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Area (sq km): 91,950
Population: 10,524,145
Nationality: Portuguese
Local Name: Portugal
Language: Portuguese,
Mirandese
Time Zone: GMT
Currency: 1 euro = 100 cents
Rate: www.xe.com
Capital: Lisbon
Dialling Code: +351
Electricity: 220V/50Hz
Internet Code: .pt
Religion: Roman Catholic,
Protestant
Climate: Mediterranean,
Maritime
Government: Parliamentary Democracy
Inoculations: None
Driving: Right
Int'l License: Not Required
Banking: M-F 8.30-15.00
Major Airports: Faro(FAO),
Lisbon(LIS),
Madeira(FNC),
Porto(OPO)

Visit Sintra from villas in Portugal

Once described by Byron as the most pleasing town in Europe, Sintra is indeed a beautiful old town, located in the west of Portugal, north of Lisbon. Sintra has the Serra de Sintra Mountains and the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean as a background, making it a stunning location for Portugal holidays. Holidaymakers staying in villas in Portugal have favoured Sintra not only in the summer for its beaches and watersports, but also in the winter for its breathtaking scenery.

Sintra, Portugal
Sintra, Portugal

Castelo dos Mouros

Adding to all that natural beauty, Sintra also has archaeological remains from the Roman period and some impressive historical buildings. Some of the historical buildings in Sintra, which are definitely worth visiting from villas in Portugal are the Castelo dos Mouros, built by the Moors during the 8th Century AD, situated high up on the Serra de Sintra.

Castelo dos Pena

Also the Castelo da Pena, located on the Serra de Sintra is a stunning medieval palace. The Royal Palace in the Chao de Oliva region and the National Palace are both beautiful examples of various types of architecture.

Beaches in Sintra

Sintra has been blessed with golden sandy beaches of a high quality, with clean waters and wonderful views provided by its majestic cliffs. Some beautiful photographic prints have been taken in this region. One of the beaches in Sintra that so many visitors love is Adraga Beach, located between two protective hills.

Praia Grande is one of the beaches in Sintra famous for its watersports like body-boarding. Some even call it the Portuguese capital of watersports. Nearby is Praia Pequeno (small beach) and Ursa, a lovely and clean small beach, very popular with nudists.

Restaurants in Sintra

The holidaymakers will be very pleased to find such a good selection of restaurants in Sintra. In the restaurants in Sintra, apart from the traditional Portuguese fare, one can also find fast food and international food. The restaurant in the Palacio da Pena serves delicious Portuguese food with a French touch, and the Seteais serves fine Portuguese cuisine in an elegant dining room.

For excellent Japanese food in Sintra, there is The Midori, and last but not least, the Restaurant/Bar Adega de Caves, is a popular place among the locals, especially at lunch time. Take your time from villas in Portugal and enjoy the quiet wonder of Sintra on your Portugal holidays.

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