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Sintra the Fairy village where the Portuguese Kings rested before spending their holidays in Cascais


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Castelo dos Mouros - The photo was by Google search all rights to its author.

Sintra is a village located near Lisbon, I have always called it the Fairytale village.

The oldest form of the name, Suntria, points to the Indo-European luminous star or sun. It was named by Varro (Varro) and Columela as the Sacred Mount. Ptolemy recorded it as the Mountain of the Moon. Later, the Arab geographer Abu Ubaide Abdalá Albacri, in the 10th century, described Sintra as "permanently immersed in a mist that does not dissipate".

Its territory is very heterogeneous, with its coastal and northern parishes still of forest and rural characteristics, in contrast to the urbanized parishes in the south that have developed as a result of better accessibility and proximity to the capital. Of these, the IC16 and IC19, the Sintra Line and, to a lesser extent, the West Line stand out for their relevance.

The highest point in the municipality, which is also that of the metropolitan area, is in Pena, on the Serra de Sintra, and rises to 528 meters. Around it are platforms no higher than 200 meters, crossed by several streams that mark the landscape.

The town of Sintra is notable for its romantic architecture, resulting in its classification as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and has refused to be elevated to city status, despite being the seat of the second most populous Council in Portugal.


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Marta our driver guide from YourTuk.com [Photos kindly hosted by YourTuk]

I went to the Castelo dos Mouros (Moorish Castle), in a Tuk Tuk, driven by an excellent professional, Marta, who knew all the holes and imperfections of the serpentine road, so characteristic of the Sintra Mountains where, in the past, it was the delight of Rally drivers. Every hole was avoided, every bump was warned by her, stopping at a curve where the famous "Chalet Biester" is located, the house where Roman Polanski shot a horror movie and Johnny Depp shot scenes for the movie "The Ninth Gate". Then we drove to the gates of the Moorish Castle, where after buying the entrance tickets we enjoyed every inch of the magnificent landscape and realized how important this fortress was for the Moors and why they had to conquer it. If you are visiting Lisbon, you can't miss the Castelo dos Mouros (Moorish Castle) or the Palácio da Pena (Pena Palace).