Lisbon is a great European destination for many reasons. There is plenty to do in the city, and also there are great day trips to do nearby. There are many beaches to hit if you are there in the warm season. The views (Miradouros) around town are Continue Reading
If you visit Lisbon, you must visit Sintra. From Rossio Square in central Lisbon take the train a quick 30 minutes to the small town Sintra that is surrounded by royal retreats, estates, castles and other buildings, including the mediaeval Castelo dos Mouros, the Pena National Palace and the Sintra National Palace. We also visited Convento de Santa Cruz da Serra da Sintra (Convent of the Capuchos) and Quinta da Regaleira. Plan at least one day to visit Sintra, if not two depending on how quick you move around to sites.
Our last site of the day was the Castelo dos Mouros or Castle of the Moors that is perched high above the town if Sintra. Many are tempted to start here since the castle is easily spotted from Sintra coming in on the train and appears close. But I Continue Reading
If you go to Lisbon, save 1 day and go to Sintra. You can get there by train within a half hour or 45 minutes and we were able to see 4 sites all in 1 day. We spent about 8 hours in Sintra and visited Quinta da Regaleira, Convent of the Capuchos Continue Reading
For our second stop of the day we grabbed a taxi and made our way to the Convento de Santa Cruz da Serra da Sintra or Convent of the Capuchos which it is also called. Now this is truly a unique place. And surprisingly there was almost nobody there Continue Reading
This was our first stop of the day in Sintra. The Quinta da Regaleira is a short walk from the train station and center of town. On the way we stopped for some pastries and cappuccinos to gather strength for the morning. The property is large, and Continue Reading