Sintra is one of the main touristic destinations for travelers going to Lisbon and wishing to explore the surroundings areas. Less than an hour's distance by car or train from central Lisbon, Sintra is a place that allows you to daydream about traveling back in time, to an era where royals had a luxurious lifestyle in the castles and luscious forest surroundings that now attract visitors to the beautiful city of Sintra.
The hills of Sintra have been classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and not only do they attract a lot of international visitors each year, but they are also a weekend favorite for people living in Lisbon and suburban areas. It's an ideal place to walk around the old town, visit royal castles (such as the particularly famous Palacio da Pena), explore the Moorish walls, and do nature treks in the forest areas around town. Typical Sintra sweets are another popular touristic attraction and you will easily find large queues of people wanting to score some "travesseiros" from Pastelaria Piriquita. This pastry shop is a Sintra institution, selling their products as what they really are -- hot cakes!
Although many visit Sintra as a day trip from Lisbon, others decide to stay overnight to soak up the feeling of the place -- there are several Sintra hostel options, mostly located in the old town. As most people are concentrated downtown, it's really easy to find places and go around without much room to get lost! No matter where you are in Sintra, the place is beautiful and will tend to look like something out of a fairly tale!
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