Sintra, Portugal

Sintra, Portugal

Sintra, Portugal
Quinta da Regaleira

Oh, hi. It has been a while since I’ve blogged here. In the last few months, I moved apartments, worked like crazy, and saved up for an impromptu Europe trip (which meant a lot of eating lentils and watching Seinfeld in my apartment…not too exciting to write about).

During a hectic time in the office, I decided I wanted to go rogue for Thanksgiving.  I booked a cheap flight to Portugal and counted down the days. Here are some highlights of the trip. First up: Sintra.

Sintra, Portugal
Town Center of Sintra

We spent the first few days of the trip in Sintra. I’m so pleased we did, as it is one of the prettiest places I’ve ever seen. Just an hour outside of Lisbon, it is a beautiful town with hills, palaces, trees and waterfalls. My favorite site in Sintra was Quinta da Regaliera. You could spend hours exploring the grounds, which are full of secret tunnels, passageways and hideouts.

In the picture below, you can see the dark entrance to a passageway. Once you descend down winding stone steps, you end up in an underground lake. From there you can venture to an inverted tower 10 stories below ground. Making our way through the series of tunnels was eerie and exhilarating.

Quinta da Regaleira
Quinta da Regaleira
Quinta da Regaleira
Underground lake at Quinta da Regaleira
Quinta da Regaleira
View from the bottom of the Inverted Tower at Quinta da Regaleira
Quinta da Regaleira
Climbing up the Inverted Tower at Quinta da Regaleira
Quinta da Regaleira
Chapel Door at Quinta da Regaleira

During our stay in Sintra, we also hiked to the top of the city to see the old Moorish castle. Walking up winding, narrow streets and looking at old houses was just as fun as exploring the castle itself.

Castelo dos Mouros
Making our way to Castelo dos Mouros
Castelo dos Mouros
Castelo dos Mouros

From the Moorish Castle, we trekked over to the Pena National Palace. I could not get enough of the bright colors and tiles. Even on a grey afternoon, the palace was vibrant.

Pena National Palace
Pena National Palace
Pena National Palace
Pena National Palace
Pena National Palace
Pena National Palace
Pena National Palace
Pena National Palace
Pena National Palace
Pena National Palace
Pena National Palace
Pena National Palace

From Pena Palace, we made our back to the town center and passed many more beautiful, old buildings.

Sintra, Portugal
Sintra, Portugal

While walking around, we came across several elaborate water fountains. We saw locals drive up to the fountains, park their cars and fill up dozens of water bottles.

Sintra, Portugal
Water fountain in Sintra
Sintra, Portugal
Sintra, Portugal

In Sintra, we stayed in a little cottage that we found on AirBnb. If you go, stay here. I can not recommend it enough.

Sintra, Portugal
The cottage
Sintra, Portugal
Our own private garden.
Sintra, Portugal
The view from our cottage on a sunny morning
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