Sintra in Portugal

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Category/Kategorie: General, UNESCO World Heritage

Part of the historic centre © Peter K Burian/cc-by-4.0

Part of the historic centre © Peter K Burian/cc-by-4.0

Sintra is a town and municipality in the Greater Lisbon region of Portugal, located on the Portuguese Riviera. The population of the municipality in 2011 was 377,835, in an area of 319.23 square kilometres (123.26 sq mi). Sintra is a major tourist destination in Portugal, famed for its picturesqueness and for its numerous historic palaces and castles. Sintra is also a major luxury dining and tourism destination within the Portuguese Riviera, as well as one of the wealthiest municipalities in the country, and is known for the numerous notable events hosted in Sintra, such as Bilderberg Meetings and the Open de Portugal.

The historic center of the Vila de Sintra is famous for its 19th-century Romanticist architecture, historic estates and villas, gardens, and numerous royal palaces and castles, which resulted in the classification of the town and its historic passage as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sintra is similarly known for its numerous gardens and nature parks, including the Sintra-Cascais Nature Park and the Sintra Mountains. Sintra’s landmarks include the mediaeval Castle of the Moors, the romanticist Pena National Palace and the Portuguese Renaissance Sintra National Palace.

Castle of the Moors © Diego Delso/cc-by-sa-4.0 Monserrate Palace © Hugo Henrique/cc-by-sa-3.0 Palacio da Pena © flickr.com - Singa Hitam/cc-by-2.0 Part of the historic centre © Peter K Burian/cc-by-4.0 The gardens of the Quinta da Regaleira © flickr.com - Maria Eklind/cc-by-sa-2.0 Sintra National Palace © Diego Delso/cc-by-sa-4.0 Azenhas do Mar © Husond/cc-by-sa-4.0
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The gardens of the Quinta da Regaleira © flickr.com - Maria Eklind/cc-by-sa-2.0
The growth in tertiary activities has played an important part in the pattern of employment in the region, with commercial, retail and support services predominating. This has been to the detriment of industry, although continuing industrial activities include the transport of materials, mineral processing, the manufacture of machinery and equipment, food-processing, beverage and tobacco companies as well as publishing and printing services. There has also been a dramatic growth in the civil construction industry. EuroAtlantic Airways has its head office in Sintra. Tourism is also significant, with the parks and monuments operated by the Parques de Sintra accounting for 3.2 million visitors in 2017, for example.

Sintra is consistently ranked as one of the wealthiest and most expensive municipalities in both Portugal and the Iberian Peninsula as a whole. Sintra is one of Portugal’s most expensive and sought after real estate markets, famed for its numerous historic villas, luxury estates, and Michelin star restaurants, and is home to one of the largest foreign expat communities along the Portuguese Riviera. Sintra is similarly known for its high standards of living, consistently ranking as one of the best places to live in Portugal.

Read more on Sintra, sintra-portugal.com, VisitPortugal.com – Discovering Sintra, Wikivoyage Sintra and Wikipedia Sintra (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State - Weather report by weather.com). Photos by Wikimedia Commons. If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.




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