Some places in the world look like they don’t belong in the real world, but rather in some kind of fairy tale. While there are not many places in the world that are like this, one of the few that make this list is the city of Sintra in Portugal, a city nestled among the hills that are about twenty five kilometers away from Lisbon, the capital of Portugal. This city has a lot of things that you can enjoy, and we will be discussing some of those things here.
One thing that you should definitely do when you visit Portugal is that you should try and visit Pena Palace. Now, you might be thinking that this palace would be like any other castle that people would have seen in other countries but that’s simply not true. The truth is that this castle is gorgeous and has a lot of bright colors which is unique when you consider just how drab and grey other castles in other countries tend to be. Your kids in particular are going to love just how magical Pena Palace tends to look in a certain light, and they’ll be half expecting a fairy tale princess to walk out of it at any moment!
Pena Palace is not the only place that you should try and visit in Sintra. One thing that you should know is that Sintra was a major city for the Moors, the Muslim occupiers of Spain during the first millennium AD. The Moors built a castle in Sintra back in the 9th century AD, and this castle is aptly referred to as the Moorish Castle. Abandoned since the Crusades of the 12th Century, the Moorish Castle regardless provides a breathtaking glimpse at the long history that Sintra has to offer.
If you go to this castle you could also enjoy yourself by climbing up the walls. This would allow you to get an incredible view of the city in general. Once you are sitting atop the walls you are going to be quite high up so don’t go if you are afraid of heights. If you are generally okay with heights, however, it might be a good idea for you to look into climbing up to the top so that you can get that amazing view. Trust us when we say that it’s the sort of view that you really won’t be able to find anywhere else at all no matter how hard you try.
The best way to get to Sintra is by a commuter train. Never drive there, as the roads are quite narrow and can get jammed with traffic during the season in which the most tourists tend to come there for a quick visit. By taking the train you would be able to bypass all of this traffic and you would also be able to get there much faster as a result of this fact.