Good Tuesday everyone! We have ready to share the first batch of pictures from our Sintra (Portugal) trip, but before starting with our summer adventures I’d would like to thank everyone stopping by my birthday post from last Saturday and specially to all the sweet words on your comments, it touches me deeply, thanks guys!
A few months ago my mom asked me for advice to go on a trip someplace beautiful with her sister (my auntie) and grandnephew. She had a big requirement: the place had to be near, enjoyable for adults and visitable in a few days; as she was not sure the kiddo was ready for a long trip – or maybe the adults to survive, hahaha, just kidding….kinda. So it then stroked me that I had seen a cute little village online called Sintra in Portugal. And since we had never been to our neighbors country, a second after she agreed we were joining in.
The most popular visits in Sintra are the Palacio da Pena palace & gardens followed by the Castelo dos Mouros, two places that are usually visited the same day one after the other for its proximity. Palacio da Pena is a royal & romanticist palace that mixes lots of different architectural styles such as Gothic, Islamic or Manueline resulting in a colorful palace that looks out of a Disney movie (and this is a compliment, you know how I love Disney!).
We read that you can reach every visiting site in Sintra at walking distance, but when we asked in our hotel they advised us that we would better get up there by bus (434) and if we had enough energy at the end of the day get back down walking. I think this was certainly a good piece of advice, so in case you are going there and doing the main circuit (da Pena & Mouros) consider paying the 4 € for the bus trip.
Palacio da Pena is not only worthy for itself, but the gardens surrounding are astonishing and for what it seems not that popular, which was a bonus for us after the quite crowded visit to the palace. We recommend climbing up to the Queens throne (Trono da Rainha) which will give you a refreshing view of the palace, the Column temple and the Lagoon valley, a 5 lagoon route with the most romantic atmosphere (and swans!)
I almost forgot! Another good tip if you are visiting 3 or more sites in Sintra is to buy the combined ticket for 30 € which will give you access to every palace, castle and gardens with the exception of Quinta da Regaleira which is privately running.
And that would be all for today, second part of our Sintra series will include the second (and last visit) of our first day in the village, the Castelo dos Mouros. Keep tuned!
Do you like this exotic mix of architecture styles? Do you have tricks or recommendations on how to take photographs on crowded places? We would love to hear!
** This post is part of our Sintra series **