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2710 Sintra, Portugal

A Fairy-Tale Land: Sintra

Sintra is every storybook fairy tale that you've ever seen or imagined, brought to life.

After a 45-minute train ride from Lisbon, you are transported to a land of times past: an entire city in the hills filled with castles, moats, palaces, winding turrets, and mystical gardens.

Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site because of its multitude of historical buildings, it also has a modern population of Portuguese who are justifiably proud to call Sintra home.

Sintra can easily be a day trip, but I recommend staying at least two nights. Enjoy the cafes and take the time to stroll through the castles and gardens. Trust me: Once you get here, you won't want to leave.