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A few kilometers from Lisbon is a mysterious village of the 19th century that became one of the cultural capitals of Europe. Sintra is known for its wet weather and fog. The beautiful monuments and palaces of the romantic era and a large cluster of trees and plants from around the world make Sintra one of the most romantic places in Portugal.

The Atlantic right besides and the dense vegetation makes the climate of Sintra be special and unpredictable. The fog and shade make the village mysterious and not even the rain keeps the tours away from the narrow streets of the historical center or along the roads lined with trees that lead to several monuments. History tells us that the Moors were in the territory between the 8th and 12th centuries, remaining from their presence you’ll see the Castle and the National Palace which has two chimneys (although both have undergone major changes over time). It was D. Fernando, "the Artist King" that transformed Sintra, in the 19th century into a symbol of Romanticism. The Pena Palace owes its construction to this king - once a convent - a park of 200 hectares was also created, with over a thousand trees and plants that came from all around the world. Thanks to the king to Sintra came several artists from across the globe. Lord Byron, Robert Southey, Eca de Queiroz, and Alexandre Herculano are some of the figures who toured the village and made it famous. It is worthwhile to also visit the Quinta da Regaleira, the Park and Palace, Monserrate, the Palace of Seteais and its gardens. Taste the typical desserts: queijadas and travesseiros.

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