Reviews & Notes about Sintra, Lisbon, Portugal

"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."

"While visiting Sintra, Portugal, we took a day trip out to Cabo da Roca. The 16th century Portuguese poet Luís de Camões described Cabo da Roca as the place "where the land ends and the sea begins". Without a doubt, it is one of the loveliest places I have ever been. One stands, devoid of warning signs and fences like we have everywhere in the USA, gazing straight down from the towering cliffs to the buttermilk, churn of the surf below."

"Cabo da Roca is the westernmost extent of mainland in Europe. Amazing sunsets here! Very windy so great for wind and kitesurfers! ps. Would love to leave a photo but somehow the function is not working on my tablet!"

"19 miles outside of Lisbon is the coastal town of Cascais. This fishing village was made famous by the royal family who established a vacation home there and frequented often during the 19th century and early 20th century. Before you arrive into the city center, you come across the rocky coast with the jaw-dropping views of the waters. Photography won't ever really capture how gorgeous this area is. I believe that this is one of those spots where you just have to allow yourself to breath and be to really take it in fully."

"Portugal's take on the Golden Gate Bridge. A little piece of San Francisco is here with me after all... Celebrating Natalia Rivero-Fernández's birthday in Belém, Lisboa."

"Torre de Belém (Belém Tower), a fortified tower near Lisboa, very nice! I have been there years ago, I remember all the details, including a strong wind. Photo's not mine"

Hotels at the centre of Sintra, Lisbon, Portugal