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Choose Sintra for sublime Portugal rentals
Sintra offers a brilliant base for a summer escape, combining mountain air with easy proximity to the Atlantic beaches. It's one of the most beautiful towns in Portugal and rentals here range from luxurious villas to compact self-catering apartments. It's a location that suits family holidays, romantic getaways or out-of-season city breaks.
Sintra's spectacular sierra
Sintra is just a short train ride from Lisbon, offering the chance to enjoy Portugal rentals that combine the tranquillity of this idyllic town with easy access to the culture and bustle of the capital.
Sintra has UNESCO World Heritage status and it's easy to see why. The pretty town is overshadowed by forested hills. Looming from the summits are the impossibly romantic ruins of a Moorish castle and a pastel-coloured 19th century palace that looks like it's the home of a Disney princess.
You can spend most of your holidays exploring the wooded trails around Sintra, or making small excursions to the landscaped gardens of Monserrate or the elegant mansion of the Quinta Da Regaleira.
Eventually the kids will start yearning for the sea. Happily there is a rickety tram ride from the centre of Sintra that carries you through to Praia das Maças. This beautiful beach curves around a bay, overlooked by cliffs. There are restaurants nearby when the sun gets a little too strong.
Rental options here include plenty of apartments and villas in Sintra itself. The farmland around is also equipped with numerous 'quintas', elaborate country-houses, often with their own orchards and swimming pools. These are excellent options for larger groups, and are not too expensive if you avoid high season.
Once you've booked Portugal rentals in the Sintra area, flights to Lisbon are the easiest way to get there. EasyJet operate budget flights to Lisbon direct from Bristol, Edinburgh, Liverpool and London. Booking ahead, you can often find return flights for under £100. From the airport there are easy train and bus connections to Sintra.