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My fiancée and I are traveling to Portugal this September for our honeymoon. Although I still have some planning to do, I have a pretty good idea of our itinerary. We are only there about eight days. I would love to stay longer but time does not allow.
The plan is to spend 3 days in Lisbon, and then head to Sintra for two nights. I know that from reading several comments that have been posted, the general consensus is that Sintra is a daytrip, however I am going to stay there for two nights – the nighttime in Sintra comes highly recommended from a friend of mine who says that Sintra is pretty magical in the night when everyone leaves. I think that having a relaxed quiet atmosphere in Sintra would be nice for us – hopefully we’ll be craving peace and quiet by then. Plus, our previous few days in Lisbon will be spent in the Bairro Alto neighborhood, which I am told has a nice vibrant city feel.
My question about Sintra is this: is it a good area for restaurants and wine? We certainly do enjoy the two, and if anyone could even recommend a couple of restaurants in Sintra that we could check out during our time there, that would be much appreciated. I don’t mind that it’s a daytrip locale, but I wouldn’t want to get there only to realize that there isn’t anything by way of cuisine for people who are spending the night. Any suggestions?
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A very good idea to spend two nights in Sintra. It is indeed a magical place after the daytrippers have gone.
If you want to visit some of the palaces and gardens two days won't nearly be enough! We spent 5 days there this June (we also went to the beach) and we were never bored.
As to restaurants, we found Tulhas to be good. Anyway, avoid Café de Paris: a real ripp of.
You should try the Ribeirinha de colares restaurant which is like 8 kms away from Sintra in the beach direction. If you are looking for a romantic place to stay just 5minutes walk to the Sintra historic centre Check out www.casadesaomiguel.com
Have a Nice stay.