About Sintra area
Sintra is stunning, and many people find it hard to believe that such a beautiful place could be found so close to the capital city of Lisbon. Sintra is a world heritage site due to the incredible, romantic 19th century architecture that can be found throughout the town. This beautiful town is situated just 30 km from the capital and is popular with everyone. Many tourists take day trips to the town to explore the beautiful buildings and fascinating attractions.
The Portuguese Royal family is well known for spending their summers in Sintra between the 15th and 19th centuries. This is the reason that the Sintra National Palace was constructed, to allow them to have somewhere to stay during their visits. The design of the palace is incredibly unique as with many of the buildings in the town, there are several different design elements included. Gothic, Moorish and Manueline features can all be found throughout the palace.
The Sintra mountain range is the largest park in the Lisbon area and covers a total area of just over 10 miles. This area of Sintra is very popular with both locals and tourists who are looking for beautiful natural scenery, away from the buildings and landmarks. The mountain regions are part of Portuguese history, and there are many myths and legends surrounding them. The local people believe that there are supernatural forces to be found in the mountain range and surrounding areas.
Although a huge majority of Sintra is made up of the town, there is a great stretch of beach for relaxing on situated on the coast. Further around the coastline there are some great natural beaches and coves, which provide excellent surfing. Praia Grande is ideal for both windsurfing and surfing. During the summer months, the dolphins begin to come closer to shore, and you may be fortunate enough to see them in the estuary.
If you like to explore old buildings and experience historical sites, wandering through the streets of Sintra will be a treat for you. There are plenty of different buildings, chapels, palaces, and battlements for you to explore. Sintra Vila, or the old town as it is known is fascinating, and you will find that you can spend countless hours wandering through the old cobbled streets enjoying the atmosphere. The battlements in this area will give you stunning views of the rest of the town and beyond.
The Museu do Brinquedo is one place that you should not miss, especially if you are travelling with your children. This amazing toy museum has toys from all over the world dating back over 50 years, and is the perfect way to spend an afternoon. You can reminisce about the toys that you played with as a child, and your children can compare their toys with what you had.
With so much to see and do in Sintra, it is no surprise that people from all over Portugal visit this fascinating town. With so many different elements to explore, you are guaranteed to keep everyone happy whilst in the town. From natural mountain ranges, to magnificent gothic architecture Sintra has it all and so much more.