A true gem not to be missed by anyone visiting Lisbon Coast is the fascinating town of Sintra, a major Portuguese tourist attraction and a UNESCO Word Heritage Site described by Lord Byron as “Glorious Eden”. The romantic quaint town is just 40 minutes away from Lisbon, surrounded by steep mountains and lush forests and boasting numerous palaces, the oldest of which is Sintra National Palace, built by the Moors in the 10th century and used by the Moorish sultans as summer residence.
Situated on a hill overlooking the town is the Castle of the Moors, offering a magnificent view of the town, National Park and the Atlantic coast. The town offers a range of attractions for visitors of all ages – a variety of restaurants offering fine Portuguese cuisine, a few bars, a Toy Museum and an extensive variety of traditional Portuguese pottery and souvenirs that make excellent gifts.
- Currency: Euro (€)
- Glass of Coca Cola: € 1 - € 1.50
- Bottle of Beer: € 1 - € 3
- Bottle of Wine: From € 6
- 3 Course meal: € 10 - € 20
- Time Difference is GMT: GMT (Irish time)
- Airports: Lisbon (LIS)
- Flight duration: Lisbon approx. 2h 30mins
- Transfer time: 35 minutes
- Languages: Portuguese. Many people speak English
- Climate: Mediterranean climate with long dry summers in the South, Mediterranean-Maritime climate in the North and Subtropical climate in the islands of Madeira and the Azores
- Voltage: 230V A/C, sockets outlets and sockets Type F 2 pin and Type C 2 pin are used
- Visa (Irish citizens): No
- Passport: EU citizens travelling to Portugal must have an up-to-date passport valid for travel three months beyond the date of return
- Vaccinations: Tetanus is recommended - please consult your GP.
- Opening hours: Normally the shops generally open Monday to Saturday between 9am to 1pm & 3pm to 6pm or 7pm. In most of the tourist areas, shops and supermarkets remain open until late
- These prices are given as a guide only.