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Sintra

(4.2/5 based on 26,000+ reviews for top 30 attractions)
Things to do: sightseeing, historic sites, beaches
Surrounded by rolling hills and old mansions and castles, Sintra has become known as the first center of the European Romantic style. Home to Portugal's royalty, the town boasts several palaces and parks, making it a destination for lovers of architecture, gardens, and history. Its famous 19th-century monuments and buildings have made Sintra a World Heritage Site, in addition to being a popular tourist destination for Portuguese and foreign travelers. Take a look at our Portugal itinerary planner to refine the details of your trip to Sintra.
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For quick and easy access to Sintra's array of authentic buildings and historical sites, stay in the town's World Heritage-listed center perched atop a hill. By staying in the midst of the action, you'll be within walking distance of most of the town's main sights and you'll avoid the challenging parking situation that day-trippers and those staying further outside of the city face. For a real authentic experience, check into one of the many small boutique hotels, guesthouses, or hostels tucked in among the city's winding streets and 19th-century architecture, many of which sit high on the rugged slope near the national palace in mainly residential areas.
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