Frankly Sintra


Sintra from above.

Sintra from above.

About 45 minutes either by car or train from central Lisbon is the ancient little town of Sintra. I only got to spend two nights there but the allure becomes readily apparent.  Most tourists experience this quait little town as a day trip from Lisbon. But I think arriving midafternoon and spending a couple nights here is the way to go.

Once the Lisboans leave, it’s simply a delight. And as a matter of fact, it’s a great place to leave! You can get to the Lisbon airport just about as easily as from the center of Lisbon, especially on the weekends.  They’re sacred here in the EU (take that UK).

The center of Sintra from the National Palace.

The center of Sintra from the National Palace.

Spend your first afternoon getting to the hotel, maybe a late lunch, walk around town, chill out a little, plan an attack on the two main tourist sites, and finally have a good (albeit touristy) dinner in the center.

Spend your first afternoon getting to the hotel, maybe a late lunch, walk around town, chill out a little, plan an attack on the two main tourist sites, and finally have a good (albeit touristy) dinner in the center.

On your full day here see The Pena Palace and the Moorish Castle at the very least, add the National Palace if you have time.  Of the three the Moorish Castle is the most important (and interesting in my opinion) site.  The Pena Palace is a turn of the 20th century playboy mansion. I reckon. As I get older, anything after 1500 just seems too recent. But to fully disclose, Joan and I didn’t visit the National Palace, we opted for a café table with port and chocolate (and stuff like that there) instead.

The Pena Palace is lovely...to some.

The Pena Palace is lovely…to some.

Portugal really surprised me.  The people there were the warmest, most fun loving people I’ve encountered in a long time.  The food tastes Spanish, and the language sounds vaguely like French, but the place is undeniably Portugal.

Maybe a good idea for the first afternoon in Sintra. Just get with it.

Maybe a good idea for the first afternoon in Sintra. Just get with it.

k

He just nailed the Portuguese in the Brazilian songs he sang. How'd he do that?

He just nailed the Portuguese lyrics in the Brazilian songs he sang. How’d he do that?

 

k

No, really. I don't mind travelling alone.

No, really. I don’t mind travelling alone.

 

 

 

 

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