Just a short train ride from Lisbon – Sintra

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Hop on the train in Lisbon and in less than an hour you can be in Sintra. A fairy tail city which is full of surprises. Here a unique micro climate has led to an almost jungle like fauna and everywhere in the green hilly surroundings lies old castles and palaces spread out, just waiting to be explored. There are so many of them that you could spend several days exploring. I managed to see two of the most famous once. The Castle of the Moors & the Pena Palace.

From the center there are shuttle buses that will take you to different entrance points but after all pastry eating in Lisbon I felt like a hike. 🙂 Small paths through the forested hills takes you up in about 45 minutes to 1 hour. My first stop was the castle. Unfortunately this day was a bit cloudy but there was still good views from there. Afterwards I continued walking for about another 30 minutes and reached the Pena Palace. Even though in clouds and under construction it was a delight to see this colorful creation. Inside all furnished rooms took you back in time. Can you spot my selfie?

Not only the palace is amazing but also the mysterious surrounding gardens called the Pena gardens. I really loved being in Sintra. A week later Angelo, my teacher, took me & Robert to Sintra for another short visit. But he also told us that tourists only reaches a small part of this area. There are so much rough nature to be discovered which is better reached by private vehicles or by a longer hike. Don´t miss this! You will be enchanted!

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About Jenny Trozell

Swedish girl with a passion for travelling, Latin dance and meeting new interesting and fun people :-)

Posted on August 31, 2014, in Portugal and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Great shots; I love that place 🙂 You brought back some nice memories.

  2. It looks stunning, never thought of visiting but will have to think again!! Your selfie is very subtle, had to look carefully to spot it, loved the black swan pic too.

  3. Brings back wonderful memories of time spent there – lovely photographs, thanks!

  4. Beautiful! Excellent tip for when I make it to Portugal — thanks 🙂

  5. Cool selfie! I think you were really lucky with your language teaches, introducing you to all the non-touristy places:)

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