Sintra, Portugal
Mary, 30
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I am portugalizing myself. Originally I am from Saint Petersburg (Russia) and I lived some time in Barcelona and then moved to Sintra.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Massive Attack

What are the best TV shows of all time?

Black Mirror, Breaking Bad

Name some spots in Sintra that are good for a Tinder date.

Sintra itself is a very romantic spot, so a walk in the park there or a ride to the Pena Palace or Moorish castle is always a great choice.

Who’s your hero and where in Sintra would you take them out for a serious hang?

My heroes are from animations, so I can take them in my imagination everywhere.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

self-made clothes, COS, h&m

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

Try Moorish Castle.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

I really enjoy walking in Sintra at night. The city is famous for its ghost stories and dark side.

What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Sintra and where did you get it?

I would recommend Sintra´s street market in São Pedro, it happens each 15th day of the month and there you can buy "pão com chouriço" - a really huge portuguse sandwich.

Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Sintra that you particularly like?

In São Pedro de Sintra you can find some small authentic cafes and stores. You also have a dog shelter in Sintra, where you can take a dog for a walk.

What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in Sintra? How much did it cost and what did you get there?

The most expensive hotel in Sintra is placed in the Seteais palace close to the Quinta de Regaleira. I have never stayed there, but I know that it is possible to have a really royal lunch there.

What restaurant in Sintra looks crap, but the food’s amazing?

There is a cafe called Casa dos Frangos, it is located on the street parallel to the train station. It has delicious "bacalhau com natas" meal. All the portions are big, so you can easily divide them for two.

Where can you get the best cocktail in Sintra? Which one do you like?

You have a good variety of beers at Mourisca bar and you can order tremoços (portuguese snacks) for free.

Where would you take your partner in Sintra if you wanted to really pamper them?

It will be a unique walk to the top of the mountain on a foggy day.

Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?

I definitely recommend tremoços and portuguese olives!

What’s the one place you think is overrated in Sintra?

Some of the houses in Sintra are over 10 mln euros!!

What’s the one place you think is underrated in Sintra?

MUSA, the entrance fee is just 1,5 euro.

What are the Sintra spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

I would recommend you The National Palace for its beautiful collection of tiles and Moorish Castle for its challenging but beautiful walk to the top and amazing view.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Sintra. How do you spend it?

You need to visit Cabo da Roca - the most western spot of the continental Europe. It is a place for endless inspiration.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

The last time I was on vacation in NYC and it is now in my top list. I would recommend Sintra as a nice place for brilliant holidays, you have everything here, including mountains, ocean and good food.

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