Getting to Sintra is easy, but once you reach the outskirts of Sintra, it is a bit of a disaster traffic wise. Traffic jams are a daily occurance, mainly because of its popularity with tourists. A better way to travel to Sintra is by the Sintra Atlantico tram which travels between Praia de Macas and Sintra.
Where the historic tram line commenced operation in 1904, the tram that nowadays operate on the line dates from the 1930s.
inside the tram are all the original features, from the wooden benches to the brass dials, it is a super fun experience to travel on the tram.
it's slow, it's bumpy and noisy, but climbing slowly towards Sintra from the coast, the entire 13km journey takes about 40 minutes passing through the rural area of Colares. Colares is an interesting area for winelovers. The area is famous for its sandy, phylloxera-free soils and ungrafted vines as the amazing tannic red wine it produces from the area's Ramisco grape.
We took the tram during Christmas and were lucky enough to have the entire tram to ourselves with exception of the 2 drivers who juggle around sticks and pedals to bring the tram to a safe halt around the corner from the MUSA museum. It's a hassle free way of traveling to Sintra without having to find a parking spot in the busy tourism town.
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We are Peter & Dolores De Bie. We love the great outdoors, discovering new parts of the world and writing about our adventures along the Wild Atlantic Way and further afield