What better way to spend a jet-lagged morning than reminiscing about the beautiful trip you just came back from? If you were to ask me what was the most beautiful place we visited on our recent trip, it would hands down have to be the town of Sintra. About a 45min drive from the populous city of Lisbon, you step into this world of fairy tale castles, spectacular gardens, and pastel colored homes perched on hills and a constant soft mist in the air!
First Stop – The Pena Palace. It looked like a castle taken out from a fairy-tale or made for Disneyland. You can see its colorful silhouette from the bottom of the hill ( Portugal has very steep roads – some felt like the ascent of a scary six-flags ride!! ) and as you climb the steep path to the palace, you start witnessing the opulence with it is built.
Let me tell you that boots were made for climbing the steep slopes of Sintra. Rain-proof, snow-proof, light-weight and cute? Yes, please!!
On another note – I recently took over Wilsons Leather Instagram and shared some of my favorite pieces from the site – like these boots and many more! Check them out, they are having a huge sale and you are going to love it!
A flowing stream, underground tunnels and beautifully curated trees & plants surrounding the palace preparing you for the magnificence that you are about to enter.
Tip: Go early if you want the place to yourself and aspire some non-crowded photo-ogs.
After not getting quite enough of the palace but literally dragging ourselves down the slope, we then drove to our second stop – Quinta da Regaleira. It is a place of absolute mystic and mystery. Will you simply look at that entrance!!
I often wonder at the architectural skills of the people from centuries ago – it is places like these that seem impossible feats to achieve are standing here offering us the beauty, history and the story in all their entirety… I don’t think these pictures do any justice to the true beauty of this place.You have to see them with your own eyes to get transported in that world.
A trip to Sintra would not be complete without stopping at Cafe Saudade. You cannot help feeling like royalty ( and ordering like one! ) to eat at the exclusive place where the pastries were made for the king of the Palace.
We stuffed our faces with chocolate and other goodies as the mist rolled in heavily over the town. The clouds floated over the tiny houses and the steep slopes. There was a chill in the air and my heart was bursting trying to capture this fantasy place. I pulled my feather-like vest tightly and slept on the way back to Portugal dreaming about the pretty things in life!
A huge thank you to Wilsons Leather for partnering on this post
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