I love big cities, but it’s a rather complex relationship. I need my alone time, too. Sorry, hustle and bustle, we aren’t meant to stay together for too long. Every city break I go on ends up with me on a getaway to the nearest pretty village. Or a castle. Or a pretty village with a castle.
That’s one of the reasons why I loved Portugal so much. There is so much to discover right outside the country’s main urban hubs, that you could base yourself in Lisbon or Porto for months, and you wouldn’t even be done gallivanting through all these little towns that are so cute it makes your eyes hurt (think Obidos, for example).
It’s been a year since I waved goodbye to Lisbon after a two-week road trip through Central and Northern Portugal, but I still have zillion images to publish and a few words to share.
I know, I’m terrible at keeping my blog chronological. But wait, doesn’t it actually make it more interesting? This is how I see it.
I don’t want to talk about my poor planning just now. I want to talk about Sintra. I’m sure you heard of it. Everyone goes on a trip to Sintra. It’s pretty, easy to get to on your own, it's famous enough. Of course, Sintra makes an obvious escape from Lisbon, located just a short train ride from Lisbon Rossio Station.
Logistics aside, who doesn’t like castles that remember sieges from centuries ago? Or grandiose palaces full of ballrooms? I’m not sure about you, but my inner child loves them.
If you agree, Sintra is your kind of place. It has not one, but 3 castles, and each of them was built in a different style. In Sintra, you will find a stone fortress from Middle Ages (Moorish Castle) standing right next to a pastel-colored Pena Palace, a sweet example of Romanticism in architecture. I’m sure it inspired Disney at some point. The third one, the National Palace, was built right in the heart of the town. It was home to Portuguese royal family for centuries. It’s certainly seen and heard a lot in the last half-millennium.
Some people say Sintra is a half-day tour kind of destination. I have to disagree. Here, I said it. I think I could totally spend two days there learning more about Portuguese history and fulfilling my childhood dreams about being a princess.
Did you like my images from Sintra? Or maybe you are planning a trip to Portugal and you would like to see more of the country on The Picktures?
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Thank you for taking this trip with me!