This palace, built in the 14th century after the collapse of the Islamic rule in the region, has been home to Portuguese royalty for centuries. It is a short distance from Lisbon in the nearby medieval village of Sintra and is worth the effort to visit for the history of the palace and the beautiful village it overlooks. The palace has several notable rooms with quirky stories attached to them, and is a great place for history buffs to learn some entertaining new facts about life in Portugal since the Middle Ages. Take an hour to stroll the palace, and then spend some time checking out the rest of Sintra to get another perspective of Portuguese countryside life. While you are walking around the village don't forget try Sintra's typical pastries (Queijada and Traveseiro) at one of the many bakeries around town.
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