Sintra is a world heritage site situated 10 miles north of Lisbon. We took a pleasant drive along the windy roads to this village up in the hills. The whole area is made up of several palaces and castles. We have an arrangement between us, I do all the driving and Jane is the tour guide, and so its up to her (generally) what we see and in what order.
The first palace we visited was a short walk from the car park, it was very interesting with great decor and some stunning tile work and a nice garden, but this wasn’t what had caught Jane’s eye in the guide book…….
“Where is the Palacio National da Pena” she inquired of a friendly local. When he pointed to the top hill beyond and said 1.5 kilometers straight up, the blood just drained from her face!
But with the bribe of an ice cream at the top, off we set.
The walk/climb was very hard work.
Even when we got to the gate, we still had a 20 minute walk uphill till we got to the entrance.
All the effort was rewarded by a very ornate castle, but what made it for us were the breathtaking views. You could see Lisbon in the distance……
After the long hike up the hill (or mountain as Jane refers to it) we thought we would descend in style.
I would love to visit there, the walk sounds tough, but highly rewarding with those views. Would probably have to do it alone though, my other half would most likely chicken out. For me it would be a worthwhile challenge.
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She could catch the bus up, whilst you could catch your breath!