29 km (18 miles) NW of Lisbon £ @ Avenida Dr Miguel Bombarda; bus 434 runs from station to all the major sights n Praça da República 23; 219 231 157

Sintra’s stunning setting on the north slopes of the granite Serra made it a favourite summer retreat for the kings of Portugal – resulting in the construction of a number of quirkily spectacular palaces. Today, the town (recognized as a UNESCO Cultural Landscape Site in 1995) draws thousands of visitors all through the year. Nevertheless, many quiet walks can be found in the beautiful surrounding wooded hills.

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