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Sep 20, 2019 - Sintra

Today we took a private tour to the lovely little community of Sintra. Juan (our guide) picked us up in the morning and drove us up the steep and winding road to Pena Palace. A quirky, eclectic castle built by German born Prince Ferninand, it mixes elements of German and Portugese style. Unfortunately the crowds were so bad, we did not want to wait to tour the inside, so only saw the exterior of the castle. Instead we went into the town of Cintra and toured the National Palace where the cruise ship crowds had not yet landed. Afterwards we...

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Jun 12, 2019 - Cabo da Roca Lighthouse Almost

We managed to arrive early at the bus stop to take a packed tourist bus to the lighthouse called Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point in continental Europe. There are 497 miles of shoreline on the Portugal coast. Because I thought a fellow passenger was showing us where to get off the bus, we never made it to the lighthouse. Instead, we ended up in a charming village with a view of the coast in the distance but the lighthouse was quite a walk from where we stood. We spent the afternoon at the Sea View Restaurant, gazing at the Atlantic and...

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Jun 10, 2019 - Palacio de Pena

Sintra has a well-organized tourist bus system that is easy to follow. The bus to today's destination, Palacio da Pena, left the center of Sintra every half hour and it was a short and scenic ride to the palace. This was one of the only attractions where we found crowds and lines of tourists as we filed through the rooms of the castle. This is a crazy palace of Gothic, Manueline and Moorish styles and Renaissance and Baroque touches. It was a jumble of architectural styles that almost looked like something found at Disney World. Built in...

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Jun 9, 2019 - Moving On To Sintra

Sintra is a suburb of Lisbon about 20 miles to the northwest but it might as well be another world. Sintra has been a favorite getaway from the city since the 19th century. It has its own climate, gardens, forests, beaches, and a slower pace. We took a train from Rossio station for the 35-minute trip. A taxi took us to Portuguese Hostel where we'll spend the next few nights. We walked around town and shopped. We found Cafe Cynthia facing the train station where sparkling vinho verde on tap was served for 1.50 Euros. Portuguese...

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Oct 9, 2018 - Pena Palace

Sintra and Cascais are two highly recommended tourists towns less than half an hour from Lisbon. We spent the day seeing them with a guide and two other couples. It would seem like only six people would be easy to guide, but one couple brought their very small baby and all the accoutrements that a very small baby needs. They and we spoke English, but the third couple spoke only French and the guide toggled back and forth between our two languages with breath taking speed and agility. We have encountered this before: guides who come from...

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Jul 9, 2017 - Portugal-Sintra, Cas Cais

July 10-12: Portugal-Sintra, Cas Cais Accommodation: Airbnb Carmo, 1 Rua do Duque. Excellent apartment (except for the two floor walk-up) in the bustling Chiado district. Five big windows opening onto the street offer plenty of people watching opportunity. Car, tuk tuk, taxi and truck navigation of the very narrow and steep two streets that come together at our apartment is challenging and entertaining. Lots of squeeking as tires rub against the curbs. Sintra, Cas Cais The day began with George’s expert navigation of the just wide enough...

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Jan 13, 2016 - Sintra, Portugal: Sightseeing

Sightseeing in Sintra today. I think I I paid too much (E$18.00) for the hop on hop off bus. But I did get to see something I didn't have planned...the western point of Portugal or Cabo da Roca with the lighthouse. It was a very mountainous ride through beautiful forests, but on very small, narrow roads. This is not the tourist season and I was the ONLY one on the bus. Capuchins Convent: This means Cork Convent and was for the order of St. Francis, or Franciscan monks and this order believed in living very simply with nature. Everything...

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Jan 12, 2016 - Traveling From Lisbon to Sintra, Portugal

On this beautiful sunshiny day I roll my suitcase 10+ blocks to the train station for my first stop from Lisbon on my journey toward Porto in the north of Portugal. First stop for two nights is Sintra a very small hilly town about 30 minutes by train from Lisbon. Once I get there I rolled my suitcase downhill and back and forth a few times before I finally find the Chalet Saudade @ US$63 nightly, a boutique hotel, set back from the street. I have a lovely room with all the conveniences and am overjoyed since my last place in Lisbon had a...

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Oct 30, 2015 - Sintra rest day

Our rest day in Sintra started with a latish and leisurely breakfast after which we all went our separate ways. It was pleasant for Maree and myself to just wander about together for most of the day. Our first visit was to the Sintra National Palace which was the 'holiday home' of King Joao and other royals. Compared to some palaces in Italy, France and England it is pretty small and simple but there were some exquisite tiled walls and many spectacular ceilings. By adding an extra passage and opening up a couple of doors the palace...

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Oct 29, 2015 - Peniche to Sintra

Our last day of cycling started early with a 9am departure. The day was overcast but only light rain was forecast however there was a stiff headwind blowing. Our route out of Peniche led through the market garden region for Lisbon and we saw cabbages, garlic, canola and various fruit trees as we cycled by. Initially the route was fairly flat with only gentle ascents and descents. As we approached our first stop at 30 km the route led us through a delightful gorge which terminated at the beach. The location was called Porto Novo...

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Oct 9, 2015 - Sintra

Sintra 10/9/2015 The royals of Portugal often traveled from the heat of the Lisbon summer to cooler palaces as the one we visited today, the Pena National Palace. It’s lavishly painted towers are very “Disneyland”-like and are a testimony to the “Artist King” Ferdinand II who built the palace with his own money and designed many of its features. Busts and paintings of Ferdinand are very visible in the halls and rooms of this wondrous palace. Since it was built in the mid 19th century, there are even bath tubs and toilets! After wandering...

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Oct 7, 2015 - Sintra, Portugal

Wed 7th October 2015 Sintra must be one of the must see tourist spots near Lisbon, as there were heaps of people when we got off the train to catch the 434 bus to the top of high peak where an ancient Muslim Military Fortress was built back in the 1100's. The road up must have followed the the original route to the fortress, with numerous tight corners, really one way, but cars came down, trying not to get wiped out by the large bus. Apparently it was built as a look out point by the Moors to see any advancing armies. There is much more to...

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