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Getting Here

Sintra is 30 km (18 mi) northwest of Lisbon. Trains from Lisbon's Rossio station, between Praça dos Restauradores and Rossio square, run every 15 minutes to Queluz (a 20-minute trip to Queluz-Belas station, then turn left outside and follow the signs for the 1-km (½-mi) walk to the palace) and on to Sintra (40 minutes total). The service operates 6 am–2:40 am, and one-way tickets cost €1.20 to Queluz-Belas, €1.70 to Sintra. Rail operator offers information on (808/208–208 www.cp.pt).

Buses are a good way to explore the Sintra area, including Cabo da Roca. Tickets are cheap (less than €3.50 for most journeys), more so if bought in advance. Regional operator Scotturb (Av. Miguel Bombarda 59 21/923–0381) has one-day passes and also a combined pass that includes train travel to and from Lisbon. From outside Sintra train station there are half-hourly departures in summer to the resorts of Praia das Maçãs (also reached by antique tram) and Azenhas do Mar (30 minutes) in the west, and north to Mafra (one hour). There's also regular year-round service to Cascais and Estoril (one hour).

By car, Queluz is 20 minutes from Lisbon, signposted off route N249/IC19, making this a good half-day option, or a fine stop on the way to or from Sintra (40 minutes from Lisbon).

In Sintra itself, for those who don't want climb the steep hills, you can take Scotturb's bus 434 (ticket €3.50), which you can hop on and off so long as you don't backtrack. It stops at the two national palaces and the Moorish castle.

Sintratur offers old-fashioned horse-and-carriage rides in and around the town. A short tour costs €30 for up to four people; longer trips run between €60 and €100 and go as far afield as Pena Palace and Monserrate. Rua João de Deus 82, Sintra. 21/924–1238. www.sintratur.com.

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