What is the best way to see Sintra in one day?

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Gillian White

Even if you’re tight on time, don’t skip Sintra while visiting Lisbon. You can catch much of what the town has to offer in just one day. Start with a hike up to the majestic Sintra National Palace. Before heading inside to see the majestic, well-kept building, make a pit stop at the adjacent Café A Piriquita and try the travesserios or almond pastries. You’ll need the energy — after touring the palace, hop on local bus 434 for a ride up to the Castle of the Moors (where some of the best views of the city are waiting) and the Pena Palace (arguably Sintra’s most famous and elaborate castle). Next, get a late lunch near the city center at Tacho Real, an authentic Portuguese joint with excellent seafood and charming age-old ambience. After eating, hit up the Toy Museum for a look at whimsical playthings ranging from Egyptian marbles to porcelain dolls. Return to your hotel for a little rest before dinner. The popular tasting menu at GSpot Gastronomia is an excellent choice — the 20-seat restaurant is intimate, full of charm and serves local, seasonal cuisine. Cap off your day with an enchanting horse and carriage ride through the cobblestone streets of the city.

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