Quinta Do Conde
Travel Blogs from Sintra
... and then the Pena Palace. You
could see both of these beautiful sites from the town center, high in
the mountains, dusted with mist and clouds. The bus drove up tight,
windy roads, almost taking its mirrors off on cars, buildings and
pedestrians. When we arrived, Kelsey was quite ready to exit the bus
as she tightly held my knee throughout the ride!
We entered the castle walls. We were
very high above the town of Sintra, and had ...
... with paintings, carvings, wood and tile. The furnishings from King Ferdinand's time are still intact, and are ornate, hand-carved wood pieces, some inlaid with Mother of Pearl. The exterior of the palace is painted in bright colors and is a classic example of Romanticism architecture. There are many carved pillars, some with a nautical theme, high look-out towers, and walls that surround the palace. The palace also has a commanding view of all of Sintra, the ...
... I managed to get there for the opening hour (happy hour – 1 Euro off the admission price – woohoo!) before the massive crowds of weekenders and group tourists descended on (or ascended to) the palace. Pena is a nineteenth century royal palace of pure fantasy almost on par with Mad King Ludwig’s creations in Bavaria, full of onion domes, turrets, crenelated towers, keyhole gates, stone snakes, bright exterior colors, bridges to nowhere, and faux-gothic and ...
... rather than romantic and overblown. Once roman, then arabic then portugese it was always a strategic fort as you can see from the sea to the port of Lisbon which is over 26km away. You can walk along its ramparts and experience real vertigo as thge drops are sheer and seem to go for miles....plus the paths are rocky, unprotected and open to all the elements on all sides. In England they would be no go but here , you take your own life in your own ...
This was a day trip from Lisbon, such an awesome place and definitely worth the 40min train ride from Lisbon to the north west. We looked up the places we wanted to see before we went because there is just so many things that it is not possible to do them all in just one day.
Pena castle - our first stop and what a beaut. If you look up sintra on google it will most likely be this castle that will come up first. It is ...
Other places to stay in Sintra
Praca Da Republica, Sintra | 4 star hotelfrom $76
- Once inside, the views are fantastic
- Views to die for
- Great location & view!
Rua dos Malmequeres, 1 - Janas, Sintra | 3 star hotelfrom $107
Rua Barbosa do Bocage 10, Sintra | 5 star hotelfrom $238
Avenida Alfredo Coelho S/N, Sintra | 3 star hotelfrom $82
Rua Consiglieri Pedroso 38-40, Sintra | 4 star hotelfrom $135
Largo Afonso Albuquerque No 25, Sintra | 2 star hotelfrom $102
Estrada Velha de Colares, Sintra | 3 star hotelfrom $170
Avenida Raul Solnado, 23-23A, Sintra | 2 star hotelfrom $52
Rua Dr. Alfredo Costa, n.0 15-17, Sintra | Hotelfrom $103