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Under clouds & overjoyed

My visit to Sintra was made more memorable by unpredictable weather. When we first arrived, the clouds were thick and moving fast in the sky. As we visited various sights, we walked through mist and stood high atop cliffs being blown by tremendous winds. We literally disappeared in the clouds and emerged at the base of the mountain into puddle-filled streets. By the end of the day, we were running to the train station through a driving rain laughing all the way.

Most guidebooks tout Sintra as a virtually mandatory daytrip from Lisbon and it's easy to see why. The town sits on the rugged slopes of the Serra de Sintra. Its Old Quarter is a hilly jumble of interesting streets, touristy stores and varied architecture. You'll find some of the most important palaces and museums in Portugal as well as some beautiful homes and excellent hiking trails and parks.

Lord Byron famously referred to Sintra as a "glorious Eden" and even before the famous poet wrote these lines, Sintra was admired. The ancient Iberians called it the Mountain of the Moon and practiced all sorts of cult worship here and the Moors were so taken by the setting that they built a castle on one of the hills above the town which, to this day, provides spectacular views over the landscape below.

  • Last visit to Sintra: Nov 2013
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Maurizioago's Profile Photo
    Oct 25, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    I have to re visit Sintra!


  • Mikebb's Profile Photo
    Jul 20, 2008 at 4:20 PM

    Hi Mark, Thank you for your tips , they will be helpful during our 7day holiday in Cascais this Sept. Sintra will be a definite day trip, hope the bus/train goes direct from Cascais.

  • beyondesign's Profile Photo
    Apr 24, 2008 at 6:51 AM

    If you like walking in Sintra there is a walking guide book called lookgofind discover Sintra

  • Maurizioago's Profile Photo
    Sep 15, 2007 at 3:06 PM

    Rossio station is closed since a long time. Ciao!

  • Feb 9, 2007 at 8:34 PM

    Thanks for all the useful information found on this site.Visited Sintra October 2006 and wish I could have stayed much longer.Great to get away from them adding crowd and see more historic places.Hope to return to Portugal.Kiwi traveller.

  • Jun 29, 2006 at 12:34 PM

    You really have a unique writing style Mark! Excellent page, you managed to capture the atmosphere of foggy tourist-free Sintra.

  • chrissyalex's Profile Photo
    Sep 16, 2004 at 8:44 AM

    Gorgeous page, Mark..even with the fog. Going to Lisbon next week and Sintra is high on my list of must sees. I love the opening picture!

  • arlequin_g's Profile Photo
    Sep 11, 2004 at 8:07 AM

    Really nice place and great page. I suppose a lot of people has told you the same, but it's the truth.

  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    Aug 5, 2004 at 7:00 AM

    another great page, brought back such lovely memories. Thanks for your view on it.

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Jul 4, 2004 at 1:17 AM

    Mark, another masterpiece! You have really captured the essence of Sintra - what an amazing place! That walk up through the forest to the Moorish Castle was something I really enjoyed - mind you we had sunshine!


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