A Day Trip to Sintra

Hello Lovelies!

As mentioned in my last blog post on Portugal, we headed out to Sintra for the day while in Lisbon. Located on the Sintra Mountains, you get to take in this gorgeous city as you drive up roads that lead you to incredible views. Sintra is surrounded by pastel palaces and covered in a unique forest landscape.

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So, how did we get around?

As we were traveling with Free & Easy, they organized the transportation for us. However, it definitely is something you can plan on your own.

Sintra is just a short 45 minute train ride from Lisbon. When we arrived, we were greeted by friendly guides who drove us around in Jeeps for the day. They were knowledgeable, and made sure we were having fun. They also provide a pick up/drop off service so you have free time to explore on your own.

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We then made our way up the mountains to reach Pena Palace!

Fun Fact: The red and yellow colours of the palace walls were chosen because they wanted it to look like a beautiful sunset.

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It’s important to note that on the day we went…it absolutely POURED on us. We got caught in a rain storm and were soaking wet for quite some time. This is why all my photos of the castle have that lovely fog surrounding it.

Gives it quite an eerie look.

As you make your way back down to leave, you get to walk through the gorgeous gardens of the palace.

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After Pena Palace, we got back in the Jeeps. We got to take in the scenery and the gorgeous architecture of the buildings around the city as we tired to find a place for lunch.

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Our last stop was Cabo Da Roca, which is the most western point in Europe.

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Overall, the day trip to Sintra was one of my favorite things we did in Portugal! It was different from Lisbon, fun, and allowed us to learn some of the history of Portugal. If you have the time, I would highly recommend making the trip out to Sintra.


 

Have you ever been to Sintra?
Is there anywhere else in Portugal you recommend checking out?

Let me know in the comments below!

Amanda x

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