Just a few kilometres from Lisbon, Sintra is magical and romantic, rich in memories of its former days as the Royal Families' Summer resort.
Blessed with a unique microclimate, and bursting with mineral water springs, the Sintra hills are deliciously cool and verdant, even in Summer. Classified by UNESCO as “Cultural Landscape of Humanity”, the area boasts dozens of manor houses, palaces.
Its winding roads, hanging gardens, and stunning views over valley and the Atlantic ocean offer walkers, hikers and bikers an experience not to be missed. Some attractions are unmissable: the town centre Palácio da Vila; the mazes and gardens of the esoteric Quinta da Regaleira, the Monserrate Palace or King Consort Ferdinand II of Saxe-Coburg's hilltop Pena Palace imaginative fantasy.
For a more traditional visit, stroll through town's many antique shops; or wine and dine to your heart's content - fresh fish and seafood, roast kid and the usual rich desserts for which Portugal is justly famous.