Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal
SINTRA PORTUGAL
A DAY IN SINTRA, PORTUGAL (OCTOBER 2014)
A visit to the Pena Palace and the Moorish Castle and seeing the colorful architecture in Sintra, Portugal. You guys. A Moorish Castle in ruins. It’s the coolest.

Enjoy!

This is a day trip we took from Lisbon, I believe the train ride was about an hour. You can take a taxi directly up to the top of the hill where Pena Palace, this city’s gem of an architecture and walk down past the Moorish Castle ruins and into the city center. Or you can walk up if you want to save money!

Pena Palace is a crazy awesome sea-themed colorful palace that is built on a rock on the top of a hill. The site was a Medieval monastery that was heavily damaged by an 18th century earthquake. In 1838, the area on top of the hill was purchased by King consort Ferdinand II and it was transformed into this crazy mix of styles. I believe it was meant as a Summer palace, and includes Neo-Gothic, Neo-Manueline, Neo-Islamic, and Neo-Renaissance styles with a oceanic twist.

Enjoy!

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You arrive and first see these bright yellow walls. Ticket booths are just beyond the walls, and there’s a shuttle you can take to get up to the entrance of the Palace. It’s very hilly.

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Great shrubbery

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So intriguing on the walk up, more and more of the Palace begins to be revealed

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SINTRA PORTUGAL
Shitty pano

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Get out of my face

Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal
Amazing stonework right off the bat

Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal
Snake faces (or are they eels)

Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal
The dramatic walk up to the main courtyard

Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal
What chu pointing at Zeen

Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal
Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal
The only simple hallway

Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal
Eeek it’s getting closer!

Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal
Stone basket

Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal
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Look at these gorgeous buildings! It’s like stepping into the Little Mermaid (if their Castle was above ground)

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Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal
Big face

Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal
They were doing a bit of restorative work. I guess up until the 20th century the palace had faded to a grey color and only in the last 100 years has been repainted to it’s original glory

Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal
I spy Waldo. Trying to get a photo taken in one of these awesome little look out things

Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal
A man having a very intense phonecall

Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal
He did not notice me for a long time.

Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal
There we go!

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Weee

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I love the look of the rocks worked into the building

Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal
Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal
We are the worst tourists I think

Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal
Or maybe just Zach is the worst

Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal
Look at all the styles of windows

Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal
Doing tile restorative work

Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal
Zach learning to work with my film camera

Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal
Where did that door come from…

Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal
Tentacle railings

Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal
Center courtyard in the area that you can tour some of the rooms and see royal collection furniture in context.

Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal
Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal
Stone and tile

Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal
Look at this crazy dining room. The furniture is nuts, and those scary vaulted ceilings…aha

Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal
Sick boat

Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal
Love the wall paper and patterns throughout the living spaces

Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal
You want to shower in the middle of the room next to a mirror. Also, showers, were a relatively new thing when the Palace was built.

Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal
Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal
Intricate wall and ceiling carvings, probably the Islamic influence

Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal
Gorgeous

Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal
Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal
Look at this ceiling! A mix of trompe l’oeil and actual stone work

Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal
Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal
Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal
White sculptures against the green wallpaper, ace ace

Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal
Similar style as this Getty plate, right?

Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal
If you weren’t impressed by the stone carving, are you impressed with this wood carving?

Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal
Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal
Amazing “nature” chandelier

Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal
Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal
Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal
Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal
Hello cutie parents

Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal
Not chocolate, but cake pans!

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The rocks!!!! *Swoon*

Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal
Goodbye, Pena Palace! Headed back down the hill

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As we walked down, it seemed suddenly so far away

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Sweet kitty

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Entering the Moorish Castle ruins

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Gorgeous views as we walked along the stone walkway up to the Castle. It was built during the 8th and 9th centuries. Yeah. I KNOW. Amazing!!!!

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Human hands constructed these walls over a thousand years ago, and repaired like 800 years ago. And re-re-repaired like 400 years ago.

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I felt like I was 8 years old again, climbing over rocks, exploring all the nooks and crannies of the castle. Pretending like it was a war, and I had to duck behind the walls to scurry to a tower.

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LIKE COME ON. It’s the most stereotypical castley castle.

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I’m a Kween

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SINTRA PORTUGAL
After, we walked all the way down through the city and found a Chinese restaurant

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SINTRA PORTUGAL
Truly hit the spot

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Aqueduct in the distance

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Back to the hotel

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Zach had a crazy fever by the time we got back to the hotel.

😦

And that ends this day trip to Sintra!

Next up is a day trip from Lisbon to Evora.

Much love friends.

Posted by:sarahwaldo

By day I'm a content producer at an arts org in Los Angeles, by night I am the overly apologetic brain and face of sleepywaldo.blog

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