The first time I visited Sintra was back in 2002. I still remember going to the Rossio Station and buying a train ticket to this UNESCO Heritage Site.
We spent an entire day here in 2002, visiting palaces and enjoying the gardens and shops lining the winding streets. This time around, we breezed through lovely Sintra on “turbo mode”, mindful that we return in time to catch our train from the Santa Apolonia Station in Lisbon. Good thing our very capable van driver cum tour guide Norberto rattled off all relevant and interesting highlights to give my first-time visitor-friends a quick rundown.
Not exactly my touring style, but it’s a good preview of a next visit to Portugal. I’m sure my friends will have a longer, more comprehensive tour next time around. Perhaps even catch a musical concert here, or enjoy a leisurely coffee break off one of the interesting bars here.
As a former royal summer residence, Sintra can really charm you. The Sintra National Palace, Pena National Palace and the Castelo do Moros will adequately satisfy your wanderlust. But it won’t be a bad idea to stay a couple of nights in Sintra to explore more castles, palaces, churches and yes, shops & restaurants! Well, there’s always a next time.
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