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Sintra picture in Lisbon
Sintra  picture in Lisbon
Sintra picture in Lisbon
Sintra picture in Lisbon
Sintra  picture in Lisbon
Sintra picture in Lisbon

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Located about 20 miles northwest of central Lisbon, Sintra's praises have been sung in literature by the likes of British poet Lord Byron and Portuguese poet Luis Vaz de Camões; Byron described it as a "glorious Eden." A veritable heaven on earth, the small city's rolling hills are clad with vibrant vegetation and fairy tale-like villas separated by cobblestone streets. The star of the show is the colorful Palácio Nacional de Pena, which was built to be a romantic getaway for Queen Maria II and her husband. There's also the Palacio Nacional de Sintra, whose azulejo-adorned interiors make up for its bland exteriors, the Monserrate Palace, the Castle of the Moors, and the Quinta da Regaleira. What's more, the entire city is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Travelers thoroughly enjoyed hopping back and forth between what many visitors described as beautiful palaces, villas and castles that Sintra had to offer, but recommended stamina and sturdy pair of shoes, as the area is very hilly.

To get from Lisbon to Sintra, you can take the train from the Rossio train station. The journey take about 30 minutes – the Sintra station is the last stop on the line. You could drive as well (though parking will be tricky), or take one of the local buses; the No. 434 services the main attractions.

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