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Once the royal town of the country, it now deservedly holds UNESCO world heritage status and attracts hordes of visitors throughout the year. Sintra has unusual geography: hills, forests, ocean, and its subsequent climate. Monuments and nature get together in one of the most perfect combinations.
Sintra: historical center
Hans Christian Anderson found inspiration here, describing Sintra as the "most beautiful place in Portugal". Lord Byron during his time here describing this town as his "glorious Eden".
Moorish Castle: towering over Sintra
Doll Vendor: in historical center of Sintra
Pena Palace: one of the wonders of Portugal

Sintra’s illustrious past is crowned by two peaks: Moorish Castle, built by Moors in the 8th century, and Pena Palace, the colorful dream-like palace built by a German noble man for his Portuguese wife. These two peaks provide spectacular views over the entire area extending as far as the sea. Right in the center of Sintra is the Palácio Nacional de Sintra. Except its two huge white chimneys it looks like any other ordinary palace, but its real treasures lie inside.

Other attractions in the area include Quinta da Regaleira, Museu de Arte Moderna (Modern Art Museum), Monserrate, Convento dos Capuchos, Museu do Brinquedo and Teatro Virtual.

Craft shops sell a host of local artisan specialities and a range of cafes and restaurants cater well for all even in peak months. For the sweet toothed, two local pastries stand out; the Queijadinha is a small soft-cheese based tart and the Travesseiro a sweet fruit filled pillow eaten warm.

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Conquered in 1147 by Afonso Henriques for the Christians, the Castle was a major victory in the reconquest of Portugal. Today the Castle is in ruins, although it was restored in mid- nineteenth century, and offers spectacular views to its visitors from Ponte 25 de Abril to Arrabida, Cascais to Cabo da Rocha, Peniche and the Berlenga islands.
It is one of the most surising and enigmatic monuments of the Sintra Cultural Landscape. Quinta da Regaleira is classified as World Heritage by UNESCO.
The Palacio da Pena is an extravagant yet relatively modern building. The outside evokes Disney in that its pink and yellow towers and domes boast drawbridges, sculptures and detail that one can only imagine exist in fantasy.
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