If time is on your side, Sintra and the Royal Palace are an absolute must!

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Escape from it all.

How can you pass on a place that fascinated British poets including Lord Byron himself? Indeed, he drew inspiration from it to write Childe Harold's Pilgrimage. If your schedule in Lisbon allows it, you should visit this magical place where the kings of Portugal established their summer residence in the eighteenth century. The top attraction of this dream location, with hills sloping towards the Atlantic dotted with manor houses, is undoubtedly the royal palace. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, this gem of Moorish origin surprises visitors who would believe to have entered a fantasy world through its open doors. Rooms such as the Sala dos cines or Sala das pergas (magpies) seem inspired by Disney storytelling with their murals, colourful towers, and "lived happily ever after". Of course, all stories would have a happy ending if they ended in Sintra.

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