PENA PALACE: SINTRA BEST-KNOWN CASTLE
If you’ve ever seen any of the brightly colored, Disney-like images lately, it´s very possible that they were snapped in Sintra.
Located at the top of a mountain, this fantasy palace is mixing Gothic, Manueline, Moorish and Renaissance styles and creates one of the best examples of European Romanticism. It has some watchtowers of various shapes and one of the gateways is protected by the half-man half-fish Triton.
Pena Palace from Portugal is colorful, lively, vibrant and very eclectic
Photo: Pena Palace. Sintra, Portugal.
The Palace of Pena is the most visited castle from Sintra
Photo: Quinta de Regaleira. Sintra, Portugal.
Pena Palace (or the Palace of Pena) is the bright yellow and red palace in the middle of the Sintra mountains and it is a delightful sight. Many tourists visit Sintra only for this castle.
It takes about 2 to 5 hours to explore all its beauty and hike the palace gardens or the park. If you want to fit everything in a day trip, consider cutting the hike or walk at the park. Instead, you can go for a short stroll.
Photo: Pena Palace. Sintra best-known castle.
Cascais in Portugal
Cascais is among the most luxurious seaside cities in the world. The Portuguese Royal family has chosen it over 100 years ago to chill by the beach, and soon after the rest of the aristocrats followed. This may be a very good reason why a day trip to Cascais from Lisbon is a must. This big city goes along several sandy beaches, so you may spend several hours walking about and discovering new places.
Don´t hesitate to enjoy a shopping evening in Cascais town center, and to eat some delicious seafood in the best restaurants in the region.
Photo: Cascais is the most famous resort city from Portugal.
Sintra Cascais Natural Park
Home to some natural treasures and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Sintra Cascais Natural Park is a place that everyone should visit at least once in a lifetime.
Sintra Cascais Natural Park is one of the 13 amazing natural parks all across Portugal
Photo: Sintra Cascais Natural Park. Vlaimer. Adapted under license (CC BY-SA 3.0)
When visiting this unique attraction, you will have many choices of things to see and do. Here there are endless sites to discover, from protected UNESCO World Heritage Sites to some amazing natural wonders.
Photo: Rocks next to the ocean in Cascais Portugal.