"Metropole Hotel, Lisbon. Yesterday I took the train to Cintra."

Cintra/Sintra is a popular destination for tourists visiting nearby Lisbon in Portugal and boasts beautiful 19th century Romantic architecture well worth seeing. Some of these impressive buildings include the Castelo (Castle) dos Mouros from the 8/9th century, which gives glorious views of the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park and there is of course also the magnificent 19th century Pena Palace.

Palacio da Regaleira, Sintra, Portugal.
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikePalacio da Regaleira, Sintra, Portugal. - Credit: Hugo Lopes

Cintra is subsequently a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was once described by Lord Byron as "the most beautiful in the world."Another famous visitor was the explorer Christopher Columbus, who was saved by the Rock of Sintra, which he used to direct himself to Lisbon when his ship was blown off course from Spain in 1493.