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Sintra is an enchanting resort town perched in the Serra de Sintra foothills, just outside Lisbon, and has been frequented by Portuguese royalty for centuries. Colourful villas line its leafy streets, while the Pena Palace offers astonishing views, and former manors and estates are now museums and hotels. Speaking of which, if you’re sold on this charming Portuguese town, take a look at these gorgeous hotels with a view.
The Lawrence’s Hotel is a Unesco-protected site in its own right, and is reputedly the oldest hotel in Portugal and Spain, having opened in 1764. It’s a great choice for history buffs, as it once sheltered both British poet Lord Byron and Portuguese writer Eça de Queirós. The 16 double rooms and suites feature four-poster beds and floral linen with picture-perfect views from the large, old-fashioned windows.
Laura Hampson contributed additional reporting to this article.