Lost in Wonderland

I went to Sintra, Portugal for the day… What might actually be the coolest place I’ve ever been. I’m going to break the day into two posts because I’m just so excited and have so much to say about what is a real wonderland.

Let’s see, transportation was almost too easy. They have an Oyster card like system so we hopped on a train (every 15 minutes, literally at the station when we arrived) for €4 (like $5). The trip was 45 minutes and we got a cab at the station for €7 ($8.75, and literally the only money you need to spend bc it’s all downhill from there) to the very top of the most magical castle……. Palacio da Pena.

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We started with the exterior of the palace and skipped purchasing the extra ticket actually into the palace.

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As you can see it’s the highest point in the area. Not far from it is an old Moorish castle. We decided to skip going in (heard it’s not worth it) and just explored the outside on our walk to town. But you can also see a good shot of it from the palace. It kind of blends in with the greenery but I got the best shot I could.

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As amazing as the castle was, I’m not even sure if I could call it the best part. Around the palace were acres and acres of woods, gardens, and paths. It was incredible. We didn’t quite see all of it because it literally would’ve taken a day, but hit the highlights. Also, the maps are a little rough so we were lost/exploring stumbling upon most of this…

we first hit the temple of columns:

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That was on our walk up to the Cruz Alta.

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It was the highest point across from it and you had to stand on unsteady rocks taking in the world. Next were the Fountain of the Preta and Fountain of the Small Birds.

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It was densely wooded along the way with wonderful fountains and other chapels.

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Last was the Valley of the Lakes and the Duck Houses.

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From there we walked around the Moorish Castle stated earlier above into town and saw some of the remains and more amazing views. And because Pena is at the top, literally everything is downhill and close from there.

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Last but not least, once in the town, there was of course the evil witch’s house I have to add…

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Oh and the Sintra National Palace….. But it was just lame after everything else. We simply walked by.

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