Travels

Moorish Castle - Sintra National Park

UNESCO, the Castle 9th century. Like other Arab landmarks. The final inhabitants of the remarkable relic were Sintra’s diminutive Jewish population, who fled in 16th c. Access is not easy. Take the bus to the castle ticket booth and it is still a relatively steep climb on a dirt track, views are amazing 5 Euros entry. Buy your ticket at the roadside ticket office and make the final ascent via a twisty path to the castle entrance. You can also buy a joint ticket for the castle and the Pena Palace.


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Pena Palace - Sintra National Park

Train from Lisbon to Sintra €5.5 rtn in 45mins.Then take the Bus 5€ rtn to Pena Palace in 20 mins. 11€ per palace and gardens 2€ for transport to palace roundtrip. From the Vila of Sintra the Scotturb bus (number 434) is a direct link from the train station to the Park and Palace of Pena. Once in Sintra the cheapest way of getting around is buying a bus pass that offers unlimited travel on Scotturb buses in Sintra and in Cascais. The pass (called Bilhete do Circuito da Pena) costs 4.8 EUR. It is not allowed to take photos inside the palace

Open: 10am - 6pm
Entry: 9 €
Bus: nr.434: Palacio da Pena stop
Address: São Pedro de Penaferrim, 2710 Sintra


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Sintra National Palace - Sintra National Park

It is the best preserved medieval Royal Palace in Portugal, having been inhabited more or less continuously at least from the early 15th up to the late 19th century. It is an important tourist attraction and is part of the Cultural landscape of Sintra, designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO./p>
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Quinta da Regaleira - Sintra National Park

You can walk to both the National Palace and Quinta da Regaleira; the National Palace is near the TI and the Q da R is about a 10 minute walk away (approximately). The nine plateaus remind the nine circles of Hell, the nine sections of Purgatory and the nine heavens of Paradise, as designated by Dante.

Near the historic center of Sintra UNESCO palace, chapel, park featuring lakes, grottoes, wells, benches, fountains. The park contains an extensive and enigmatic system of tunnels, which have multiple accesses including the grottoes, the chapel, the Waterfall Lake, and the "Leda's Cave" beneath the Regaleira Tower. Sintra station (which is not in central Sintra), we caught the bus to the Pena Palace. Again very easy. At the palace, you can either take the long walk up the hill to the palace or take a shuttle bus. From the palace we took the bus back into town.

Address: 2710-567 Sintra, Sintra, Portugal
Guide:10€ without guide:6€
Time required: 90 minutes
Nov - Jan: 10am - 5:30pm


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Moorish Fountain - Sintra National Park

Fountain located on the main road between the train station and the Sintra Palace. 1922 by the master sculptor of Sintra, José da Fonseca. Its decoration is Arab in inspiration, with neo mudejar azulejos, painted plasterwork and sculptured decoration.