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Sintra (Santa Maria e São Miguel)

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  • Day137

    Sintra and the Moorish influence

    January 18, 2017 in Portugal

    There are so many amazing places in this planet and I've hit another one. Took the local train this morning and 40 minutes later I'm in another National Park. I was surprised how much influence the Moorish (Moroccans) had in this area particularly in architecture. Lots of beautiful tile and Muslim influence. Visited the mansion, grottos, church, gardens and underground caves and labrynth. Wales 2km uphill to see the castle and holy crap I thought my lungs were going to pop; thank god it was all downhill on the way back. I was exhausted when I got back to the hostel. Total walking kms today in walking , 14!Read more

  • Day4

    Trip to Sintra - Part Two

    April 16, 2017 in Portugal

    Unser zweites Ziel im historischen Zentrum von Sintra war der Palast Quinta da Regaleira. Das Anwesen besteht aus einem Palast, einer Kapelle und einem großzügigen Park mit Seen, Grotten, Brunnen, Brücken und einem unterirdischen Tunnelsystem. In diesem Park wirkt alles sehr mystisch, viele kleine verschlungene Wege, der Natur lässt man oft einfach ihren Lauf. Der Park ist riesig und die Menschenmengen fallen gar nicht auf. Gerade wenn es sehr heiß ist, bieten die Grotten und die vielen hohen Bäume kühle Plätze. Ungewöhnlich ist der Turm, der in die Erde gebaut wurde. Man kann über eine Treppe dem Turm in die Tiefe folgen. Unten angekommen gelangt man über eine Grotte wieder nach draußen.
    Mir persönlich hat dieser Ort besser gefallen, als das Schloss heute morgen. Wir sind noch ca. zwei Stunden durch den sehr verwunschen wirkenden Park gebummelt und haben uns dann auf den Weg zum Bahnhof und zurück nach Lissabon gemacht.
    Auf der Online- Suche bei TripAdvisor nach einer Location für ein zünftigen Abendmahl, was wir uns nach dem anstrengenden Tag verdient hatten, sind wir nicht so richtige fündig geworden. Lecker und Ambiente ist manchmal schwierig. Auf dem Weg zu einem Kompromiss, sind wir dann doch über ein Lokal gestolpert, was es gerade erst drei Wochen gibt, mit kleiner feiner Karte und einem tollem Ambiente.
    Einen kleinen Schlaftrunk gab es dann noch und jetzt liegen wir vom Staub des Tages befreit und kaputt im Bett und freuen uns auf einen weiteren Sommertag morgen...
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  • Day8

    Und nun noch nach Sintra.
    Er sehr schönes gepflegtes Örtchen mit vielen alten Villen und Palästen.
    Wir parken etwas außerhalb und laufen (den Berg hoch) um dem Auto und Touristen Chaos etwas zu entfliehen.

  • Day38

    Cascais beach & Sintra palaces

    August 6, 2017 in Portugal

    We took the train along the coast to Cascais, a beautiful beach town. It's a great place to go for a dive and have some ice cream at the famous Santini gelato shop! We also had fun browsing a local bookshop.
    The next day we took the train to Sintra, a cute and colourful village in the hills. We hiked the Rampa de Pena (Pena Ascent) to the palaces, which are perched on the tops of the biggest hills:
    • Quinta da Ragaleira - beautiful palace gardens
    • Castelo dos Mouros (of the Moors) - built in the 8th and 9th centuries and held until 1147.
    • Palácio Nacional da Pena - Romanticist palace in bright yellow and red
    We hiked down through some lovely gardens with waterfalls. And we finished the day with a bike peddle-powered smoothie.
    Thanks Luis and Filipa, for the great tips!
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  • Day4

    Sintra, Portugal

    May 15, 2016 in Portugal

    After a week of back-to-back traveling with limited WiFi access, Ben and I have landed in Valencia, Spain and finally have some free time to do some updating.

    On our last day in Portugal we gathered our ragtag hostel family (an Irishman, two Brits, and 6 Canadians), and set out from Lisbon to hike the national park surrounding Sintra.

    The foreshadowing for the failure of the hike would have been the 1litre beers on the train there, followed by everyone buying 2-4 road beers for the trip up. After getting advice from multiple locals, as well as being lead by our google maps-guided leader Ben (himself being the only one knowing anything about the hike), we set off.

    After following a winding road from the town for a couple hours, dodging cars along the way, we never did find the entrance to the hike. We did however find a pub with beer and the very important Benfica - National soccer game on, the results of which we got to enjoy while partying later that night in Lisbon.

    So although we didn't get to do the actual hike, we did get to spend our last day in Portugal having fun with some absolutely incredible people. A random group who met in a hostel in Lisbon, bonded by an indescribable travel experience.

    "Mustard!"
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  • Day75

    Today’s plan was to spend the day in Sintra, a small resort town about 30 km NW of Lisbon. It was the summer getaway of Portugal’s kings and anyone wealthy enough with a desire to live amongst royalty. Getting to Sintra meant a 2 km walk to central Lisbon; a 50 minute train ride; a tourist bus to one of the main sites, Pena Palace; and a 15 minute uphill walk to the Palace entrance. This really did feel like Disneyworld, not only because of the extravagant castle but there were so many people. It must be wild during tourist season. We first explored the whimsical exterior of the 19th century castle and then John noticed black clouds approaching so we went indoors just as heavy rainfall began. The inside has been very well maintained and English descriptions in each room were helpful. We spent about an hour admiring the displays and imagining the lifestyle of royalty in that era.

    By then the rain had let up a little so we headed back down the hill to the bus stop. Within minutes there was another downpour that drenched us. There were about 100 people waiting in line for the bus so we had to wait about 20 minutes for the 2nd bus. I had planned to see more of Sintra but we were both wet and cold and it was still raining, so we got the next train back to Lisbon. John’s knees were troubling him today, more so than usual as he actually agreed to take the Tylenol I offered him. He normally refuses because “it causes liver damage”. I find it interesting that he isn’t overly concerned about the potential liver damage from drinking beer, wine or scotch! And that was the soggy end of our day trip to Sintra.
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