth shopping around a bit. We found that the area near the train station was a bit more reasonable.

Anyway, if you ever go to Sintra you probably won’t be too dismayed about paying over the odds for a glass of wine as you’ll be distracted by its beautiful buildings, green spaces and ethereal atmosphere. Highly recommended.

2 Responses to “Sintra”
  1. Great photos of Sintra!

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