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Sintra, Portugal

From series “Fabulous Nooks of the World with Striking Colorful Shades”
Year: 1154.

Portugal also has an amazing location that strikes with its fabulous atmosphere. That’s the old town of Sintra. Today, its colorful ambience is known all over the world. The ancient town was able to preserve the pristine architecture. There, you can see numerous majestic palaces, castles, and monasteries surrounded by centuries-old forests. The place features a very soothing and romantic atmosphere. The port city was founded in 1154 on the site of the fortress of the same name. Now, the whole territory of the town and its immediate surroundings are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Sintra, Portugal Literally, every building in the city is a priceless historic landmark. One of the main historical sites is the National Palace of Sintra. The world famous Palace of Pena is hidden in the dense forests. A tour usually includes a walk in the surrounding woods. There, among ancient trees, you can see the surviving fragments of an ancient Moorish castle and estates that look well-preserved after centuries.

Another great historical symbol of the city is a tram line that is a real live museum. Old trams, which were built over a hundred years ago, ply along this line. Cars themselves are of great historical value. A ride on the tram is unusual, as you can see the main architectural attractions of the city and enjoy its marvelous scenery. The town of Sintra is a popular holiday destination among couples; many people choose it for the honeymoon. The city has wonderful hotels in historic buildings, as well as excellent local restaurants. Next - Hitsujiyama Park

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Useful staff nearby

ATM bankomat: 'Multibanco' located in 0.74 km ( check the route on the map).
Car rental office: 'Sintratur-aluguer De Trens Lda' is located in 0.63 km ( on the map).
Fuel station: 'BP' in 0.79 km
Supermarket: 'Mercearia do Beco' in 0.07 km
Parking: 'Parking Parque de La Libertad' in 0.17 km
Apotheek: 'Farmácia Marrazes' in 0.76 km
Police station: 'SubDestacamento Territorial G.N.R Sintra' in 0.42 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'Cafè da Vila' in 0.04 km
Railway station: 'Sintra' in 0.48 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Portela Airport LIS - in 22 km
 »  Coimbra Airport CBP - in 170 km
 »  Portimao Airport PRM - in 196 km
 »  Talavera La Real Airport BJZ - in 222 km
 »  Covilha Airport COV - in 231 km
 Cities nearby

Best hotels near Sintra

Villa Branca Jacinta

Located in 0 km from Sintra
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Rooms: 4
The heated rooms feature a private bathroom with a shower. They all include free WiFi and central heating. A breakfast buffet is served each morning … More: photo, rates and booking
Sintra Small Hostel

Located in 1 km from Sintra
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Rooms: 3
The hostel has 3 bedrooms available, 1 double, 1 dormitory room and 1 single room. All units feature access to shared bathroom facilities. The dorm … More: photo, rates and booking
Portugal Ways Sintra Country House

Located in 2 km from Sintra
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Rooms: 5
The bright and spacious apartments feature a fully equipped kitchen with an oven, microwave and dishwasher. The open-plan living room has a small … More: photo, rates and booking
Quinta Verde Sintra

Located in 3 km from Sintra
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Rooms: 5
The homey rooms feature a flat-screen TV. The private bathrooms come with a bath, hairdryer and free toiletries. Free Wi-Fi is available in public … More: photo, rates and booking

Nearest unique sightseeing spots to visit

Palacio Nacional da Pena
1 km - Palacio Nacional da Pena
The National Palace Pena in Portugal is the landmark of the importance of the state. The palace is located in the surroundings of the city of Sintra and was built on the top of the steep rock in 1840. From the outside, the palace is a typical medieval castle, although …
House Garden in Lisbon
15 km - House Garden in Lisbon
From the series 'Unique Living Houses'

You can see amazing green houses in big cities. An excellent example is a residence in Lisbon. Experts from Rebelo de Andrade studios have created this amazing building. Its facade is decorated with 4 500 plants of more than twenty different species. Authors of the …
Mafra National Palace
16 km - Mafra National Palace
Mafra National Palace isn’t another architectural sightseeing in Baroque, it is the biggest and the most beautiful King’s Palace in Portugal. The palace was built within 13 years and was finished in 1730. Originally this building was quite complex from the …
Santuario de Cristo Rei
23 km - Santuario de Cristo Rei
The Christ the King or Cristo Rei situated in Almada, Portugal, is amazing too. This sculpture of Jesus Christ has a rather unique design. The main part of the portico is 75 meters high. The statue itself is 28 meters high, so the total height of the sculpture is 103 …
Lisbon Oceanarium
25 km - Lisbon Oceanarium
There is a magnificent aquarium in the Parque das Nacoes in Lisbon, which is also one of the largest and most visited in Europe. An arrangement of the oceanarium is very amazing. It is equipped with five large aquariums, each of which represents a collection of one of …
Ponte Vasco da Gama
30 km - Ponte Vasco da Gama
The longest bridge in Europe is located in Lisbon and was named to honor the excellent navigator Vasco da Gama. The length of the bridge is 17.2 km. The bridge over the Tajo River was opened in 1998 and is characterized by the incredibly harmonious shape. The bridge …

Top destination around Sintra - Cascais

Foreign travelers may somehow feel that local residents resemble the Spaniards. Indeed, the culture and traditions of these neighboring countries are very similar. However, the people of Cascais do not fell this way. Any comparison with the Spaniards is nothing but an insult for them. Therefore, make sure you avoid any comments on this subject. Many local customs may seem rather peculiar to foreigners. For example, it is prohibited to stretch and yawn in public places. Such a behavior is considered the main sign of bad manners. In general, there are no special rules of behavior in society here. Local people have already become accustomed to numerous visitors, and so they have quite a patient approach to foreigners and foreign cultures.

Every year Cascais becomes the location of Festas De Mare (the Sea Festival). The colorful national holiday traditionally attracts a lot of tourists from different countries. Fishing is one of the oldest national crafts, and so local fishermen never get tired of showing their talents and skills to an enthusiastic audience. Modern Festas De Mare is very different from the holiday, which was celebrated a few decades ago.
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