Sintra is a town filled with such magic and mystery… Here, man and nature have worked in perfect symbiosis and this is perhaps why UNESCO has classified Sintra as a World Heritage Site. Visiting Sintra is like traveling back in time. We’ll visit two of its monuments as an example of Romanticism in Portugal, both exuberant in several ways. We’ll wander through Sintra’s narrow streets, absorbing the picturesque village in a different way. Cascais and Sintra will be on our way back and you will enjoy the views from the Marginal.
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We will drive to Sintra, a village full of mysterious magic, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Then we will go through the historic center with its landmark buildings and palaces. Surrounded by its lushious green scenario, we will drive up to Pena Palace, built on the ridge of Serra de Sintra with clear Manueline and Moorish influences. The palace was built in such a way as to be visible from any point in the park, which consists of a forest and luxuriant gardens with over five hundred different species of trees originating from all over the world.
While you’re walking the narrow streets of Sintra, you will realize why Sintra is regarded as one of the most romantic destinations in Portugal. This is where kings and queens have fallen in love and where writers and poets, such as Lord Byron, have noted its beauty in their works.
In the afternoon, we will visit one of the most beautiful architectural and landscape Romantic creations in Portugal: the Park and Palace of Monserrate, unique representatives of 19th century eclecticism. The Palace combines gothic and Indian influences as well as Moorish suggestions together with exotic and plant motifs which are harmoniously extended to the exterior.”
Cascais and Estoril are next on our itinerary, as we drive next to the beautiful beach of Guincho until we reach Cascais, a former fishing village that became the destiny of royalty in the 19th century. You’ll notice Estoril’s cosmopolitan and sophisticated atmosphere and architecture.
Finally, we will take the Marginal – considered one of the most beautiful roads in Europe – next to the ocean until it enters the Tagus river estuary and back into Lisbon.