With richly hued palaces, mist-covered forests and the ruins of a craggy Moorish castle overlooking a sleepy village, Sintra is like a page torn from a fairy tale.
Not surprisingly, it’s long been a favourite with out-of-towners. The Portuguese royals summered here, as did the Moors before them, and it was one of the few places in Portugal that Lord Byron liked, inspiring his travel epic Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage.
From London: 2 hours
GMT +1 hour
Not Applicable for EU Citizens
Sintra, just 20 miles from Lisbon, and 5 miles from the Atlantic coast, enjoys classic southern European weather. Consistently warm and sunny from May to September.
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