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Copyright: Isabel Silva (isamar) Silver Note Writer [C: 8 W: 0 N: 11] (105)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon EOS 350D
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-07-04 6:08
Viewed: 3568
Points: 0
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A secular tree in Sintra.
Rising majestically in the center of the region are the luxuriously forested Sintra Mountains, the heart of the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park. This is the only area in the world to have been classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage site both for its cultural interest and its natural beauty. There has always been an aura of mystery about the mountain. Realistically due to the huge deposits of iron ore that are responsible for stopping watches and similar mechanisms and the highly humid microclimate that produces an almost permanent fog atop the peak due to the condensation caused by the merging of the maritime air fronts with the mountain. Thus there are near perfect year round temperatures (around 28C in summer, 10C plus in winter) and an area that is always richly green. The town of Sintra is nestled in the northern foothills of the mountain. North of Sintra, inland from the western coast, is the hinterland, a rural area of traditional villages and farmland. The region is a treasure trove of beauty from the mountains to the sea and shore.

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