Sintra is an incandescent illustration ripped from a book of myths and legends. Vibrant green hills undulate like gentle waves, harbouring dense forests and mystical woodland. From the side of pristine and pastel palaces, exotic gardens unfurl like cats upon a rug, and the prominent towers of fairy tale castles protrude from the folds of luxuriant hills. Sintra’s status as an Eden-like expanse of exoticism has inspired musicians and artists to translate its beguiling beauty into song and sketch; after a mere glimpse of this colourful confection, visitors are sure to feel similarly enriched and enamoured with Sintra.
The city boasts a plethora of palaces so sublime that owning just one would make a city stunning and special. Undoubtedly the most famous and arguably the most fabulous is Palacia Nacional de Pena, an eclectic amalgamation of onion domes, confectionary colours and regal extravagance. Then interior competes even with the exterior for the title of most decadently dazzling design with its kitsch and kaleidoscopic decoration and precious porcelain. This unique structure should be agt the height of any Portuguese plan.
In special Sintra style, the town’s principal museum is a colourful and compelling collection of the world’s toys. The Museo de Brinquedo boasts an incredible private collection that comprises of almost 20,000 artefacts; the eclectic collection ranges from 3000 Egyptian counters to glamorous Barbie Dolls.
Hailed as the town’s most elegant and exquisite eatery, Nau Palatina impresses diners with its superb service and incredible traditional treats. Tapas style dishes encompass the finest Portuguese ingredients and make the most of the ocean’s close proximity; signature specialities include crispy squid, grilled shri8mp and creamy cheese sourced from local farms.( Calcada de S. Pedro 18, Sintra, Portugal)