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4.5 out of 5
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A historic town on the Estoril coastal region of Portugal, Sintra is distinguished by attractions like the Moorish Castle, Palácio da Pena and Regaleira Palace and Gardens. The climate is particularly good for cork, which means that shopping yields a myriad of brown, aerated products. The city that was the summer playground of monarchs now brings in thousands of day-trippers, especially from nearby Lisbon, but after a trip to eerie, magical Sintra, which Lord Byron called a Glorious Eden, you will understand why.
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  • SintraAmbassadorPro 2014
    Katie Pierce
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    5 Apr 03, 2014

    Sintra is a great little spot that's easy to get to from Lisbon. It's filled with palaces and has a cute, quaint town where you can grab lunch or dinner.

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    Caroline Carlos
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    4 Jan 27, 2013

    Welcome to Portugal's romantic, fairytale town! It's cooler here than in Lisboa, so dress accordingly. The National Palace of Sintra is the only landmark immediately near the train station; it's a bit more of a trek to get to the town jewels. If you're hiking up to the landmarks rather than taking the 434 bus, wear comfy shoes as you'll be heading steadily uphill for an hour or so. While walking, beware the rare vehicle as the sidewalk disappears; there are also many blind curves along the road. On the bright side, there are many cyclists that will pass you, and they're all incredibly friendly! The trek up is well worth it - you'll hit the Moorish Castle and Pena Palace up top, and both monumental structures have stunning vistas. You get history, views of mountain forests and water, and a feeling that writers long ago easily found inspiration here.

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    Nally
    4 Oct 17, 2012

    Sintra is a great day trip while visiting Lisbon. The train from Rossio Station in Lisbon takes about 40 minutes to get to Sintra, and then a bus takes you into town from the train station. Sintra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with castles and palaces. The area is very hilly, so be sure to use the trams to go from site to site.

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    Margaret Owens
    4 Oct 04, 2012

    Sintra is a fantastic day-trip out of the bustling city of Lisbon, Portugal. Lots of buses host tours from the city if you don't want to plan your own accommodations. You can see many palaces (including the Pena Palace) on the way there — and do try some of the eccentric pastries from the town of Sintra. It's an over-all delight!

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    travel33
    5 Aug 22, 2012

    I had no intention of visiting Sintra but one of my friends who had been to Lisbon highly recommended it so I decided to take a short side trip over to Sintra. OMG, it is the cutest little mountain town! We just walked around and got lost in the alleys/stairways, etc., There were a lot of art shops and of course the Palace de Pena is something worth seeing.

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    Lisa Newble
    5 Aug 10, 2012

    Lisbon is a fabulous city with lots to see, but if you have time for one day trip out of the city I really recommend Sintra just outside. It is a magical place of whimsical castles, palaces, grottos and gardens.

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  • SintraPro 2014
    Eric Brink
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    5 Jul 20, 2012

    During our Portugal Honeymoon, Gayle and I took the train from Rossio Station in Lisbon to Sintra. The town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site on account of its 19th century Romantic architecture. And whether you're talking about the old Town Centre area, the Pena Palace, the nearby Moorish Castle, and the extensive surrounding park lands, this place is gorgeous and is not to be missed. In fact, Lord Byron once wrote: "I must just observe that the village of Cintra in Estremadura is the most beautiful in the world."

    You can climb up from Town, but I recommend you take the City bus up the hill to the Pena Palance and then walk down via the Castelo dos Mouros. On the way down, you'll go through some beautiful park lands, see a cool duck house, and even walk past a house once occupied by Hans Christian Andersen. And don't forget to visit the Sintra National Palace before you head back to the train station.

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    David Eastin
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    If you go to Lisbon you have to take (at least) a day trip here. It's an amazing little town that makes you feel as if you've stepped back in time to another world. It's amazing with little shops, restaurants, and a castle on the hill. A must see!

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    Rachel E.
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    4 Jul 05, 2012

    Perfect day trip from Lisbon. An easy train ride away with several historical landmarks, a few castles and super close to the Atlantic Ocean. What more could you want?

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    Sophie
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    The picturesque town of Sintra lies on a hill 35 km from Lisbon. The hill is covered with pristine gardens and a half dozen castles and palaces, warranting it the title of UNESCO World Heritage Site. The crème de la crème is the bright pink and yellow Pena National Palace which crowns the hilltop like the icing on a cake. From here, take in a breathtaking view that extends all the way to the coast.

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