Sintra and the Sea

Sintra | Castles and Palaces

Sintra is a maze of Moorish, Ibirical and Gothic architecture.

We stayed with friends while we were in Lisbon, and knowing nothing much of Lisbon and the surrounding area we would have missed this amazing town completely!

However, it is easy to get from – a train ride north of Lisbon.

The town of Sintra it’s self is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Pena Palace and the Castle of the Moors are beyond this world. No other place hasĀ hilltop castles to match these!

We visited the Quinta da Regaleira estate, on the outskirts of the town. The estate was built by an eccentric nobleman in the late 1800’s. The gardens surrounding the Gothic house are the main attraction, with secret tunnels behind waterfalls and the famous well, pictured below.

 

The Sea | Cascais, Cabo da Roca, Praia da Torre.

 

Another advantage to driving in Lisbon is the ability to get to such places on the coast.

Cascais is a beautiful area at the mouth of the Tagus River, and features some amazing beaches. Here, at Praia da Torre, you can see the old navy fort used for protecting the port of Estril.

Cabo da Roca is the most westerly point of mainland europe. It was amazing to see how the weather changes with location. We drove down the mountain out of Sintra and as we reached this part of the coast there was a strong wind and mist over the sea. The landscape was rough and the water was wild. Driving back around the coast to Cascais, the weather turned back to sun and a mild breeze!

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