Breakfast at the Hotel Jorge V was relaxed, with the usual assortment of hot and cold dishes on offer. Our plan for the day was to visit the UNESCO World Heritage town of Sintra a short 30 minute rail journey from Lisbon. Sintra’s old town was a 20 minute walk from the station, the walk providing us with views of the Sierra de Sintra mountains in the distance.
Arriving at the National Palace we were spellbound by its gorgeous Moorish influences. It features two enormous conical chimneys, a landmark photograph which seems to be the icon of the town.
The train back to Lisbon was crowded with Benfica football supporters going to watch their team play Porto, conveniently for them, our train stopped at the Benfica stadium station. On leaving Rossio railway station, we noticed another funicular across the road, this was the Elevador de Gloria, so we took a ride to the Jardin de San Pedro.
This is a leafy, residential suburb high over the city centre. There were photo viewpoints nearby but visibility was very poor as it was now raining heavily and the mist was thickening.
After a rest back at our hotel, it was then time for dinner. There were very few options open in the evenings in the CBD near us, so we travelled by metro to Chiado and found a cosy small restaurant there. We noticed other diners having steak and chips, so decided on the same, not very Portuguese, I know, so we ordered a bottle of the local red wine to make up for it!
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