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    Maeve Waite

    24 year old work psychologist, mental health advocate and future dachshund owner. occasional writer, baker and photo taker. posts have been featured on time to change and mental movement magazine, and I sometimes like to write all lower case.
    Sintra, Portugal

    Sintra, Portugal | A mini travel diary



    As part of our trip to Lisbon, we took a day out to the town of Sintra, which is about an hour out of capital, in the mountains. It's home to various palaces and historical sites, including the famous Pena Palace and Quinta da Regaleira. Despite the weather, it really was an amazing day up in the mountains...but bladdy freezing!

    We used the hop-on hop-off bus tours to get around - as it's pretty far to walk amongst each landmark, and we only had limited time! It wasn't too expensive, and it was so convenient whilst giving us control over what we could go and see.

    We wandered through the pebbled streets, stopped for a crepe, climbed big hills and walked around what felt like a very small rainforest, and it was amazing. The weather, not so much. We were told that Sintra has its own micro-climate, so be sure to pack waterproofs...


    If I have to recommend two places to visit, it'd be the Quinta da Regaleira and Pena Palace. Regaleira is a beautiful old estate, which has its own gardens, lake and is home to some of the most amazing plants! It's actually a UNESCO site, and what's basically the Portuguese version of an English country estate and one of the must-dos there is the incredible Initiation Well (below). As someone who's ok with heights, but not heights with edges, there was only so much time I could spend up here!


    Pena Palace is used for many state occasions in Portugal, and is known for its beautifully bright coloured walls...which unfortunately were mostly covered in cloud during our visit. Still, it made for an impressive atmosphere! I can imagine you get a pretty decent view from up here, but unfortunately we couldn't see a thing :( apparently you can see it from Lisbon too! Another UNESCO site, it looks like a colourful Hogwarts/something out of GOT and sometime I'd like to go back and see it in better weather!


    A very short but sweet trip to Sintra, but I'd like to go again and explore more - apparently the lighthouse by the beach is beautiful!

    If you've enjoyed this post, please give it a pin :)

    M x


    As part of our trip to Lisbon, we took a day out to the town of Sintra, which is about an hour out of capital, in the mountains. It's home to various palaces and historical sites, including the famous Pena Palace and Quinta da Regaleira. Despite the weather, it really was an amazing day up in the mountains...but bladdy freezing!

    We used the hop-on hop-off bus tours to get around - as it's pretty far to walk amongst each landmark, and we only had limited time! It wasn't too expensive, and it was so convenient whilst giving us control over what we could go and see.

    We wandered through the pebbled streets, stopped for a crepe, climbed big hills and walked around what felt like a very small rainforest, and it was amazing. The weather, not so much. We were told that Sintra has its own micro-climate, so be sure to pack waterproofs...


    If I have to recommend two places to visit, it'd be the Quinta da Regaleira and Pena Palace. Regaleira is a beautiful old estate, which has its own gardens, lake and is home to some of the most amazing plants! It's actually a UNESCO site, and what's basically the Portuguese version of an English country estate and one of the must-dos there is the incredible Initiation Well (below). As someone who's ok with heights, but not heights with edges, there was only so much time I could spend up here!


    Pena Palace is used for many state occasions in Portugal, and is known for its beautifully bright coloured walls...which unfortunately were mostly covered in cloud during our visit. Still, it made for an impressive atmosphere! I can imagine you get a pretty decent view from up here, but unfortunately we couldn't see a thing :( apparently you can see it from Lisbon too! Another UNESCO site, it looks like a colourful Hogwarts/something out of GOT and sometime I'd like to go back and see it in better weather!


    A very short but sweet trip to Sintra, but I'd like to go again and explore more - apparently the lighthouse by the beach is beautiful!

    If you've enjoyed this post, please give it a pin :)

    M x
    . Tuesday, 24 July 2018 .

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