“The Portuguese fairy tale” and an object of thousands of declarations of love, Sintra is one of Lonely Planet’s 101 Wonders of the World, the world’s largest travel guide publisher.

‘Wonders of the World’ is a 368-page paper and online edition that features “101 wonderful landscapes”, hoping to serve as inspiration for 2020 travels.

Between the attractions are also suggestion such as the Great Wall of China, the Egyptian Pyramids and Kilimanjaro Mountain, in Tanzania. The next edition of the book is scheduled for 2024.

“101 Wonders of the World” Lonely Planey’s Cover

“With its rippling mountains, dewy forests thick with ferns and lichen, exotic gardens and glittering palaces, Sintra is like a page torn from a fairy tale. Its Unesco World Heritage-listed centre, Sintra-Vila, is dotted with pastel-hued manors folded into luxuriant hills that roll down to the blue Atlantic.”

Lonely Planet reinforces that Sintra’s views are breathtaking and one of the reasons why the Portuguese village deserves to be present in this edition. 

Sintra’s views are breathtaking and really worth a visit!

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In addition, it also refers that the town is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lonely Planet highlights, with “exotic gardens and gleaming palaces” such as Pena and Quinta da Regaleira, but also with historic houses, views from the Mountain and the ruins of the Moorish Castle.

Located within the hills Serra de Sintra, Sintra is a delightful Portuguese town, hidden within these pine-covered hills and extravagant palaces, opulent mansions and the ruins of an ancient castle. ´

The variety of fascinating historic buildings and enthralling attractions offers a fantastic tourist destination, waiting to be explored.

A Romantic Getaway and a Full day Trip to a Magic Realm

Sintra is often one of the planned trips when in Lisbon, with a visit to the wonderful town and historical sites, like Palácio Nacional da Pena, one of Europe’s finest palaces with a quirky and vividly painted exterior and a recovered rich interior, simulating and reflecting the decorations in 1910 Surrounding the Palace are forested grounds, creating an atmosphere of Romanticism, with hidden pathways, mystical ornaments and stunning views. 

You can also explore Palácio Nacional de Sintra, a gothic palace, boasting an extensive history and ornately painted ceilings that can’t be missed. Quinta da Regaleira and the Moorish Castles are also suggestions we strongly recommend!

You can plan a full day trip to see all the magnificent places in Sintra, we are sure you won’t regret.

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Sintra’s Views by Katia De Juan on Unsplash
Sintra Palace details by Katia De Juan on Unsplash
Monserrate Palace by Alberto Frías on Unsplash
Pena Palace by Julia Solonina on Unsplash
Pena Palace Landscape by Jean Carlo Emer on Unsplash
Sintra Castle by Julia Solonina on Unsplash