Sintra, Portugal ranks as one of my most favorite and magical places on earth. With a plethora of enthralling castles and monuments, this stunning hilltop village offers a wide array of worthwhile sites to see. From fairytale type Castles to rolling, pine covered hills, Sintra is full of photographic opportunities. As such, please enjoy my selection of photos of Sintra.
10 Photos of Sintra, Portugal to Persuade You to Go
1 – The National Palace
For dinner Allan and I drove down to the old, historic part of Sintra to enjoy a meal among cobblestone streets and lightly illuminated passageways. Nearby the National Palace commands center stage with its white facade and dual chimneys. Formerly a private residence from the 15th – 19th centuries, now it serves as a museum.
2 – The Pena Palace
After hours of driving aimlessly around the streets surrounding Sintra, trying in vain to find the Pena Palace, I gave up and hired a tuk tuk. The driver then navigated obscure one-way streets, around narrow bends and up steep hills to reach this whimsical wonder. Towering over Sintra, this fantasy style castle beams in bright blue, reds and yellows.
3 – The Pena Palace
4 – The Pena Palace
5 – The Pena Palace
6 – Pena Palace
7 – Old, Historic Downtown Sintra
The real charm of Sintra centers around the historic part of town. Lined with cafes and restaurants, Allan and I wandered around, without any specific plan. As the sun set, the sky lit up in yellow and orange, adding a celestial hue to this already heavenly hilltop town.
8 – Palacio de Monserrate
We toured the Palacio de Monserrate as our first stop in Sintra due to its convenient and ample parking. While I explored the lush, well-manicured grounds on foot, Allan hopped on the shuttle to more easily maneuver over the hilly terrain. Then we met at the stunning Palacio de Monserrate for a self-guided tour through its palatial halls.
9 – Quinta da Regaleira
As my final stop in Sintra, I explored the medieval looking Quinta da Regaleira. To me it represents the perfect spot to take a date or propose to a romantic partner. The luxurious grounds and pretty facade captured my attention, wooing me like a temptress.
10 – Quinta da Regaleira
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