"Sintra - Natural beauty" Sintra by salinhopt

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The district that is now covered by the Borough of Sintra has been inhabited by man for a very long time indeed. The privileged geographical and environmental situation has over the ages attracted and fixed settlers. Numerous archaeological remains, including prehistoric and protohistoric tombs, testify to its antiquity.

Sintra has remained even nowadays the "noble town surrounded by many estates, pleasant woods with plentiful springs of excellent water", referred to by various old authors.

A tourist region par excellence, Sintra is one of the most delightful places to be found in Portugal. With its extensive range of green bills with its crags - the Serra de Sintra - so picturesquely situated and offering stupendous views of the coastline with its impressive beauty, Sintra is indeed "a garden of the earthly paradise".

The potentialities of the Sintra district are not confined to the wild enchantments of the Serra, sometimes wreathed in mist, and to the artistic heritage of the Old Town, described by Byron as "the most pleasing in Europe", but also include valuable archaeological remains, particularly from the Roman period, ancient manor houses, churches of personalised artistic value and characteristic villages.

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  • Pros:The nature around mediaval times
  • In a nutshell:Sintra city of wonders
  • Last visit to Sintra: Jan 2003
  • Intro Updated Sep 23, 2003
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  • zlatiq's Profile Photo
    Aug 31, 2007 at 7:37 AM

    great photos! but why is the train ride from lisboa to sintra not pleasant?i hope is nothing scary..hehhe; thanks

  • ncfg's Profile Photo
    Mar 23, 2004 at 6:33 AM

    Lovely Sintra. Great job Gonçalo.

  • Pakistaniguy's Profile Photo
    Dec 11, 2003 at 3:28 PM

    Dear Goncalo ! This Pena Palace seems to be the main highlight of Sintra ! i am very interested to see it some day InshAllah. Best Wishes from Pakistan, Umer Durrani.

  • micas_pt's Profile Photo
    Oct 31, 2003 at 1:41 PM

    Nice page about Sintra. You show all the beautiful places in this lovely city. And your photos are great (as usual)!!

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Oct 26, 2003 at 3:11 PM

    What a great place to go and excellent pics ! I hope to go there one day !

  • acemj's Profile Photo
    Oct 25, 2003 at 8:06 PM

    This place is truly magical! I loved it. You showed me some new things that I missed.

  • Canadienne's Profile Photo
    Oct 25, 2003 at 7:17 PM

    I did make it to Sintra. . .and thought it was lovely ~ the Quinta da Regaleira was a highlight. Excellent page!

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Oct 5, 2003 at 12:44 PM

    Great Sintra page, Portugal is high on my list of places to go.

  • herzog63's Profile Photo
    Sep 30, 2003 at 5:03 PM

    Pena Palace sure looks cool! Actually the whole area looks pretty fantastic!! You've got a wonderful page here!

  • TempNomad's Profile Photo
    Sep 30, 2003 at 2:45 PM

    Sintra is lovely...that's one area I DID see! The weather wasn't as lovely, but the castle and people were both very inviting. It's a shame Montserrat is not open to the public, but it makes for a great photo from afar.


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