While visiting my godmother in Lisbon, my cousin took us on a trip to Sintra, one of my favourite places in Portugal. It’s a very special place to me and I remember very well how impressed I was as a child when my parents took me there during our summer holidays. Sintra is a municipality in the Lisbon region and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The town is located on a mountain west of Lisbon and mostly famous for its romantic 19th century palaces, parks and its micro-climate, which is much more humid than in the surrounding area.
Palácio Nacional da Pena / Pena National Palace
Pena Nacional Palace is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Portugal. I remember visiting it multiple times with my family and it left quite an impression on me. After driving up the narrow cobblestone street, where two cars can barely pass each other, the palace finally came into sight towering on the top of a mountain.
Pena National Palace is a colourful and remarkable example of 19th century Portuguese romanticism and a former summer residence of Portuguese kings. We visited the king’s and queen’s rooms, the servants quarters, the chapel and the kitchen, where they keep all kinds of original utensils that were once used there. It was actually quite difficult to take pictures there, as the place was swarming with tourists!
After seeing the palace and enjoying the spectacular view up there, we decided to take a stroll through the palace’s park. The park surrounding the palace is characterized by fountains, grottos, rare botanical species and remarkable landscaping.
The visit to the park was quite short, as we still wanted to visit Quinta da Regaleira – another famous palace in Sintra that I’ll show you next week 🙂
See you soon! 🙂
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