FAIRYTALE CASTLES AND MISTY FORESTS
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
325Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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Weather: Cool but sunny. Rain later.
Sintra is a 20 minute train journey N/W of Lisbon and you feel like you're in a fairytale book when you get off the train and make your way along narrow cobbled roads to the old city.
Just above the Atlantic Ocean, this is a Unesco world Heritage town with a 2000 year old history!
The hilly terrain allows for stunning views and the walk to the Moorish Castle up into misty forests takes you back to the 9th century when this rocky castle and fort was constructed by the Moors; its position on top of the highest hill would have given them views of invaders all along the coast. The hills are forested and green and lovely parks are dotted all over the town.
The national palace of Pena once home to royalty, is an ornate and eclectic mix of original Moorish and 19th century architecture. We wandered around the palace and found the incredibly ornate and complicated architecture and furnishings close to ugly and the inhabitants must have been cold in the winter!
The little town is made up of lanes and steps and looks pretty as you weave your way through.
Rain tumbled down as we made our way back to the station and to Lisbon.
Dinner later that night was at nearby Beleal and we enjoyed a seafood stew and some pickled octopus= a good finish to a scenic day.