One of the shining examples of Romantic architectural design in all of Europe, the city of Sintra has enchanted visitors for hundreds of years. Lord Byron wrote sonnets about the lush, green hills and the beauty of the manors that dot the landscape. For many people who grew up viewing Portugal`s landmarks in picture books, the castles and palaces of Sintra come to mind in vivid color.
In 1995, UNESCO named Sintra one of their `World Heritage Cultural Landscape`-designated cities. Not only do Portuguese tourists flock here, millions of people from around the world do too. Situated in Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, such storied buildings as Sintra National Palace, the Palace of Pena, Quinta da Regaleira, Seteais Palace, and the Palace of Monserrate (just to name a few!) never fail to leave visitors in absolute awe.
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