December 6, 2012
Here’s the last installment of the Portugal series. After spending time in Lisbon and the Algarves, we spent our last day visiting Sintra and the Pena palace. Gorgeous place, and the perfect way to spend our the last moments in Portugal. I’ll let the photos do most of the talking.
We got up early in the morning and after some confusion, found the train station and got on the train to Sintra, which is about a 30 minute trip from Lisbon. After some major kerfuffles getting off the train (our tickets for the train are supposed to scan and let us leave the train – ours didn’t work and we had to pry open the turnstile door), we got on a bus that brings you waaaaay up the mountain to Pena palace. We took 10,000,000 photos of this fairytale castle:
We had a quick lunch at the palace after spending hours exploring and taking photos of the castle and the views it offered. I had a sausage roll, cod pie and coffee – perfect!
After leaving the castle, we went on a short hike out to a lookout that’s supposed to offer amazing views of Pena from afar. The hike itself had lots of pretty things along the way.
And the lookout was indeed an amazing view!
We took the bus back down, and bought a lot of queijadas, which is a Sintra-specific dessert. Awesome pastries, I brought a whole bunch home.
The rest of the time we spent exploring the village.
And had our last dinner in Portugal there, our last bites of the black pig pork that we had fallen in love with.
And thus concludes a trip to Portugal! Beautiful country with so so so much good food.
Here’s the other posts: