A Journey to the Romantic City of Sintra

I’ve been having a hard time thinking how to write this post about Sintra. Today we are having such great weather in Thailand despite the fact that it’s rainy season here. One of the staff members in the place where I’m staying at told me that the past few weeks, Southern Thailand has been surprisingly nice and dry and it was. I’ve been enjoying my time down here. So I went out to see my motorbike lady to pick up my bike only to find out that she’s out this morning. This is what I do when I’m avoiding to write, I find something more fun to do. But she’s out. I have to write.

When I got back to my bungalow, I opened my email and was delighted to receive an email from a reader and he writes: “I spent hours reading about your trips and getting lost in your photographs…”

And I thought, that’s it! It just inspired me to write this post about one of the place I would love to get lost again and again and again- Sintra.

Compared to my other posts, I just want to share the photos I took from my day tour in Sintra and maybe you’ll also get lost with my photos or best, book a plane ticket to visit this beautiful city.

Sintra National Palace

Sintra National Palace

Sintra is a city just outside of Lisbon and is a popular tourist destination. I haven’t heard about this place before but my friend has researched about it and recommended that we come here and so we took the train from Rossio station in Lisbon’s city center. The train ride is about 40 minutes and it costs Eur 8 ($11) for a round trip ticket. What I first saw made me smile.

Tuk Tuk in Sintra

While we were walking towards downtown Sintra, the first thing I noticed was there was a Tuk Tuk. I can’t believe that there is a tuk tuk in Europe. It reminded me so much of my adventures Southeast Asia. I thought that well, I will really like this place.

Downtown Sintra

We really lucked out on the weather this time as we were praying the day before to have zero rain for our day trip to Sintra, and sunshine is what we got!

Our first stop was downtown Sintra. The center itself is very pretty. Here’s what we found out on our walks.

More Sunshine

Hello sunshine!

Alley 1

Cobble stone streets

Alley 2

Yellow houses

Alley 3

Pretty little shops

Alley 4

Portuguese steps

Now that we got the taste of downtown, we went to where we’re going to spend most of our time in Sintra, the magnificent castles that truly makes this city a World Heritage Site.

The second point of interest that we stopped by is the Quinta da Regaleira.

Quinta da Regaleira

The happy tourists

Quinta da Regaleira Garden

Aside from the romantic palace itself, the estate consists of a luxurious park with grottoes, fountains and many beautiful flowers in its garden.

Quinta da Regaleira view

Sintra view from Quinta da Regaleira

Walking from the train station to downtown Sintra and Quinta da Regaleira is fairly easy. However, if you want to get to the castles, you’d have to ride a hop on hop off bus that runs every 20-30 minutes downtown as the roads to get to the castle are winding and you’d have to literally trek through mountains. So we took the bus to get to one of the most photogenic castles in Sintra.

Pena Palace

Wow was the only word that I could say when I first saw this palace.

Pena Palace View

It’s like a castle pulled out from a fairy tale book. We loves it!

Here are a few more views from the palace:

Pena View 1

Pena View 2

Pena View 3

Before visiting the next and final stop of our trip, we passed by the beautiful gardens of Pena.

Anna Walking in Sintra

The way to the garden

People who have traveled with me know how much I love to walk. These comfy shoes have been with me to hundreds of cities. If you’re traveling anywhere in Portugal, it is necessary to bring comfy shoes. You’ll enjoy the scenery more especially in a place like Sintra.

Pena Garden

The Garden of Pena

Our last stop: The Moors Castle

Moors Castle

I’m so glad that we had the Moors castle as our last stop. Among the castles that we visited, this is my favorite. It’s situated on the top most part of the mountain with the most magnificent views of Sintra.

Moors Castle View

It’s quite a hike to get here but the views will not disappoint.

There you have it- my postcards from Sintra and I hope you enjoyed it! Now off I go to track down my motorbike lady.

Have a nice weekend everyone!


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