# Many foreigners consider Lisbon a romantic city. However, locals (like me) would pick Sintra as probably the most appropriate destination for the Valentine’s day celebrations.
# Located about 30km from Lisbon, Sintra has seduced poets and artists, but specially kings and couples, throughout the centuries. Known for its palaces and gardens, its mysticism and charm, my image of Sintra relates to a fairytale city center, thanks to the cobblestone streets taken by the horse-drawn carriages.
# Another of my favorite local landmarks is the classic tram that departs from the city center to the Praia das Maçãs beach, in a 45 minutes journey that goes through a dreamy vegetation made of vines, orchards and a beautiful collection of trees.
# And it is so special to feel the unique microclimate that is, itself, a symbol of Sintra: usually the town is wrapped in fog and mist that reveals each of its details as something occult, esoteric!
# In your visit to Sintra look at the mountains and try to discover the colorful Pena Palace and the fortification of the Moorish Castle. Free your senses in Quinta da Regaleira, with its gardens and the magic ‘initiation well’, composed by a spiral staircase that descends into the ground.
#The well-known poet Lord Byron was in Sintra and wrote in ‘Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage’:
“Lo! Cintra’s glorious Eden intervenes
In variegated maze of mount and glen.
Ah me! what hand can pencil guide, or pen,
To follow half on which the eye dilates
Through views more dazzling unto mortal ken
Than those whereof such things the bard relates,
Who to the awe-struck world unlocked Elysium’s gates?”
# It’s so easy to fall in love in Sintra! Happy Valentine’s day!
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