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HIDDEN GEMS OF SINTRA

After spending a whole week at the seaside, it was time to say goodbye to the beachlife. I must admit we weren’t too thrilled about it and I had second thoughts about leaving the beach life behind. I said to myself “We should have extended our stay at the seaside instead of  visiting Sintra”. But it soon cleared up I was wrong.

Arriving to Sintra  can be a stressful experience, no matter what form of transportation you use. Sintra is a small town in the middle of woods and mountains. All streets are narrow, steep and many of them are one-way streets. Also keep in mind Sintra is one of the top tourist attractions in Portugal. And we all know words “small” and “touristy” do not go together well (haha).

As I said before accessing Sintra can be stressfull, but with a piece of patience and luck (and some navigating skills) we managed to find our apartment (and parking!) After a short rest, we went exploring. We walked across entire town, had a coffee and lunch and found some nice spots to take photos.

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We tried to visit the famous Pena Palace (probably the main reason people visit Sintra) three times but every time the buses were so packed it was insane. Once we went at 8 in the morning and there was a 100 metres line waiting for the bus. In the afternoon it got even worse! We wanted to go by foot, but it was a 2 hour hike and you don’t want to do that when it’s 38 °C. So we decided not to go, because this palace wasn’t the main reason why we visited Sintra and we didn’t really mind not seeing it. We were probably one of the few tourists that come to Sintra and do not visit Pena Palace haha.

We gladly traded visiting Palace and standing in lines for some exploring. We visited beautiful gardens  and explored the woods instead and that was one of the best decisions we’ve made during this trip. That’s how we discovered beautiful (and most important- not crowded! ) view points and enjoyed being surrounded by nature.

 

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And just as we were sad about leaving the seaside, now we wanted to extend our stay in Sintra. It’s funny how fast you adapt to new places and how fast new places grow on you. This time we were not sad for too long, because we knew there are new adventures waiting for us in our next destination, furthermore we both knew we will return to Sintra one day.

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