Sintra is a charming Portuguese town situated within the hills of the Serra de Sintra north of Lisbon. Glad to have seen this place, but a little touristy for my liking.
Hidden among its majestic pine forest, you will discover whimsical palaces, extravagant villas and the ruins of a 10th-century Moorish castle.
The Palácio Nacional da Pena – One of Europe's finest palaces, with a vividly painted exterior, and an interior restored to how it appeared in 1910 when the Portuguese nobility fled the country.
The Quinta da Regaleira – A neo-gothic mansion, but the real attraction are the gardens, which conceal secret passages, mystical symbolism and even a Knights of Templar initiation well.
Monserrate Palace – An Arabian inspired villa with intricate latticework stone carving and tranquil gardens