Sintra, Portugal

Sintra, Portugal

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Even Adam and Eve would admire this Portuguese paradise

Nestled in the foothills of Portugal's Sintra Mountains, this resort town has a long history of being loved by the elite. Foreign travelers and Portuguese aristocrats went nuts for the place throughout the 19th century and, as a result, its terrain is packed with whimsical, brightly colored villas and palaces. Travelers come to walk the winding streets of the historic center, explore the rolling green hills that surround the town, and tour the castles, museums, and ruins. Sintra vacation rentals allow visitors to see for themselves why poet Lord Byron called the town a "glorious Eden."

Guided or not, your Sintra tour will be scintillating

You can lead yourself on an independent tour of Sintra, since the architectural and cultural sights are well-staffed and public transport runs smoothly. If you prefer the insight of a local expert, however, guided tours are frequent and popular, especially during the summer. Speaking of summer, June and July is when Sintra hosts some of the nation's greatest performers at its music and dance festival. If you miss the mid-summer festivities, don't worry. You'll have more time to visit celebrated palaces, shop cobblestone streets, or take a horse-drawn carriage ride.

Ruined or well-preserved, these castles are breathtaking

One of Sintra's many claims to fame is the Palacio Nacional de Sintra, a Moorish masterpiece with twin chimneys, ostentatious courtyards, and twisting columns. It's quite impressive, but don't dawdle. You can't afford to miss the Palacio Nacional da Pena, either. This wildly colorful example of 19th-century romanticism will make lovers swoon and kids feel lost in a fairy-tale, thanks to bright onion domes, stone snakes, and extravagant interiors. For something further off the beaten path, hike to Castelo dos Mouros, a 10th-century ruined castle perched high on a hill and offering vistas of land and sea below.

Stupendous sunshine and seductive shoulder seasons

Sintra's climate is slightly different from that of nearby Lisbon because of its high elevation and proximity to the ocean. Summers are hot, with temps in the 80s, but travelers are comforted by cooling sea breezes. If you don't mind busy streets and a blazing sun, Sintra vacation rentals are a safe bet in July or August. Many visitors say spring and autumn are perfect, as temperatures dip into the 60s and 70s and crowds thin out. Weather is cooler, wetter, and less predictable in winter, but warm, sunny days are still common.

A park for hikers, rock climbers, and surfer dudes

If not everyone is satisfied with the most beguiling castles on the Iberian Peninsula (there's always someone), fortunately the town is set within the Parque Natural de Sintra-Cascais, a national park that will please the nature lovers in your party. Its lush forests, climbing rocks, and mountain trails lead west to the region's dramatic coastline, full of huge cliffs and wide beaches popular with surfers and sunbathers. Sintra vacation rentals will also be close to the Parque de Monserrate, which features wooded hillsides next to the Palacio de Monserrate. Here, you'll find weeping cypress, dragon trees, and Himalayan rhododendrons.