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Discovering Sintra, Portugal

If time permits, this is a place not to be missed. Just about an hour train ride from Lisbon, you’ll arrive Sintra town which is a quaint, quiet and beautiful place for a day trip.

PS: If you’re getting the Viva Viagem card, the route to Sintra is also covered, giving you one less reason for not visiting this magical place.

There are a lot of sights and places of interest in Sintra and depending how much time do you have, the top two places not to be missed are Moorish Castle and Pena Palace.

Moorish Castle

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This is the magnificent view which awaits you at the end of your hike up. Before you get there, you’ll have to endure strong wind and steep steps but I assure you if I can do it, anyone can. You just have to be patient and don’t give up.

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These are the remains of the castle and they are beautifully kept to be honest. Be warn that the walkway is rather narrow and a single way street. Also realize how there’s no railing or any form of safety measure, so stay close to the walls!

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These are other beautiful parts of Moorish Castle grounds which is before you arrive the castle ground. You’d have to take about a kilometer walk in this beautiful setting and I for sure am not complaining. The walk in enjoyable as you’re on higher ground with cooler weather, green and scenic path, non-steep route, what more could you ask for?

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And this is the beautiful door that brings you to the magical path all the way up to the Moorish Castle! It is definitely a very enjoyable walk and it feels as though I am in the woods.

Pena Palace

Prior to my trip I did lots of research and based on all my googling, Pena Palace seemed to be on everyone’s list and even rated as the number one place to visit.

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What a spectacular, spectacular castle. The vibrant colours and beautiful architecture will surely make you go ‘wow’ at first sight. This palace looks like it fits a modern day 21st century king and queen who are about standing out, bold colours and not sticking to the traditional realms of how a palace should look like.

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The devil is in the detail and just look at these beautifully designed architecture, the play of tiles, colours and design. Doesn’t this just inspire you or tickle your artistic side of the mind?

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Sintra itself is a very quaint small town. People here are more laid-back, the town seem to inviting.

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I mean look at how cute is this?!

If ever on the fence between taking a day trip out to Sintra or staying in Lisbon, I’d say make plans here and do not look back!

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