Sintra has palaces and castles enough to satisfy anyone – even UNESCO, who made it a World Heritage Site in 1995 for its nineteenth century Romantic cultural landscape.
That famous English libertine Lord Byron called Sintra “the most beautiful [village] in the world”. There is the Pena National Palace with its yellow and red towers reaching high into the sky. Once a monastery on top of a hill, Portuguese royalty redeveloped it as a palace in the nineteenth century, one so majestic it can even be seen from Lisbon on a clear day. It’s still used by the president of Portugal for official occasions.