Sintra is a heavenly city situated on the famous Portuguese Riviera. It is a land of medieval castles, forts, and monuments that add to the beauty of its lush green valleys and landscapes. Sintra is undoubtedly the best tourist destination in Portugal and one of the most luxurious cities with a high cost of living. Nevertheless, the splendor of this legendary city is worth the expenses of a weeklong visit. My stay at Sintra was quite eventful as the cultural and historic wonders of the city kept me occupied for several days.
Castle of the Moors
If you have a liking for Fairytales, you should definitely come to the Castle of the Moors. The medieval castle sitting on a hilltop can mesmerize you with its dreamlike charm. As per the records, the castle was constructed during the 8th and the 9th centuries. The entire place is surrounded with gardens and there are creepers going up the limestone structures of the castle. The beauty of the location is beyond words. Also, you can see the entire city of Sintra from the hilltop.
Quinta Da Regaleira
One of the highlights of my Sintra tour was a visit to Quinta Da Regaleira, a popular architectural complex. The place houses a Moorish castle, which is nearly a century old. The castle is surrounded by ornate gardens and there are small caves and many hidden pathways to explore. Furthermore, the sight of waterfalls, stepping stones, and rivers make the place look all the more surreal. It is yet another World Heritage Centre that shouldn’t be missed at any cost.
National Palace of Pena
The National Palace of Pena and its park is a major tourist center in the city. A fairytale castle built on one of the hilltops of Sintra Mountains is the main attraction of the place. Here you can enjoy the breathtaking views from the hilltop and tour the entire castle. The place also preserves many 19th-century artifacts and decorative items that adorn the interiors of this imperial palace.