Sintra – Pena Castle
Sintra – Pena Castle
During our long week end in Lisbon we also visited Sintra, a small town that has become famous for its castle, Pena Castle.
We booked a tour to visit it, even if Sintra can easily be reached by train, because we also wanted to see Cabo de Roca (the westernmost point of Europe) and Cascais, one of the most renowned beaches of Portugal.
We got in front of the gate that introduces you in the wonderful park of Pena Castle and, after they checked our tickets, we started walking on a steep climb to reach a panoramic point. The guide told us there was a bus to get to the castle (it was not free); but the way was not long and it worthed while doing it on foot! It was a lie!! We had to walk for long and the way was so steep… but I must say the view we had was really fine!
We took some photos and then we got to the castle. I can grant you it is very particular: it is a mix of different styles and the walls were painted in different colours, the plan was to make something like Neuschwanstein Castle, in baviera. The building of the castle was ordered by Ferdinand August Franz Anton from Austria, who married a Portuguese princess and then became king Ferdinand II. He wanted his castle to represent a lyric opera and a symbol of Romanticism.
Cabo de Roca
The outside is very huge, and I recommend you to make a walk on the ramparts, from where you can admire the park, Sintra town and at a distance even the ocean. But in my opinion, the best part is certainly the inside: it is luxury, rich and some parts are decorated in Portuguese style with azulejos.
Once we finished our visit, we stopped in Sintra to have lunch; there are a lot of restaurants so we only had to choose. Then we started our trip to the ocean. We got to Cabo de Roca very soon and it is a place we loved very much: a pillar with a cross on it marks the westernmost point of Europe, and then there is a cliff on the sea, it is so beautiful you would stay there for hours. Unfortunately there were so many tourists, but it was not a real problem!
Our last stop was Cascais, a seaside resort that has always been considered as one of the most luxury and exclusive, where all aristocratic people of Europe spent their holidays. It is certainly very beautiful, even because it was a sunny day, but it is not so different from many other beaches we can see in Italy. We stayed there for one hour, we had a walk; bought an ice cream, had a look at shop windows… after all there isn’t much more!
And then we came back to Lisbon!