Visit Portugal’s tiny fairyland Even Lord Byron could not help but lend a verse or two to describe the beauty of Sintra. The city of Sintra is situated fairly close to Lisbon and visitors will find it to be a welcome contrast to the clamour and crowds of the Portuguese capital.
For a large part of the 11th century, Sintra was part of the Iberian stronghold in the region. The influence of that Moorish reign is all pervasive in the castles and palaces in the city. The architectural designs one sees in Sintra are usually referred to as ‘Romanticist’ in nature it artistically combined different architectural and design techniques found from all over the world, Baroque, Gothic, Islamic, Mughal to name a few. When in Sintra, make it a point to explore at least one of its beautiful beaches. Also golf is a favoured pastime in the city.
The Serra Mountains and foggy forests of Sintra have blessed it with a wonderfully cool weather. Therefore even the Portuguese royalty considered this city as an ideal summer retreat. Today, visitors can enjoy the museums, palaces and gardens that the royals and the artists of Sintra have contributed to its landscape.
It is common for visitors to make a day trip to Sintra from Lisbon.