|Sintra's Historical Buildings|
Palacio de Pena
Castelo dos Mouros
Quinta de Regaleira
|Sintra is full to bursting with historical buildings. There is something for everyone here. The list to the left just shows places actually in Sintra and within walking distance of Cinco. A short bus/taxi/car ride away there are several more, including the Palacio de Setiais, Monserate, and the Convento dos Capuchos|
|Museums and Art Galleries|
Sintra Museum of Modern Art
|Restaurants and Bars|
|Sintra has a fair number of restaurants, most offering quality food at modest prices. There are also a couple of places for those with more expensive tastes!
Come night time, there are also a surprising number of lively bars offering a good atmosphere and reasonable prices.
|Beaches - Sintra Coast and Estoril Coast|
Praia das Macas
|The Sintra Coast is much quieter and more rugged than the Estoril Coast.
The two main beaches of Praias Grande and Macas can be reached from Sintra
by means of a small tram that runs during the summer.
There are beaches all along the Estoril coast. Those at Carcavelos and Guincho are favourites with surfers. Most are good for sunbathing and swimming. Cascais beach (behind the train station) has facilities for watersports (waterskiing, windsurfing, pedal boats, banana rides etc.) in the summer.
|Estoril and Cascais|
|Estoril and Cascais are 20 minutes drive from Sintra on the coast. They are two towns next to each other and provide a range of more youthful services than Sintra. There are lots of restaurants, lots of bars, a couple of clubs, and of course the Estoril Casino, which is one of the largest in Europe. Cascais is the place to be on a friday night.|
|There are numerous shopping facilities in Cascais. Cascais Villa is a medium sized shopping centre in downtown Cascais. It has a number of shops, restaurants, a supermarket and a cinema. CascaiShopping is a much larger version of the same, half way between Cascais and Sintra. Jumbo is a large hypermarket in downtown Cascais. There are also a few shop lined streets in Cascais.|
|Lisbon's Historical Attractions|
|Castelo St. Jorge
Cathedral de Se
Santa Justa Elevator
Convento do Carmo
Praca de Touros
Torre de Belem
|Lisbon is full of places of historical and or architectural interest. Take a trip on a tram through the famous Alfama area to the castle overlooking the city. Visit the Cathedral on the way back down to the Baixa shopping area, not forgetting the Praca do Comercio at the river end (especially worth a trip at Christmas). As with many European cities there is rather too much to see to fit it all in to one small paragraph.|
|For the younger person, Lisbon has a vibrant night scene. The Chiado area is packed with bars, and the Docas area by the river is also popular. There are a number of large nightclubs, but be prepared to come home with rather lighter pockets!|
Parque das Nacoes
|Lisbon has a large number of museums, but most of them rather lack inspiration. It wasn't till the city played host to Expo 98 that the city modernised a bit in this area. This led to the creation of the Parque das Nacoes on the east side of the city. Here the Science Museum and the Aquarium are well worth a visit. There is also bowling, a large shopping centre, cinemas, a cable car, and a large concert arena.|
Vasco da Gama
El Corte Ingles
|Lisbon is full of shops. If you know where to look you can buy just about anything. Unfortunately not many people know where to look. In the mainstream however, it is very good for clothes shopping. The shops range from fashionable and cheap to fashionable and expensive! The main shopping area is the Baixa, and neigbouring Chiado. There is a small shopping centre here called the Armazens de Chiado. Around this area, large chain stores can be found (such as Zara, H&M, SportZone, FNAC etc) as well as many smaller indepents. For those who like large shopping centres, they don't come much larger than Columbo. For everything in one building, there is the El Corte Ingles department store.|
|Events and shows|
Centro Cultural de Belem
Lisbon has several concert venues. For the biggest shows there is the Pavilao Atlantico in the Parque das Nacoes. Slightly smaller there is the Coliseum in the centre of town. There are a couple of theatres that host mainly Portuguese, but some international shows. The Feira International de Lisboa is also on Parque das Nacoes and is a large exhibition space. The Centro Cultural de Belem holds a number of concerts and art exhibitions. For the football fans, Lisbon has 2 major teams, Sporting Lisboa and Benfica, both of whom have massive new stadiums after Portugal's recent hosting of the European cup.
Quinta de Beloura
Quinta de Marinha
Estoril Golf Club
|Lisbon is often overlooked as a golfing area, as most golfing tourists go straight to the Algarve. However, Lisbon has a number of top quality golf courses, and has some key advantages over golf in the Algarve. The biggest advantage is of course that you can stay in Sintra (!), but also the courses here are generally less crowded, and the green fees are cheaper. Courses such as Penha Longa are probably also more scenic.|
|Travelling north from Sintra one can see the towns of Mafra and Obidos. Mafra has an enormous and impressive palace, and Obidos is a very old walled city.|