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Pena Palace
Castle View
Must-Do Day Trip from Lisbon
Turret at the Palacio Nacional de Pena
Palacio Nacional de Pena
IF I COULD BUILD MY OWN CASTLE, IT WOULD LOOK LIKE THIS.
A hidden little garden folly that everybody misses
IF I COULD BUILD MY OWN CASTLE, IT WOULD LOOK LIKE THIS.
Pena Palace
Castle View
Must-Do Day Trip from Lisbon
Turret at the Palacio Nacional de Pena
Palacio Nacional de Pena
IF I COULD BUILD MY OWN CASTLE, IT WOULD LOOK LIKE THIS.
A hidden little garden folly that everybody misses
IF I COULD BUILD MY OWN CASTLE, IT WOULD LOOK LIKE THIS.
Pena Palace
I decided to take a day trip to Sintra; which, I was told was kind of touristy, but worth the trip. So my expectations of the place were pretty low. After a short 40 min train ride from Lisbon and we arrive just in time to walk through the Pena Palace before they stop admitting people at 6:00pm. The 434 bus took us on a jolting, spiraling, blood rushing ride to the top of the mountain before letting us off at the entrance. Once we entered the giant stone gate, we were blown away by the breathtaking views, decorative details and bright colors. The architecture of the place varies from Neo-Gothic, to Islamic and Renaissance styles. I honestly could not stop taking pictures. Beyond the Pena Palace, there is so much more to check out in Sintra. Check out some of the gardens or the National Palace of Sintra.
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Must-Do Day Trip from Lisbon
We loved Sinta. It's a small town and mostly consists of touristy castles plus the restaurants it takes to feed all the visitors. But it's a pretty, fairy-tale place, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage site. We walked up through the park and fern garden, a welcome natural sanctuary.
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Castle View
The climb through Pena Park to the hilltop of Sintra is worth the burn in your quads, thanks to the magnificent Pena National Palace. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it feels more like entering a strange, Alice-In-Wonderland-like dream, with two spiraling kitchen chimneys and an intricate clock tower. Even on a cold, misty day, the views from the castle (like this fountain) are enough to warm you to the core.
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Palacio Nacional de Pena
Located high atop the fairytale town of Sintra, the Palacio Nacional de Pena is one of my favorite architectural wonders in Europe. With its quirky and awe-inspiring jumble of colors, styles, and designs, it is like no castle you will ever see.
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Turret at the Palacio Nacional de Pena
Just one of the quirky architectural surprises at the fascinating and paradoxical National Palace in Sintra, Portugal.
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IF I COULD BUILD MY OWN CASTLE, IT WOULD LOOK LIKE THIS.
Sintra is not just a single town, but an entire wooded (unusually so in these arid parts) nature preserve about an hour and a half outside of Lisbon. Definitely well worth the drive and easy to find — the roads and signs in Portugal are outstanding. Plan a half a day, at least, to make the loop through the forest and the half dozen towns and castles and sites within the preserve. From Moor forts (damn Moors were everywhere!) to ornate castles to other follies; the sites are mind-blowing. The must-see is the Castelo da Pena featured a lot in these pics. You can stop and have a nice tourist-clogged lunch in Sintra before heading out and a nice castle there, too. I only saw half the mix with the half day there, so if you have some time, explore more. It’s in all the guidebooks and well worth the trip, a definite must-see. More pictures attached
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A hidden little garden folly that everybody misses
Sintra is not just a single town, but an entire wooded (unusually so in these arid parts) nature preserve about an hour and a half outside of Lisbon. Definitely well worth the drive and easy to find — the roads and signs in Portugal are outstanding. Plan a half a day, at least, to make the loop through the forest and the half dozen towns and castles and sites within the preserve. From Moor forts (damn Moors were everywhere!) to ornate castles to other follies; the sites are mind-blowing. The must-see is the Castelo da Pena featured a lot in these pics. You can stop and have a nice tourist-clogged lunch in Sintra before heading out and a nice castle there, too. I only saw half the mix with the half day there, so if you have some time, explore more. It’s in all the guidebooks and well worth the trip, a definite must-see.
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IF I COULD BUILD MY OWN CASTLE, IT WOULD LOOK LIKE THIS.
Sintra is not just a single town, but an entire wooded (unusually so in these arid parts) nature preserve about an hour and a half outside of Lisbon. Definitely well worth the drive and easy to find — the roads and signs in Portugal are outstanding. Plan a half a day, at least, to make the loop through the forest and the half dozen towns and castles and sites within the preserve. From Moor forts (damn Moors were everywhere!) to ornate castles to other follies; the sites are mind-blowing. The must-see is the Castelo da Pena featured a lot in these pics. You can stop and have a nice tourist-clogged lunch in Sintra before heading out and a nice castle there, too. I only saw half the mix with the half day there, so if you have some time, explore more. It’s in all the guidebooks and well worth the trip, a definite must-see.
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