Thursday, 14 September 2017

Day trip to Lisbon

We did a trip to Lisbon for the day. As we were staying just outside Sintra we drove to the railway station Portela de Sintra, not Sintra railway station, where you can park all day for €1.50 and it is difficult to park at the other one. The journey into Lisbon took about 40 minutes and we wanted to visit the castle of Sao Jorge, which was on top of a hill not far from the station. There is a tram that you can take up to the castle, but there were so many people waiting to take it, they estimated 1 hour before you would get on a tram, so we walked it in about 20 minutes. It was well worth the walk as it is a magnificent Moorish castle overlooking the city and river Tagus and was built during the medieval period in Portugal. It was very hot and there was a queue to buy tickets but there was plenty of shade once you got in. The panoramic views over the city were very good.

Street Art on the way to the castle

and more

This is why there were so many people at the castle

Didn't quite make it back home

Rua Augusta Arch

Santa Justa Lift

We enjoyed our visit very much and then went to the cathedral which was very nice and dates back to the 4th century. During its presence, it has been occupied by many different tribes and religions including Visigoths, Moors, and Christians and is now Roman Catholic. It is made up of a lot of different styles of building due to damage caused by earthquakes and has been a national monument since 1910.
After this, we took the train back to Sintra, having enjoyed the visit.


  1. Glad you are having a good time. Best wishes. Pat 😊

    1. Yes we had a great time in Portugal. It is still hot here, what are you up to these days?

  2. Enjoyed visiting your blog.Been to Lisbon last year. Pics are great. Bon voyage

    1. Thank you, This was our second visit to Lisbon and we had a different experience both times

  3. Lisbon is a place where history seems to follow you at every step. The beautiful structures, the cobbled streets, all make for an intriguing ambience that renders an old world charm to the city.