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A Quick Tip by Sharrie

  • Apr 26, 2011
This is a special city for me because it's where I first met my online friend Armando who's an archaeologist. Armando was the most hospitable online friend I've had and unfortunately due to a work accident he left us back then in May 2006. Nonetheless, Armando represents the best of Portugal and my stay in the country has been phenomenal due to him and the friendly people of Portugal. Another Portuguese (online friend as well) I met in Poland is Robert and he helped me a great deal during my stay in Poland. Robert is both an excellent photographer and writer!
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I'm a traveler at heart & have been nicknamed Travel Queen by friends & colleagues alike. Traveling has been my life passion for the last decade or so. As we enter a new decade, I'm excited … more
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Sintra (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈsĩtɾɐ]) is a town in Sintra Municipality in Portugal, located in the Grande Lisboa subregion and the Lisbon Region. The town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site on account of its 19th century Romantic architecture. It has a population of c. 33,000 inhabitants.

Sintra has become a major tourist attraction, with many day-trippers visiting from nearby Lisbon. Attractions include the fabulous Pena Palace (19th c.) and the castle Castelo dos Mouros (8th or 9th century, reconstructed in the 19th century) with a breath-taking view of the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, and the summer residence of the kings of Portugal Palácio Nacional de Sintra (largely 15th/16th century), in the town itself. The Sintra Mountain Range, one of the largest parks in the Lisbon area, (Serra de Sintra) is also a major tourist attraction.

In 1809 Lord Byron wrote to his friend Francis Hodgson, "I must just observe that the village of Cintra in Estremadura is the most beautiful in the world."

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