Adventure Calls- What you need to know before visiting Lisbon, Sintra and Cascais
NATIONAL PARKS OF SINTRA
A 16th century Franciscan monastery, ruins of a 9th century hilltop castle with Moorish history, elaborate and romantic palaces once home to Portuguese Royalty and farms recreating the region’s traditional environment are just a few of the ten parks and monuments that comprise the official Sintra parks. Each with a storied past and diverse in character, guests should schedule visits over several days to fully explore the rich history of each site.
The credit card-size official city travel card conveniently allows visitors to make the most of their time while in the city. Complimentary admission to 26 museums, monuments and UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Torre de Belem, Jeronimos Monastery and the Santa Justa Elevator, free unlimited public transportation and discounts on restaurants and tours are useful perks. Top tip: take advantage of travelling by rain to nearby Sintra and Cascais.
The charming seaside town is a beautiful retreat for locals and tourists, less than an hour outside of Lisbon. Visit more than a dozen museums in the area from the elaborate early 20th century homes of Casa de Santa Maria and former palace of Museu Condes de Castro Guimarães that now
houses an impressive art collection, library and Indo-Portuguese furniture to the small Museu do Mar illuminating the Portuguese deep relationship to the sea, or walk along the beachside boardwalk for a taste of a typical fishing town.
Want to know Where to Stay in Lisbon? This original travel article first appeared in the Spring 2018 issue of City Style and Living Magazine