Sintra is a town in the Lisbon Region of Portugal. Its spectacular setting, 28km from Lisbon, houses a Royal Palace, used by generations of Portuguese royalty prior to the 1910 revolution.

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Quinta da Regaleira

Regaleira Palace, situated at the historic centre of Sintra, is also part of the built heritage included in UNESCO's world heritage list as "Sintra cultural landscape".The origins of this place date back to 1697, when the property was bought by José Leite, but it was only by the late 19th century that the history of the Palace and Gardens begins. In 1892 Carvalho Monteiro, an eccentric capitalist that had made a huge fortune in Brazil, bought the property and hired the Italian architect Luigi Manini to conceive a place that gathered, on the one hand, a sum of artistic currents (Gothic, Manueline and Renaissance) and, on the other hand, the glorification of national history influenced by mythic and esoteric traditions. A great variety of Masonic symbols is present in Regaleira Palace and Gardens. An important example is the magnificent "Poço Iniciático" (Initiation Well), looking like an upside down tower, where at every 15 steps a plateau is reached, in a total of nine leading to the depths of the earth. The nine plateaus remind the nine circles of Hell, the nine sections of Purgatory and the nine heavens of Paradise, as designated by Dante. Everyone seems to get lost looking for the Initiation Well - hang onto the map you get when purchasing your ticket!

Nice Way Sintra Palace

Recently opened in January 2011, Nice Way Sintra Palace is in a totally refurbished old palace house in the center of the mysterious and romantic town of Sintra. The hostel offers private and shared accommodation, a fully-equipped kitchen, and a cozy living room which opens into a beautiful garden. The hostel affords spectacular vistas of Sintra, crowned by two peaks, the Moorish Castle and Pena Palace.

Pena National Palace

Beautiful example of pseudo-Moorish Romantic architecture. The facades were completely restored in January 2015, so it is well-worth a visit. You can climb there by foot or using a small train departing from the ticket office. You can see a good collection of furniture and the royal apartments.

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Moorish Castle

One of the highlights of Sintra not to be missed. Ruins of a castle built by the Moors from the 9th century onwards. Apparently, when Cascais was under the rule of Sintra, a huge fire would be lit here annually to remind the people of Cascais that the Moorish Castle is there to protect them.

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Soul Food

Vegan, halal, parve, satvic and ital food made using all natural and fresh ingredients (they strive for local); no artificial foods or GMO. Sugar free, gluten free, nut free, soy free, and raw options. Has outdoor seating. Cash only but ATM close by. WiFi free.

EAT   —  +351 211976517 —  Map

China Palace

Right next to the railway station there is a cheap and tasty Chinese restaurant. But the best part is that they make very fast take away. Just ask for the 2 minute take away, it's not on the menu, but they will make it just for you!

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Casa do Miradouro

The Lambregts Family is very pleased to let you enjoy the pleasure of spending your holiday in the beautiful Casa Miradouro. The lady of the house Charlotte will make your stay very comfortable and unforgettable.

SLEEP   —  +351 21 910 71 00 —  Map

Oh Casa Sintra

This townhouse is set back from the main tourist street amidst the leafy mansions of São Miguel. A pocketful of rooms within walking distance from the historic center.

SLEEP   —  +351 218 058 356 —  Map

Maggie's Tea Spot

Does wonderful tea (from the Mariage Frères) with friendly pleasant staff. It's fairly new. Sign their wall too.

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Elétrico de Sintra

On the web page, click the link "''Horário e preços''" under the photo for schedule and prices.

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