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Thursday, 21 September 2017

Experiencing the delights of Sintra

Sintra is a great place for sightseeing. It is very popular with tourists. We just visited there in September and it was still heaving with people. Parking is difficult we just had to leave our car at the side of the road on a narrow street. Sintra is known for its many 19th-century Romantic architectural monuments which have made it a Unesco World Heritage site. Of the many former royal palaces, we decided to visit just one, Quinta da Regaleira, we waited for a bus to take us to the palace but after about 15 minutes decided to walk to it which only took 20 minutes. The buildings, gardens, and sculptures are all fantastic and well worth a visit. There is a lot of walking involved in seeing all of the attraction, we did the palace, gardens, and chapel. The gardens include tunnels leading to the Initiation Wells, or inverted towers, which are underground towers with stairs. I waited for ages to try to get a photo with no one on the stairs but it was impossible, so my photos have random people in them. It took us so long to get around the place that we had to have a sit-down and coffee before making our way back to the car.

























Our accommodation for our stay in Sintra was just outside the center at a guesthouse called 'Very Quiet Place'  where we had self-contained accommodation and is an ideal place to stay if your sightseeing in Sintra, Lisbon or just visiting beaches. After a tiring day sightseeing, it is great to have a dip in the pool with a nice glass of wine.

A 'very quiet place' to chill after a day sightseeing

8 comments:

  1. Wow - this place doesn't look real!

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  2. Sintra was one of my favourite stops in Portugal, a fairytale palace. Your photos are sublime :)

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    1. Yes it is a beautiful place. Thank you

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  3. I Love Sintra. We did our first visit there a few years ago and we had to go back when we stayed in Lisbon last. We didn't get to stay there but it is something I desperately want to do. I did see all of the cars parked on the sides of the roads and I was worried about how close other cars had to get to get past them. It is such an amazing town.

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    1. Yes we were worried when we left our car at the side of the road while we visited one of the palaces, but it was fine

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