The article in the New York Times titled “Outside Lisbon, a verdant world of castles and palaces,” is authored by journalist Elisa Mala to whom “no matter how well it begins or ends, every fairy tale has a villain. In my storybook adventure in Sintra, a Portuguese town about 20 miles west of Lisbon, it was the hands of the clock, given how much there is to see in this Portuguese town.
The American newspaper article reports that Sintra is the “jewel in the Portuguese crown” making mention of the Moorish Castle, Pena Palace, Sintra National Palace, Montserrate Castle, Quinta da Regaleira and highlights two developments that made it even more attractive for tourists: new hotels and the return of Praia das Maçãs tram.
The journalist makes several recommendations on where to stay, where to eat and makes huge compliments to this Portuguese ex-libris.
You can read the full article at http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/17/travel/outside-lisbon-a-verdant-world-of-castles-and-palaces.html?_r=0