Sintra and its mystical hills dotted with fairytale palaces and extravagant villas have bewitched visitors for centuries. It is indeed an extraordinary place with a surreal mixture of history and fantasy, protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Its fairytale palaces, incredible vistas, and notable museum collections make it a destination you should make the effort to see, especially if you visit Lisbon.

It is easy to reach from the capital, just a 30-minute drive on the IC19 highway, although taking the train is really the best option.

Surrounding the palace is the mystical Pena Park, filled with a variety of trees and exotic plants from the former colonies of the Portuguese empire, ponds, fountains, and black swans.

It’s the must-do day trip and, if time’s not an issue, has enough allure to keep you there for several days.

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