Sintra, a fairy tale place
Sintra is part of the list of the 26 Real Places That Look Like They’ve Been Taken Out of Fairy Tales that has just been published by the international site BuzzFeed.
For me, Sintra is one of the most magical places on Earth. For the last years, the international press has got really excited with this UNESCO World Heritage village.
So, what makes Sintra so special? I could talk about the unique architecture or the natural richness, the beautiful palaces, the amazing history and even the delicious typical cakes. I can mention the esoteric ambiance and all the mysteries connected with it. But there is really something there that is not easy explain. Something that has inspired poets, artists, queen, kings and intellectuals from all over the world.
Lord Byron called it “the glorious Eden”. Composer Richard Strauss was surprised. “Today is the happiest day of my life. I know Italy, Sicily, Greece and Egypt, and I have never seen anything, anything, to match the Pena. It is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. This is the true Garden of Klingsor and there, up above, is the Castle of the Holy Grail”, we wrote.
The good news is that Sintra is just 30 minutes from Lisbon. If you have some days in Lisbon, save one to visit Sintra. It will be worth it. The place is so rich that you will have, of course, to make choices about what to visit, but I am pretty sure you will end your busy day feeling inspired.
Your Friend in Lisbon offers Private Chauffeured Tours to Sintra. We are very passionate about Sintra and we have been discovering a lot of its secrets for several years now. So, we know the best itineraries and attractions to visit, always with a very time efficient plan.
With us, you see more, with more comfort – we only work with luxury vehicles and we will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel. You will always be with a guide that takes you to the most interesting places to tell you about the history, show you the details and offer you the context that will transform your experience.
Being a licensed tour company, Your Friend in Lisbon will allow you to enter in the palaces and other attractions without having to wait in line.
Check the BuzzFeed list here.