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Unique. Beautiful. Fairytale. Those who visit Lisbon must also visit Sintra. You are often told that before the trip and it is no different on the spot.
A day trip to the city full of castles, palaces and fairytale views is a must if you are already in the immediate vicinity.
Knights and princesses
We all used to dream of having lived in the Middle Ages.
The boys wanted to be the brave knights who had wiped out everyone as needed, while the girls dreamed of being the princess who was eagerly awaiting her dream prince.
Most of the time the somewhat feral knight came and grabbed the princess before the dream prince could even say “White Horse”.
But that’s another story.
Back to the present! Hop, hop!
If you still want to see and experience castle life today, you can perfectly organise your time during the city trip to Lisbon and treat yourself to a fairytale-like day.
In the early hours of the morning we leave from Rossio station in Lisbon and take a train for almost €2 per person and a 40-minute drive towards Sintra.
The way to the castle
Once you arrive in Sintra, you have to decide whether you want to take the easy, tourist and very crowded way up to the castles and fortresses either compressed like sardines in the bus. Or whether you prefer to walk for an hour and enjoy a breathtaking, beautiful and unforgettable path full of beautiful views and even more dreamlike impressions.
According to the motto “The way is the goal” I can warmly recommend the small hike up.
Let me be honest!
The one hour quickly turns into three or more hours, but there are wonderful shreds of memories in digital form for your personal photo album.
On the way up, shortly before the first castles and palaces, there is a small, sweet café, where you can sip a drink while on the way, and enjoy an unforgettably beautiful view of another castle on the terrace.
The colorful Palácio da Pena
Arrived at the probably most famous castle of Sintra, the Palácio da Pena, you will first get rid of about 10.- €, depending on whether you only want to visit the park around or the inside of the castle.
For my part, I find the cheaper variant with the ticket for the park more than enough, as here everything can be visited up to the inner courtyard.
The castle itself is something very special. It presents itself rather shrill, colourful and almost kitschy and enchants the far too many tourists with its uniqueness.
If there is still time, the castle Castelo dos Mouros can be visited, which, by the way, is also very visible from the Palácio da Pena.
Among us a little insider tip!
In order to enjoy the Palácio da Pena in complete beauty, you can make another small hike of about 15 minutes to the High Cross.
I hope that you can enjoy more sun and less wind.
Convento dos Capuchos
If there is any time left, the Convento dos Capuchos should be beautiful. This is a monastery that counteracts the kitsch of Sintra and stands out with its natural beauty.
In order to save you an overpriced taxi ride there, you have the possibility to get on a bus at the entrance of the Palácio da Pena and be driven directly on the spot.
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