Sintra Portugal – Stop In For A Bit!

Sintra, Portugal was suggested to us by the wonderful staff at Traveller’s Inn in Lisbon. We decided to take a day trip there once we found out all about it!

It’s very easy and quick to get there. The train costs about 5 euros and the trip takes about 40 minutes. Once you get there it is a quick 15 minute walk to down down a winding road on a hill with spectacular views of Portugal. Once in the center of town you can take a public bus to the Pena National Palace. The bus leaves right in front of the tourist office.

The Pena National Palace is also one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal. For this Palace, you can get tickets to the exterior or both the interior or exterior. I recommend just the exterior. There are amazing views of the surrounding countryside.

The second castle in Sintra is the Castle of the Moors. The Moors built this castle in the 9th and 10th century. The architecture kind of reminds me of the Great Wall of China.

The public bus takes you to both castles. It stops at the Pena National Palace first and then the Moorish Castle. You can buy a ticket for admittance into both places or buy your tickets separately. You should give yourself a whole day to see both castles.

TIP: Also ask the tourist office about the specialty pastries of the town. Only two bakeries make them so be sure to try them out! The Portuguese are known for their sweet tooth!

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