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Sintra is often compared to a picturesque fairytale land and kids adore exploring the medieval and Gothic castles, running through the picturesque parks and discovering the hidden gems of the small Portuguese city (like the Toy Museum, for one). Our Forbes Travel Guide editors picked the best things to do with kids in Sintra:
1. The Toy Museum. A departure from the typical museum experience, Sintra’s Museu do Brinquedo shows off a vast collection of toys ranging from old Barbies and toy soldiers to Egyptian marbles and miniature cars.
2. The Sintra tram. The small red trams are about 100 years old and offer a bumpy but fun way to ride through town. Adults will love the scenic tours while kids will feel like they’re on an amusement park ride.
3. The Castle of the Moors. Located in the mountains of Sintra and built during the Moorish occupation around the seventh century, the castle provides vast views of Sintra and the ocean. Visitors can even climb up 500 steps to the royal tower and walk along castle walls.
4. The Guincho Beach. Located about 10 miles southwest of Sintra, Guincho Beach is one of the best beaches in the greater Lisbon area (and some say all of Europe). Windsurfing and other water sports are popular here and it’s an ideal location for adventurous families looking for a day near the ocean.
5. The quintessential horse and carriage ride. Kids can pretend they’re royalty during a trip around Sintra in a horse-drawn carriage, the preferred method of transport for the town’s aristocratic visitors throughout history.