The mild Mediterranean climate found in the Sintra Natural Park, Portugal is wonderful. Most people associate “dry and hot” with the term Mediterranean climate. But not in the Serra da Sintra – most days there is a light cooling breeze off the Atlantic. And this region has a unique micro climate (due to various factors but also its altitude of circa 500 meters), one of only several in the world, so summers are very comfortable (high 70´s to low 80´s ) with cool nights. The winters are mild and sunny with some rain. This climate also encourages a unique mix of flora and fauna. Therefore most subtropical plants grow here, and some tropical plants – a wide variety of vegetation which is lush and green year round.
The Serra da Sintra is a mountain range, a granite outcrop that extends in twists and turns into the Atlantic. It has been always the summer refuge for royality and has attracted famous artists for centuries. In ancient times the Sintra mountain range was called Mons Lunae: Hills of the Moon. The vast, cool decidious forests have a magical quality and offer many days worth of wonderful walking.
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