Visiting Pena Palace in Sintra, Portugal

When we visited Lisbon, our hostel proposed to go to Sintra. We had no idea it was so close to Lisbon. We hopped on the train since we had no car. The ride took about 45 minutes. Also, the train ticket was only 4,50 euros. So it’s very cheap to go and so worth it! We only had a day, but we easily could have stayed a day longer.

When you arrive at Sintra station, you can walk towards the centre. It’s not that far, just a bit uphill. There is also a bus stop next to the station if you want to go straight to one of the castles. I recommend taking the bus and not one of the hundreds of tuk-tuks as they’re more expensive.

Pena Palace

Pena Palace is the main attraction in Sintra. You can’t miss out on this one! It’s a stunning castle full of colours. It’s very fairytale-alike. Or in more contemporary terms, “This place is an Instagrammer’s heaven.” We went as early as we could to avoid the crowds. It’s the one stop everyone takes. So I suggest to go early or just before closing time. We decided to go inside the palace too. Even though we only had one day. There is a lot to see! We walked around for 2-3 hours. Then we walked all the way around the exterior and followed all the little paths. Of course, we got lost on the grounds surrounding the palace. We discovered a lot of beautiful things here with no other tourists around. So my advice would be: please do get lost here.

After visiting the city centre and Pena Palace, and getting lost around Pena Palace, we didn’t have any time left to visit other castles. We hoped to have more time to visit other castles too. We also wanted to visit the Castelo dos Mouros and the Quinta da Regaleira. But I guess we’ll have to come back another time!


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