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!
2.) That forest looks like something out of a fairytale! Like seriously, how stunning is this?
3.) The old Moorish castle walls are pretty darn impressive!
4.) Praia da Ursa: That beach! Just look at that beach!
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…
6.) The (ominously named) initiation well is absolutely spectacular.
7.) The villages are so picturesque and everything you would dream a Portuguese village would be.
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….)