SintraApril 4 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C
Another big walking day. We cannot feel our feet but it was so worth it. Sintra is 40 minutes train ride from Lisbon. It is a "longtime royal sanctuary, its forested terrain is studded with pastel-colored villas and palaces" - quick wikipedia info. We had a quick wander around in this historic centre/main square area before we headed off to one of the palaces called Quinta da Regaleira. A gothic mansion from the 19th century and a big well which was drained and possibly used for cult ceremonies! The surrounding park is full of towers, lakes, waterfalls, palm trees and other weird features.
The second palace, Monserrate, and massive parque around was further away therefore less busy. Beautiful place with special rare species of plants and trees. The palace was designed with Indian and Islamic styles with many details and was funded by Sir Francis Cook, England richest man.
We ended the day in Sintra with a 1 pound soup which seems to be a common choice of the locals and can be found everywhere, good news for our budget :)Read more