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Sintra, located further inland, is named after the mountainous range that stretches away behind the town. Standing proud on a outcropping of these slopes, Sintra's most famous landmark, Palácio da Pena, makes its majesty felt. Its pastel fairy-tale rampart is a bizarre concoction of different styles of architecture that towers over the lower town at 529 meters high.

The whole region is listed as a World Heritage site, under a specially created category of 'cultural landscape', incorporating not only the historic town but also the area's beautiful parkland. Pena Park houses the Queen's garden, filled with plant species from all over the world, while the Sintra Cascais National Park encompasses some of Portugal's most unspoilt wilderness.

The town itself is a charming centre, residing very much in the shadow of its historic monuments, which apart from Pena include the National Palace, a Moorish castle and Capuchos convent. Exploring the town you might stumble across the Iberian Peninsula's oldest hotel and one time retreat of Lord Byron, Lawrence's Hotel. It was during his stay here that Byron immortalised Sinstra as a 'glorious Eden'.

Top places to stay in Sintra

Tivoli Palácio de Seteais, Sintra

Grand & elegant hotel from £925 pp incl. flights

Step back to the indulgence of Portugal’s aristocratic past with the Tivoli Palácio’s fresco-framed ballrooms, tapestry-furnished rooms and stunning grounds, complete with mazes and swimming pools.

Penha Longa Resort, Sintra

Contemporary resort from £595 pp incl. flights

A sleek and contemporary resort with a fine-dining restaurant and a host of leisure facilities set amid 300 acres of lush gardens near Portugal's Estoril coast.

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Our favourite Portugal routes through Lisbon, Madeira & the Azores

Every year on 10th June, Portugal celebrates its annual national holiday, Portugal Day. In honour, we’ve picked our favourite routes through Portugal to immerse yourself in the historic pousadas, cobblestone villages and world-class gastronomy of this Iberian gem.

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