Sintra – The aristocratic paradise

Sintra is the place that became famous with the arrival of the richest European families who lived here to build their palatial houses, along with the various palaces that the different Portuguese kings built in Sintra.

Its microclimate that makes its vegetation green and from all over the world, survive naturally which provides time travel.

Between the mountains and the sea, this “buffer” of natural origin, which creates this natural atmosphere, right next to Cabo da Roca the westernmost part of continental Europe, the end of the world in medieval times.

Among its narrow streets and countless craft shops, we will find Quinta da Regaleira, a private palace built in the century. XIX, although it may seem older, rich in Masonic symbology or even the palace of Seteais, from the  century. XVIII today transformed into a hotel.

At the highest point, the Palacio da Pena, a fanciful and revivalist reconstitution, I like the 19th century romanticism, which is all due to the passion and imagination of the artist king D. Fernando de Saxe-Coburgo Gotha, consort of D. Maria II.

Like other places in Portugal,  has its own sweets, where Sintra “travesseiro” and/or queijada stand out, both of which can be found in Piriquita, one of the oldest patisseries in Sintra or in any other spot near by.

On a visit to Sintra, we can still appreciate Cascais, a friendly fishing village, transformed into luxury resorts nowadays.

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