Sintra is a delightful Portuguese town that is situated within the hills of the Serra de Sintra. Hidden within these pine covered hills are extravagant palaces, opulent mansions and the ruins of an ancient castle.
The variety of fascinating historic buildings and enthralling attractions, combine to form a fantastic tourist destination. Sintra is regarded as the best day trip from Lisbon, and a visit to this wonderful town must be included in your holiday plans.
This article will provide an introduction to Sintra, by answering some of the common tourist questions, and offering links to further in-depth guides.
Cascais is a traditional and charming Portuguese fishing town, which is situated on the beautiful Lisbon coastline. Historically, Cascais was the summer retreat of the Portuguese nobility, and today the town is an elegant fusion of decorative 19th-century architecture and modern tourist facilities.
Cascais is a joy to explore as a day trip from Lisbon, and within the cobbled streets of the historic centre are lavish mansions, an imposing fort and fascinating museums. For a holiday, Cascais is the Lisbon coastline’s premier holiday destination, combining an authentic Portuguese experience with glorious beaches and a buzzing holiday atmosphere.
Cabo da Roca
Cabo da Roca is a wild and rugged headland that marks the most westerly point of mainland Europe. The windswept cliffs of Cabo de Roca were believed to be the edge of the world up until the up until the late 14th century and the spectacular, desolate scenery adds to the allure of the location. The raging Atlantic Ocean waves pound the base of the massive jagged cliffs while challenging hiking trails follow the coastal paths.
The isolated atmosphere of Cabo da Roca is enhanced by the very limited development in the area; there is a lighthouse, coffee shop and gift shop but nothing much else. This wind blasted and dramatic landscape is the attraction and this is what most visitors expect for the western edge Europe or end of the world.
Óbidos Once the wedding present to a Queen, the preserved medieval town of Óbidos lying 80 km north of Lisbon is, without doubt, one of Portugal’s most interesting walled settlements. When strolling along the maze of narrow cobbled streets of Óbidos, at each step, one comes upon vestiges of different civilizations.
From the hidden corners and high walled gardens of the old medina area to the gothic, Renaissance and Baroque features, the Town is an extensive work of art carved, destroyed and rebuilt throughout many centuries.
Besides its material heritage, Óbidos is full of historical tradition is today one of the main jewels of the country. Welcome to Óbidos!