The city of Sintra (also spelled Cintra) is 32 kilometers (20 miles) northwest of Lisbon. This beautifully situated community dates back to the rime of the Romans, who called this region Mountains of the Moon. Even Lord Byron, who was no fan of Portugal, wrote of this area as a paradise. Sintra is a great place to spend a holiday or even just a weekend. Sintra was once the summer retreat of the Portugese Royal Family, and has been named a World Heritage Site. Here, guests staying in Sintra hotels can see the Palacio Nacional, the spectacular Royal Palace. Not far away is the 8th or 9th century Castelo dos Mouros (Moorish Castle). Among several fascinating museums and galleries are the Toy Museum and the Museum of Modern Art. Visitors will also want to stroll through Parque de Liberdade and the 16th century stone cross at Cruz Alta.
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