Day 2. Visiting Sintra from Lisbon

 

Sintra, Portugal
Walking to Sintra’s old town

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.

Sintra, Portugal
The main square, Sintra

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.

Sintra, Portugal
Sintra, Portugal
There was a signposted trail up to the Castello dos Mouros (Moorish Castle), so we decided to follow it.  The sign didn’t indicate the distance, which was at least an hour,  trekking along steep, often uneven paths.  It began raining and mist soon hung low over us, resulting in a lack of views at the summit, but it was at least warm rain.
Hillside trail, Sintra
Hillside trail, Sintra
Close to the castle lies the Pena Palace (Palacio de Pena) built in the 19th century.  We just admired the palace gardens and then retraced our steps back down.  Returning to civilisation in the town centre, gladly below the mist once again, we headed to a welcoming, brightly yellow painted cafe for coffee and a local pastry.

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.

Sintra
Sintra

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.

Typical Portuguese restaurant
Typical Portuguese restaurant

To escape the heavy rain we decided that some retail therapy might be the answer, so we took the metro to the Oriente Shopping Centre near to the airport.   It was a modern mall with the usual mix of stores. We spent our time window shopping and grabbing a snack in a McCafe.

Typical Portuguese restaurant meal
Dinner in Chiado, Lisbon

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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6 thoughts on “Day 2. Visiting Sintra from Lisbon

  1. Pingback: Day 1. A weekend in Lisbon – Love Travelling Blog

  2. After reading your post on Blackpool (which is a few miles from me) and now your Lisbon posts, I know I can “ trust” your travel blog as you describe places I know perfectly. I’m looking forward to reading more. So pleased to have found your blog. 😊

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