Day-Trip to Sintra from Lisbon


Pena Palace in Sintra

While in Lisbon we made a day trip to Sintra, just 40 minutes away by train. Beautiful castles and majestic gardens can be found from this little paradise hidden up in the mountains. Getting to Sintra is super easy hence there are direct trains that run every 15 minutes from Lisbon’s central Rossio station.

Once we got to the old centre we bought entrance tickets to the Pena palace from the tourist info (which was a very good idea, cause the line next to the palace was so long!!). After that we took a tuk-tuk up to the mountains. The ride was shaky but we had so much fun! Our driver was so cool – this young, crazy tanned girl wearing driving gloves. Besides a tuk-tuk, you can get to the palace by buss or walking (but it is a tough one).

The Pena Palace was so beautiful – like a lego princess castle! Of course since we were visiting in August, one of the busiest seasons, it was packed of tourists. We took some photos, wandered the corridors and shared a cold coke on the terrace cafe.

We also read that when in Sintra one should try two pastries: traveisserio and queijada. We went to Piriquita in the old centre and the waiter laughed to Minna when she tried to pronounce the names of the pastries – would have not done any better myself, to be honest 😀  As the bakery was packed we went outside to sit and eat. After that we took the train back to Lisbon.

Sintra was definitely worth visiting and I feel like e we only covered a very little part of it. There’s way more castles and gardens to see, but we didn’t unfortunately have time for everything. Maybe next time 😉


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