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Stunning Sintra

Lovely day spent with John and Nat. We met at Rossio station to catch the 9.10 am train to Sinatra for 4.80 e return (40 mins) Trains left really frequently.

Once at Sintra we wandered the lovely streets of this fairyland village with castle towers and turrets and stunning buildings and gardens until we found an information centre. There was many castles, places, chalets to visit but we decided on an 18 E ticket for Pena Palace 15th & 18th Century and Moorish castle - 10th century

Rather than catch a bus up we decide to walk up the windy road to the top. This took from 10 till 3 pm

From the top views were amazing over Lisbon and Atlantic Ocean. To get to Pena Place we walked trough the beautiful grounds that had lakes, gazebos and beautiful; plants and trees.

Pena Palace has the finest examples of 19 th century Portuguese romanticism and It has a lot of moorish influence with turrets. It is coloured red and yellow and is so pretty against the blue sky. We explored through the many rooms - it was huge and stunning. Built by Queen of Portugal in 1819 and Don Fernandez .

In1755 the monastery part suffered serious damage in the earthquake and fell into disrepair. The walls of the monastery are a huge 5 foot thick. In 1838 Don Fernandez purchases it and it was restored and the new ochre palace added in to it.

Following Portugal becoming a republic in 1910 it was converted to a museum

The Moorish Castle could be seen from the Atlantic Ocean.

It has magnificent views both of the Atlantic coast and Lisbon it was able to defend both local territory and maritime access to Lisbon.

It was military fort built around the 10 th century by the Muslims when they occupied the Iberia Peninsula.

Has 2 circles of walls to protect the populations that settled on the hill within its walls.

Muslim rule finished in 1147 when King Alfonso Henriques won back control

Great views over town of Sintra and the other castles and chalets.

Once back in Lisbon we bought a 4 in 1 yellow hop on and off bus ticket for 24 e for 48 hours and went on the tram up to the castle.

Had a drink with great views over the Tagus river up there and then wandered the windy street streets decorated ready for the big party tomorrow

We ended up back near Rossio square for dinner and had bruschetta. Arranged to meet up with Nat & John in Madrid in a few days time

The village of Sintra

The village of Sintra


Sintra

Sintra


Sintra

Sintra


Sintra

Sintra


Castle walls and beautiful forests

Castle walls and beautiful forests


Sintra

Sintra


Pretty garden

Pretty garden


The colours of Sintra

The colours of Sintra


Beautiful Sintra

Beautiful Sintra


Gardens of Pena Palace

Gardens of Pena Palace


Looking up the the palace

Looking up the the palace


Yellow and red walls of Pena Palace

Yellow and red walls of Pena Palace


Pena Palace

Pena Palace


The old monastery section

The old monastery section


Views to the Atlantic

Views to the Atlantic


The 5 foot walls

The 5 foot walls


View to Moorish Castle over the hill

View to Moorish Castle over the hill


Exploring

Exploring


Turrets and walls

Turrets and walls


Selfie

Selfie


Castle

Castle


View over Atlantic Ocean

View over Atlantic Ocean


Walls cover the hillside

Walls cover the hillside


Atlantic Ocean

Atlantic Ocean


Pena Palace behind me

Pena Palace behind me


Ongoing walls

Ongoing walls


Pena Palace

Pena Palace


View to Pena Palace from Moorish Castle

View to Pena Palace from Moorish Castle


Pena Palace

Pena Palace


By the walls

By the walls


Leaving through the walls

Leaving through the walls


Tuk Tuk

Tuk Tuk


Home of the Nata

Home of the Nata


Lisbon

Lisbon


Lisbon Cathedral

Lisbon Cathedral


Our drink view

Our drink view


Dinner with Nat and John

Dinner with Nat and John


Outside of Rossio Station & my hostel

Outside of Rossio Station & my hostel

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Portugal

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