Sintra, Portugal: Classic fairy tail in the hills

Sintra, Portugal Kings, queens, palaces, and castles all in a beautiful little town made us think we had fallen asleep and woken up in a story book.  A little more than a hour north on a train, it is common for people to take a day trip to Sintra from Lisbon to visit the two major sites.  After hearing about the cute bed and breakfast hotels there, Beau and I decide to stay a night and relax in the chill town at the Miradouro.  We were very glad we had the great night of rest under our belt after we started our expedition.  One thing you will note about Sintra, if you visit, is all the walking up and down hills.Palacio de Pena Entrance flowers at Palacio de Pena Palacio de Pena Sintra below from Palacio de Pena The two major sites to visit are the Palacio de Pena and the Castelo dos Mouros.  The Palacio de Pena (the Palace of Pena) was a breath-taking sight.  The use of vivid color and textures cover the exterior and interior of the Palace.  The vivid color illuminates through the bright red and yellow facade, interior paints, the graphic and organic tiles used inside and out, and landscape.  Every corner you turn in the Palace you will also find a new detailed carving or pattern in the stone that such depth to each plane.  We could have spent hours exploring and photographing this beautiful piece of art.Entry of Palacio de Pena Tiles of Palacio de Pena Portagese tile Palacio de Pena

Castelo dos Mouros was a fun and exciting place to experience.  The view are amazing and it make you understand the purpose of the historic structure.  I can't imagine what it would have been like to be in the Castle during its prime.  All in all it is fun day back in time. 

Castelo dos MourosCastelo dos Mouros

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4 Responses to Sintra, Portugal: Classic fairy tail in the hills

  1. TR says:

    Stunning blog! Beautiful photos of BA! This is a great find. This is my kind of travel blog. TR

  2. I keep thinking your photos can’t get better, but they do. Impressive!
    BTW, we just bought our tickets to Istanbul. See you in a few months!

  3. Catherine says:

    LOL, I was just going to say the same thing. Good god, they just keep getting more and more amazing!

  4. Cruz says:

    Very nice your comments and pitcures about that beautiful village. I hope to know it soon!