Known as the “City of Palaces”, Sintra is one of the most beautiful places in Portugal. Located about 30 kilometers northwest of Lisbon, it is a corner where it seems that the time had stopped, a perfect setting for any fairy tale, which is why today we showed you a tour created by one of our users, Almudena, so you can enjoy the wonders of this Sintra one-day tour that begins with a snack in one of the most known bars in the area, the Casa das Queijadas, located at the train station in the town.
The Pena Palace is a World Heritage Site. This is a romantic style building and one of the principal residences of the Portuguese royal family during the nineteenth century.
This palace seated on large rocks, presents a mix of architectural styles totally intentional because the nineteenth century romantic mind is greatly fascinated by all the exotic.
The Parque da Pena seems a true romantic tale and it includes a variety of architectural features, as the Temple of the columns or the Mesa da Rainha, as well as paths between tall trees and native and exotic plant species.
The Castle of Sintra, better known as Moorish Castle is built on a rock mass, isolated in one of the peaks of the Serra de Sintra, and from its walls you can enjoy a privileged view of the area to the Atlantic Ocean.
The Quinta da Regaleira is another of the places you should visit and we were ordered to be built in the early twentieth century by Antonio Monteiro Cavalho.
Furthermore, this Portuguese villa has beautiful other palaces like the Sintra National Palace, Seteais Palace, Monserrate Palace and Palace of Queluz. The Capuchin Convent also has special interest, but to visit all these places require at least a couple of days in Sintra.
How to get there
From Lisbon, Sintra can be reached easily by train, leaving every 15 minutes from Rossio train station and it takes approximately 30 minutes. The price of the ticket, round trip is about 4 euros and the last train leaves at 24: 00 hours.
Once in Sintra, we must head to the historical center and to take the bus 434 to reach the Palacio da Pena and the Moorish Castle for about 5 €.
Tickets for these two places are available in the square (the combined price is 16 euros) and it is advisable to take the tram to the Palace, since it is located in a high inaccessible cliffs on foot. We can also opt to take a taxi, although this service is considerably more expensive.