Not far away from the Lisbon is a beautiful enchanted town known as Sintra. Sitting on the Atlantic coast of Portugal is a place where you will find magnificent palaces straight out of a fairytale. When I was a kid and imagined the Far Away Kingdom in Cinderella. Sintra would be the exact representation of that image.
Colourful houses, tall spectacular palaces perched atop of hills, winding roads through the greenest forests. Sintra has a long history of Portuguese royalty and today with famous faces with the likes of Johnny Depp.
On a clear day, the views are apparently amazing from the Pena Palace but unfortunately the day I went the weather was misty and raining heavily. But it gave the place a mysterious feel.
How to get there:
From Lisbon, you can take the train from Rossio train station in Central Baixa and the journey takes around 40 minutes. A single ticket cost about 2.15€ and return ticket costs 4.30€. It is the perfect day trip away from the city.
The main Palaces:
The National Palace is a Gothic styles castle. When you get to the centre of the town you will see two huge white chimneys towering over the houses. This is the National Palace. An amazing white building with terracotta roofs and stunning detail around the windows. This used to be home to nobility in the 15th and 16th century.
The Moors Castle is otherwise known as Castelo dos Mouros dates back to the 8th century. Sitting on its throne high above Sintra. It has now become the centre point of Pena Palace after restoration in the 19th century. Pena Palace has to be the most spectacular of the all. An array of colours, mosaic tiles and rich history. Exploring this Palace is an adventure in itself as well as an education. The panoramic views from the castle are superb and the interior has carefully been left untouched since 1910 when Royalty left due to the revolution.
You can take a bus up to the top as the walk if I remember correctly is about 7km uphill. Or if you want the unique experience but a little more expensive then you could take an Asian style tuk-tuk up there. Which obviously I got so excited about and had to do it.
Sintra is the most popular day trip from Lisbon and with good reason. It is one of the most awe-inspiring places I have seen, everywhere you turn your head there is something new to take your breath away with its magic.
Have you been to Sintra?
What do you think of this place?
Do you also think its straight out of a fairytale?