Sintra is a town near Lisbon. My calling for peace of mind brought me here and it was worthy. The walk from Sintra railway station to my hostel was spectacular with the hills ,castles and street music. As soon as I entered my hostel I found this sign board.
On the last day of our expedition, we went to Sintra early in the morning. Sintra is a one day tour from Lisbon. It will take 45 minutes to reach from the city center of Lisbon. The most ravishing place to visit in Sintra is the National Palace of Pena painted in red and yellow. The view of the palace is breath-taking if you are on the hill in-front of it. The palace is also famous for its gardens. The second most famous place in Sintra is Quinta da Regaleira. It will take you to the times of Queens and Kings with their structures showing romanticism and warfare, surrounded by gardens, caves, lakes and some enigmatic construction. Paco Iniciatico is one of the structure to look for which will remind you of Lazarus pit from Batman: Dark Knight Rises. There are other places like Moorish Castle, Azhenas do Mar which is a small village carved on a cliff, facing Atlantic ocean and Cape Roca which is the westernmost point of Europe and the Bear beach near Cape Roca.
Take a day Trip to SintraA picturesque area and often termed as the fairy tale town of Portugal, Sintra is the most popular day trip from Lisbon. It has a variety of fascinating historic buildings and beautiful scenery all around. The most famous attraction here is the Pena palace. Built in the mid-1800’s, its brightly colored exteriors will outshine even the best palaces you have visited till date.
1 | Lisbon + FARO + SevilleOne of my favorite cities in Europe, Lisbon, is bursting with culture, great food, incredibly charming streets -the list goes on and on- there’s so much to see and taste within the city you’ll be hard-pressed to pick your favorites. Not far away, the UNESCO town of Sintra is a beautiful and worthy day trip. Take a 3 hour train south to Faro, in the Algarve region world-renowned for it’s food and positively stunning seaside (ranked with some of the best beaches in the world). Carry on by bus to Seville for an immersion into a world of tapas, sangria and flamenco. Don’t miss Giralda Tower and Plaza de Espana.
After breakfast, transfer to Sintra with its imposing mount sprinkled with palaces, churches and stately farmhouses, extending green waves to the ocean, the allure of urban areas of Vila Velha, Estefânia and villages that color the rural heath, is without a doubt a privileged place of undeniable beauty and cultural and natural interest. Lunch in local restaurant and afterwards we will make a stop to taste Queijadas de Sintra, which are composed of a delicious filling of fresh cheese, sugar, eggs, flour and cinnamon, wrapped in a crispy and crunchy pastry. They are gastronomic icons of this region and it is said that the recipe of these sweets was born in Convento da Penha Longa, at the hands of Father John of the Annunciation.