My visit to Portugal during carnival week in the Netherlands was a trip to remember. Flying in with zero knowledge and expectations, I had the most wonderful time exploring Lisbon, but the nicest day was – by far – the daytrip to Sintra. Unlike most days I had in Lisbon, the weather cleared up, the sun came out, and I could experience Sintra in full glory. From the great Portuguese mountain walls of the Mori castle, through the colorful national Pena and Sintra palaces, to the funky Quinta da Regaleira mansion and gardens, there is much to see and explore, and I feel like I barely scratched the surface. There would be plenty to do if I were to visit for another day or two, with more castles, mansions, parks, hikes, and the most spectacular Portuguese views you can get.
I’ll get around to showing you the specific sites, but for now – I give you my visions of Sintra as an introduction to this magical place…
Castelo dos Mouros
Park and National Palace of Pena
Sintra National Palace
Quinta da Regaleira
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What a day, the best daytrip I could have hoped for from Lisbon. Much more to follow soon…