Traveling Portugal’s Shining Coast and Sintra Mountains by Train

The shining coast of this country is easy to get to by train from capital Lisbon. Gorgeous beaches, golf courses and architecture adorned by azulejos – decorative, ceramic tile – are a feast for the eyes.

First Stop: Estoril. The region is a world-famous resort and true cosmopolitan center, with incredible nightlife (and renowned casino – the largest in Europe), golf courses and even a motor-racing circuit.

For relaxation, there are tens of beaches, many of them in quiet coves overlooked by elegant villas and palaces. Walkways and esplanades are withing close reach – taking you to restaurants and hopping bars. For a quieter spit of sand, the coast to the north of Cabo da Roca has dramatic cliffs and rocky beaches. All alone, you’ll feel completely spoiled – in a place entirely unspoiled.

Prefer higher land? The Sintra Mountains lie at the heart of the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, and is the only area designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for both cultural interest and natural beauty. Sintra Mountain used to be called “The Mountain of the Moon”, for its natural magnetic properties.

 

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