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The town of Sintra is magic

Taking advantage of our visit to Lisbon, Portugal, we decided to visit the city of Sintra. I had heard of this place before, but I had never had a chance to visit it. The city of Sintra is located in the outskirts of Lisbon, less than 1 hour by train. It’s a getaway worth of your time!!!

 We left very early in the morning. It is the best option because it is a much visited place and the earlier you get there, you can avoid the queues and crowds. We were only able to visit the Palacio da Pena and the National Palace.

Our first attraction was to the Palacio da Pena, located at a considerable height, we decided to walk all the way up to enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings. Simply spectacular! The road is full of plants and flowers, accompanied by steep climbs and the most beautiful views. The palace is a set of various styles, neo-Gothic, neo-Manueline, neo-Islamic and neo-Renaissance, giving it a different look. It is also surrounded by English gardens, with tree varieties from all corners of the world. Admission costs about 6 or 8 euros. Inside the palace the visit is guided and you are not allowed to take photos. Admission is free to the patios and gardens and you are allowed to take photos. It is a magical and charming place.

 

We stayed almost all morning at Palacio da Pena and after lunch we decided to move to the National Palace. Classified as a World Heritage by Unesco in 1995 along with other places of the unparalleled Sintra. The visit takes place along three buildings where a succession of patios, fountains, rooms, and above all, tiles, takes us into a world of different times, from the Mudejar to the Manueline. It is curious to see Mudejar art outside Spain, but the most important thing is to enjoy the few medieval palaces of Muslim origin that are still preserved today. It’s just great. Admission costs about 10 euros and inside you can take pictures. Every detail, every room is a unique place.

 

Before our return trip back to Lisbon, we decided to walk around the village. The small streets are crowded with lots of restaurants and bars, where you can taste their famous cherry liqueur called Ginia or the traditional Quijadas and Pasteis. I am very happy to have returned to Lisbon after 15 years and have had the opportunity to get to know the city of Sintra. If I’m completely honest, we were left wanting more, but with a good taste.

 Thank you for sharing this experience with me!

 Oli

 

 

 

 

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