Joao dooes not only have great restaurant tips, also he has turned this centuries-old estate into a simple but nice hostel.
In the hostel, you can escape the touristy feeling you cant shake in and around Sintra. The place has a dreamy, chilled atmosphere, the rooms are colorful and different from what you know from normal Hotels. Breakfast was very good, usually they have handcrafted jams there, i was told.
There is also a stylish stone basin with water from the mountains to swim in - unfortunately it was to cold in March when we were there.
And it's cheap, of course.