Here comes today the second part of our first day at Sintra which started at Palacio da Pena (have you already seen the colorful palace?) and finished with a visit to Castelo dos Mouros and a very nice, long and refreshing walk through the mountain to the town center. However I must talk first a little bit about our hotel find which was a really lucky score: the Chalet Saudade.
Chalet Saudade is a restored old home that the owners (an American girl & Portuguese guy) converted into a darling Inn, the details and specially the staff makes it a really pleasant stay, so we totally recommend that you look them up if ever staying in Sintra. One of the big pluses of the Inn is that the same owners have a very very good café around the corner, where you are offered to choose between two large and yummy breakfast menus included with your Chalet Saudade stay. As it works independently you can equally have breakfast or lunch without staying at the Inn, in fact we had lunch there one of the days and the panini we had were delicious!
And after this short interlude (thanks for following along) we virtually come back to Castelo dos Mouros where the moors are the main attraction. We had a very windy afternoon and I have to admit that although I defeated my fear to heights by walking almost all the moors up, I did not fully complete it because the wind was making me unstable and this was just too much for my height phobia. Still, the views and the feeling made it up for me, so I would definitely climb it again if I ever have the chance to go to Sintra for a second time.
And as a silly note to end this post, we were told that Castelo dos Mouros was called the “Great Wall of China” of Portugal. I’m not sure if that is even totally true, but makes me smile. Hope you enjoyed climbing up the moors with us. Next stop in our Sintra trip would be the last one, so don’t miss it!
** This post is part of our Sintra series **