The first I’d heard of Sintra was just before the summer holidays at Cambridge University when a group of us were heading out to Lisbon for a 4 day weekend to celebrate multiple friend’s birthdays and a classmate of mine at Cambridge suggested visiting Sintra. Initially, I was a bit unsure – after all, this was my first time visiting Lisbon and as expected, there’s so much to see and do in Lisbon that I assumed I just wouldn’t get round to spending enough time in Lisbon let alone head off somewhere else. Then I got to know more about Sintra and I understood almost instantly why Sintra is a place you needs to visit in Portugal as soon as you get the chance to. Here are the 8 reasons why a trip to Sintra is a definite must-do!

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1.) The castle is a glorious technicolour beauty!
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2.) That forest looks like something out of a fairytale! Like seriously, how stunning is this?
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3.) The old Moorish castle walls are pretty darn impressive!
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4.) Praia da Ursa: That beach! Just look at that beach!
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5.) It has Quinta da Regaleira, a UNESCO World Heritage site which spans for ages and is perhaps one of the most beautiful grounds across the land to spend an afternoon…
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6.) The (ominously named) initiation well is absolutely spectacular.
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7.) The villages are so picturesque and everything you would dream a Portuguese village would be.
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8.) The lake (like the forest) looks like something out of a fairytale. It seems like one of those paintings that you never expect to exist in real life (but here it is….)
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