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Saturday, May 30. 2009

Truly a magical place SINTRA is surrounded by lush green forests and blessed with turreted palaces and old castles.
Due to its excellent location very close to Lisbon, the Palace of Sintra was a favoured place of residence among Portuguese Monarchs since the Middle Ages.
VT organizers arranged a great outing to Sintra, which also included a later stop to Cabo da Roca for a fabulous group pic. We had two busloads of eager VTers waiting at the pick-up spot at Hotel Cidadela.
Sintra, located 25 km north of Lisbon, is one of the most delightful towns to be found in Portugal as it is Picturesquely situated in the Hills of Sierra de Sintra.
There are three National Palaces here - The Royal Palace or Palace National de Sintra - Pena and Queluz. There is also the Palacio de Montserrate and Convento dos Capuches. Sintra also has its very own Moorish Castle - Castelo do Mouros.
The town of Sintra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Hans & I had a very relaxed day, with mostly visiting the Royal Palace, walking around town, roaming the narrow little hilly & cobblestoned side streets, having an ice cream (forgot to taste a queijadas which are little cheese tarts of which Sintra is famous) and taking the little tourist train.
Everyone else did their own thing, with some going to Pena, some walking up to the old Moorish Castle and one group in particular just sitting and socializing at the sidewalk terrace of the Bristol.
All in all - a great day!

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  • Last visit to Sintra: May 2009
  • Intro Updated Oct 14, 2012
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  • GentleSpirit's Profile Photo
    Nov 9, 2012 at 4:36 AM

    I really enjoyed your photos and tips, particularly the national palace. Im not usually crazy about a lot of palaces because their decor is so over the top baroque. this one seemed more elegant. The tilework looks stunning!

    • LoriPori's Profile Photo
      Nov 9, 2012 at 10:14 AM

      It was a joy to walk through the National Palace and as you say it was not over the top and I could actually visualize people living there.

  • Maurizioago's Profile Photo
    Oct 25, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    I've visited Sintra various times. I think I will revisit it soon.


  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Dec 29, 2009 at 12:16 AM

    Sintra looks lovely and it sounds like you had a very pleasant visit! I will defenitely make a daytrip there from Lisboa when I go to Portugal next year.

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Sep 15, 2009 at 8:05 AM

    Lori, we missed the Palacio Nacional and the train...sigh...but still, Sintra was truly magical and very lush as you said...Norman :)

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Sep 13, 2009 at 8:33 AM

    Oh sweet mwemories :-)) I should have visited the Royal Palace also, it is very much impressive in there, given your photos :-))

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Aug 1, 2009 at 12:38 PM

    The ceramic tiles are gorgious! Swan hall and magpiie room are superb!

  • breughel's Profile Photo
    Jul 26, 2009 at 5:01 AM

    We visited Sintra twice in the nineties and found it a charming, a bit out of time, place. Vegetation and flowers were quite special due to the microclimate of this area. Terraces were great, indeed.

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Jul 17, 2009 at 4:07 AM

    Can just picture you and Hansi on the little tourist train waving to other VT's! National Palace is really something, but my favorite from your descriptions was Blazons Hall. Great work, Lori.

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Jul 8, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    This medieval Royal Palace was worth seeing without any doubt. Lucky you were! A very pleasant VT-tour! Thanks Lori for showing it to those who missed that great VT-meeting in Portugal!

  • Dabs's Profile Photo
    Jul 7, 2009 at 6:37 PM

    Ha ha, you probably wouldn't have found me on the terrace! Thanks for the lovely revisit to Sintra :-)


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