Sam Sparrow of As the Sparrow Flies writes about Sintra in Portugal, a place I visited last year. It was raining and there was zero parking and it was a frustrating experience. Although we eventually found a dodgy park in a churchyard and had a wonderful meal in a nearby tavern, we didn’t get to see the main sights. So we’re going back next year on a proper tour. In the meantime, Sam’s excellent post on the place will have to do.
Sintra wasn’t on the agenda when we booked and planned our trip to Lisbon earlier this year. We were there for just shy of four days, and with so much to see in Lisbon itself, I’d dismissed out of hand the chance to visit Sintra this time. But the more we explored Lisbon and spoke to local walking tour guides about our trip, the more we realised that we couldn’t pass up an opportunity to visit this mysterious and magical place.