Sintra's vintage tramway resumed its seasonal weekend service from the centre of Sintra, close to the Museu de Arte Moderna, to Praia das Maças on the coast. This rickety old tram squeaks and judders a seven-mile (11.5km) picturesque route up and over the Parque Natural de Sintra-Cascais, passing through Colares and Banzão along the way. Bones are shaken for about 45-50 minutes before reaching the final destination. For a more rapid and comfortable option, yet less fun, take the Scotturb bus.
Old Tram Sintra - Praia das Maças Timetable
Adult: €3.00 Single, OAP & Child: €2.00 Single, Infant <6: FREE
Avenue Heliodoro Salgado, Sintra, Portugal. | 38º 48' 12.0" N | 08º 37' 17.62" W
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Variations of Queijadas, sweet cheesecake type pastries, are found all over Portugal and the Portuguese speaking world. It is in Sintra they have their origin and well worth trying if visiting the town. Made from a ricotta-like cheese called Requeijão, egg yolks and a pinch of Cinnamon. They're incredibly rich in texture and sweet, with a fluffy sweet crust on top. The exact recipe is a closely guarded secret. There are records of Queijadas being baked at the Convento da Penha Longa since 1227AD, they were used as part payment of rent.
The Queijadas da Sapa bakery has proudly been making these little delights since 1756 and continue to be hand made in the traditional yet time-consuming way. Queijadas can be bought directly from the bakery, (located close to the Sintra train station) or from various other outlets across town. A six-pack makes a great culinary souvenir.
Sintra's historical centre is 18 miles (29km) west of Lisbon Portela Airport
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The speedy A5 and A16 motorways will whisk you west from central Lisbon. A more picturesque routes from Cascais via the Parque Natural de Sintra-Cascais on the A16 and N247.
Latitude - 38º 47' 56.6" | Longitude - 09º 23' 15.9"
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ScottURB run services around Sintra and Cascais: