Sintra is a magnificent and beautiful town located within the region of Greater Lisbon which became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995 and boasts some of the finest architecture to be found anywhere in Portugal today. The cultural landscape of Sintra and places to visit include Quinta da Regaleira, Pena National Palace, Sintra National Palace, Monserrate Palace, Seteais Palace and the Castle of the Moors.
Sintra is a major tourist attraction and is a much loved destination for many foreigners visiting Portugal. Sintra is so beautiful that many foreigners from all over the world have made Sintra their permanent residence. For many visitors whom are unable to stay all year it has become a magical place to own a second home in Portugal. Lord Byron wrote to his friend Francis Hodgson, “I must just observe that the village of Cintra in Estremadura is the most beautiful in the world.”
The municipality of Sintra is administered by 11 civil parish councils which are;
Agualva e Mira-Sintra, Algueirao Mem Martins, Almargem do Bispo, Pero Pinheiro e Montelavar,
Cacem e Sao Marcos, Casal de Cambra, Colares, Massama e Monte Abraao,
Queluz e Belas, Rio de Mouro, Sao Joao das Lampas e Terrugem,
Sintra (Santa Maria e Sao Miguel, Sao Martinho e Sao Pedro de Penaferrim)
Sintra's main resident population is concentrated between the Queloz, Portela corridor which accounts for around 82% of the municipality’s population which has been growing since the mid 1960’s. The urban area covers 55 square kilometres whilst overall the area covers 318 square kilometres.
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