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The old Moorish city of Sintra, which was recaptured in 1147 by the Portuguese King Alfons I, has been the summer residence of the Portuguese kings and the aristocracy for more than 600 years. Today Sintra is popular with visitors thanks to its mild, humid climate and its picturesque location below the small coastal mountains, Sierra de Sintra, which rise sharply above the city. The city's most recognisable landmark is the National Palace (Palacio Nacional), with its huge white twin chimneys that rise above the large palace kitchen, and are visible from across the city and surrounding region.

The palace is regarded as one of the most important examples of regal architecture in Portugal and has been classified as a National Monument. The palace was continuously inhabited as a royal summer residence from the 14th to the 20th century. It boasts a mix of different architectural styles, with elaborate wood-carved ceilings and marvellous wall decoration with ceramic tiles from the 15th/16th centuries. The tiles, which were manufactured in Seville, form the oldest and most extensive collections on the Iberian Peninsula.

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Portugal & the Douro
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4.2 stars(25 reviews)
14 days from
£3,395 pp
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  • DestinationPortugal
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Portugal and the Douro
Suzanne Otto
4 stars
“Fabulous holiday overall. However overshadowed on day 12 and day 13 by unnecessary stopover in Madrid which involved complicated lengthy coach and train journeys which were not in original itinerary and were just too tiring. For example we arrived so late in Madrid that dinner was started at 10pm. An overnight sleeper train would have been much more suitable even if we wouldn't have had a personal bathroom on board. All the hotels were very good apart from the Porto Bay Hotel in Porto. It had recently been refurbished to a not good enough design or standard in our room e.g light fitting fell out and access to toilet was via a wobbly sliding glass panel that was noisy every time! Not good if in a twin room as we were! Staff in all hotels were pleasant and polite. Food was good for us in all hotels. Our tour manager was friendly, helpful and clearly good at her job with plenty of experience too.
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