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  • Day75

    Sintra

    August 12, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    We slept in until around noon since we were so tired after a bad night of sleep on the overnight train followed by a night of partying until 4 am. When we finally woke up we went to the Time Out market which is a food market owned by Time Out magazine which is supposed to showcase some of the best chefs in Lisbon. The area was really cool with lots of delicious food options. We chose to get food from the only woman chef at the market, and she made an amazing duck rice! After lunch we took the train to the nearby city of Sintra. Sintra is a city very popular among tourists for its beautiful castles and palaces. We got in around 4 pm so we did not have much time to explore. We started our trip by visiting São Martinho palace in the old city area. The palace was really cool with two large cone shaped chimneys. My favorite room was the kitchen because it was really interesting to look up into the chimneys. The palace also had nice well groomed gardens. Next, we made our way over to Castelo dos Mouros which is a castle built by the Moors in the 10th century. The castle was crazy with stone walls that you could walk around. The whole place felt like the set of a medieval movie. It was really cool to walk around and made you feel like you were in a fantasy land! We all viewed this to be one of the highlights of our trip so far. It was really foggy during our visit, which prevented us from seeing the views from the walls of the castle, but it also made things seem mysterious. It made us feel like we had to protect the castle grounds from an impending invasion! We then made our way to the nearby palace. Sadly we could not walk the palace grounds because it was closed by the time we got there. This was a shame since this is supposed to be the highlight of Sintra. I definitely plan on making sure to go if I’m ever back in Portugal! We then made our way back to Lisbon, had dinner, and called it a day! The next morning we woke up early to explore LX factory, the hipster area of Lisbon. We had breakfast in a cafe there and then walked around, stopping in a few cute shops. The area was really fun with lots of bright and colorful graffiti. My favorite art piece was a bald eagle dressed in a business suite. On the way back to get our bags at the hostel we stopped to have one last pastel de nata before heading out to Portugal’s second city, Porto!Read more