The latest issue of US Airways magazine lists what it considers to be 12 European “gems,” and one of them is Sintra. The romantic town on hills by the Lisbon coast comes illustrated with a photo of its Pena Palace, and is highlighted for its “breathtaking scenery” and “romantic dwellings built for royalty.”
Coincidentally, Sintra also makes the cover of Spain’s March 2010 edition of Conde Nast Traveler magazine. A Spanish model is shown on one of the town’s plant-filled steps with the main cover title reading “Portugal in Spring.” Inside, “Portugal” is essentially Sintra, with 12 beautifully illustrated pages showing the town’s fantasy palaces and gardens in an article titled “A Fairy Tale.” The cover model is seen walking through the gardens of the Quinta da Regalaira and Seteais palaces, and there are also shots of Pena and Monserrate palaces (you can find more about them in our Sintra guide.)
In Sintra the magazine also recommends a stay at the Iberian Peninsula’s oldest hotel, Lawrence’s Hotel, or at Tivoli Palacio de Seteais, and suggests the local pastries at “Piriquita” and going for coffee at “CafÃ© Saudade.”
The magazine is currently on sale in Spain, Portugal, and throughout southern Europe.