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    Picture perfect Sintra - Portugal

    Pic by HikeNow, text by Tania Rijo Picture-Perfect Sintra

    Sintra is a town just north of Lisbon, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its Romantic architecture that Sintra main square and tourist centredates back to the 19th century. It is a real gem for tourists who enjoy taking photographs and making their friends and colleagues at work blush with envy.

    Incredible Pena Palace and the Moor Castle in Sintra

    Photographs of the incredible Pena Palace and the Moor Castle overlooking the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park just cannot fail to astound. The centre of the town and the summer house of the Portuguese kings are beautiful examples of the grandeour of the glory days of Portugal, when its Empire extended to Asia, Africa and South America.

    Replete with traditional restaurants, the town center draws many tourists who usually spend an afternoon there as an excursion out of Lisbon. The trains from Lisbon are fast and modern and bus connections to the top of the hill where the Moor Castle lies are frequent and convenient.

    Sintra tourist centre with restaurants  - Portugal Moorish castle with wall - Sintra Portugal Sintra da Pena oalace from Moorish castle - Portugal The Quinta da Regaleira - Sintra is a unique monument Stroll along narrow streets of Sintra - Portugal Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra with 27 metre deep well, resembles an inverted tower - Portugal

     

    The Castelo dos Mouros - SintraThe first time I visited Sintra I truly felt as if I had gone to Disneyland. Only this time the castles were real! Sitting in a typical "tasca" (something like a Portguese pub), observing the characters around me and the chalets on the hill, my friend turned to me and said, "The fairy tales they told us when we were kids were true."

    I could not have described the feeling better. A picture is worth a thousand words and your own pictures of Sintra will be some of the best you have ever taken, there are no two ways about it. See for yourself at http://portugalimagens.blogspot.com