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Ken, In brief the trip was outstanding—flawless in terms of execution by you and your team.  Rosalia was a remarkable guide in Burgos with fantastic knowledge and passion about the area and the Cathedral.  She kept a group of very cri...

Kenneth Saag, Birmingham, AL, USA
2019-06-12

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Less than 30 minuntes from Lisbon, Sintra offers a dazzling array of palaces and castles. It was awarded World Heritage status in 1995 but has been captivating civilians, writers and royals for centuries.

Sintra’s first palace was built by John I in the late 14th century – the cool breeze in the hills being preferable for the monarch when the temperatures rose in the capital. By the time English poet and founding father of the Romantic Movement, Lord Byron was in town, the area played host to much of Lisbon’s nobility. Byron was entranced by Sintra’s magical and romantic qualities.

For your visit, we recommend you arrive early with walking shoes to handle the cobbles and the (at times) steep walkways that weave through the lush countryside. As you visit each palace you’ll be struck how each seems to outdo its predecessor. We recommend not missing the palaces of Pena, Quinta & Monserrate.

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