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When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Sintra, they said...

"Sintra is a picturesque town known for its stunning architecture, lush gardens, and historical sites. Before moving to Sintra, expats should be aware that the official language is Portuguese, and while English is commonly spoken in tourist areas, it may not be as widely spoken in residential areas. The cost of living in Sintra is generally lower than in many other European cities, but it's still important to budget carefully. The town is well-connected to Lisbon by public transportation, making it easy to commute for work or leisure. The climate in Sintra is Mediterranean, with mild, rainy winters and warm, dry summers. The town is known for its microclimate, which can cause sudden changes in weather, so it's advisable to always carry a light jacket or umbrella. Healthcare in Portugal is of a high standard, with both public and private options available. Expats moving to Sintra should ensure they have adequate health insurance coverage. Portuguese cuisine is a highlight of living in Sintra, with local specialties including seafood, pastries, and wine. The education system in Portugal is well-regarded, with a mix of public and private schools, as well as international schools. However, spaces in international schools can be limited, so it's advisable to apply well in advance. Portugal has a relaxed pace of life, and this is especially true in Sintra. The town is quieter and less bustling than larger cities like Lisbon or Porto. Finally, it's important to note that while Sintra is a safe town, standard precautions should be taken to protect against petty crime, as is the case in any tourist destination," remarked another expat in Sintra, Portugal.

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