"Another must is the out-of-town visit to Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage site less than half an hour from Lisbon. A lot of out-of-towners come here to take in the sights of the Moorish Castle and the National Palace of Sintra, just to name a few. This town is like a scene from a fairytale, and even with all the rain during the time of my visit, I couldn't help but feel like I was walking through the pages of a storybook. You can drive (though it can be really difficult to park and a bit congested) or take a train from Lisbon. Of course, the tour offers a comfortable coach and driver, so you don't have to worry about any of those details."
"Aah! this was an amazing moment for us. Aarit (3 years at the time) got really friend with Miguel, who with his unbridled enthusiasm spent a great amount of time with him. Miguel was one of our tour guides (We Hate Tourism Tours) and was quirky and a lot of fun..
Aarit and he had great conversations about cars (his favorite being the Fokk-swah-gun)..
For one of the very few times I could see Aarit with teary eyes when our whole-day tour got over.
Its amazing how and where we find the human connections that last us a lifetime.. Thank you Miguel!"
"This place may not be on many packaged Sintra tours, but is a must see! Gardens, castles, wells, underground labyrinths... it's part natural wonder, part fever dream. Bring a flashlight to get through the catacombs."
"..at Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra, Portugal.
The entire garden of this palace is full of secret passages and hidden entrances and labyrinths. Built by a 19th century Portuguese millionaire who was entranced by stories of Templars and secret societies. Fun for kids too. They even give you a small flashlight when you enter the gardens."