Sintra is both a town and a municipality in Portugal, located in the district of Lisbon. The town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site on account of its 19th century Romantic architecture.
It has become a major tourist attraction, with many day-trippers visiting from nearby Lisbon. Attractions include the fabulous Pena Palace (19th c.) and the Castelo dos Mouros (reconstructed 19th c.) with a breath-taking view of the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, and the summer residence of the kings of Portugal Palácio Nacional de Sintra (largely 15th/16th c.), in the town itself. The Sintra Mountain Range, one of the largest parks in the Lisbon area, (Serra de Sintra) is also a major tourist attraction.
Trains leave every 20 minutes from Rossio train station in Lisbon for the 30 minute ride making it a perfect day trip. From the train station a touris bus also runs approximately every 20 minutes that will take you to the top of the hill to see the Castel and Pena Palace making it an easy city to navigate.
Not only is the castle beautiful, it is at such a high elevation that it allows the tourist a spectacular view of Portugal
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