A Visit to Sintra and the summer palaces
Trip Start Jun 06, 2014
15Trip End Jun 21, 2014
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We visited the National Palace(Palacio National), which dates to the 15th century and is the oldest palace in the area. Originally started as a hunting lodge it was expanded over time and now meanders over the hillside with multiple levels and corresponding steps that need to be traversed. Although it has been called the Versailles of Portugal it is nowhere as elegant or size of the real thing. It does have some great period furniture and porcelain tile which decorate its walls
After an hour to explore Sintra on our own we returned to Lisbon via the seaside resort area of Cascais- lots of sandy beaches, big waves and fancy hotels on the Atlantic Ocean.
A longer than normal nap regenerated our bodies and we are now preparing to go out to a local restaurant for dinner and to experience a Fado show, the national music of Portugal.
Weather remains perfect and we are hoping it lasts.