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Sintra Portugal - A Fairytale Town
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What you’ll need
Sintra Guide Ideas
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Pena Palace Skip The Line tickets
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Quinta Da Regaleira
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Moorish Castle - Skip The Line Tickets
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Head from Lisbon to Sintra - easy via train, taxi, or Uber. Plan to spend all day and start early!
1. Head from Lisbon to Sintra - easy via train, taxi, or Uber. Plan to spend all day and start early!
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Peña Palace - Uber/tuk tuk can drop right at line entrance at bottom of the hill
2. Peña Palace - Uber/tuk tuk can drop right at line entrance at bottom of the hill
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We went straight to Peña Palace to enter before the crowds at opening.
3. We went straight to Peña Palace to enter before the crowds at opening.
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Peña is a brisk hike uphill - with amazing views to Lisbon. The bright castle is a cant-miss!
4. Peña is a brisk hike uphill - with amazing views to Lisbon. The bright castle is a cant-miss!
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Be sure to check out the intricate carvings over the entrance.
5. Be sure to check out the intricate carvings over the entrance.
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To save time, buy skip the line tickets on your phone before entering.
6. To save time, buy skip the line tickets on your phone before entering.
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On the hike down be sure to stop at the fountain!
7. On the hike down be sure to stop at the fountain!
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Walk back down the mountain over to the Moorish Castle next. Be prepared for a major hike!
8. Walk back down the mountain over to the Moorish Castle next. Be prepared for a major hike!
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The Moorish Castle offers amazing views of the coast and all of Sintras palaces, but is all stairs.
9. The Moorish Castle offers amazing views of the coast and all of Sintras palaces, but is all stairs.
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It’s really windy at the top!
10. It’s really windy at the top!
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From the Moorish Castle, hop in a Tuk Tuk and ride into town for lunch!
11. From the Moorish Castle, hop in a Tuk Tuk and ride into town for lunch!
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You can get around town quick in tuk tuk taxis - but they are about 20 euros to anywhere
12. You can get around town quick in tuk tuk taxis - but they are about 20 euros to anywhere
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We loved exploring all the monuments and wells along the road. Sintra is full of surprises!
13. We loved exploring all the monuments and wells along the road. Sintra is full of surprises!
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For lunch we went seafood - octopus in Portugal is amazing.
14. For lunch we went seafood - octopus in Portugal is amazing.
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Be sure to get a Sintra Pillow Pastry in town!
15. Be sure to get a Sintra Pillow Pastry in town!
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Hop in a tuk tuk next to head to Quinta da Regaleira for romantic towers...
16. Hop in a tuk tuk next to head to Quinta da Regaleira for romantic towers...
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a gorgeous gothic palace....
17. a gorgeous gothic palace....
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And an otherworldly Masonic well.
18. And an otherworldly Masonic well.
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The well was for initiations and other rituals (not sacrifice) but it had a seriously creepy vibe.
19. The well was for initiations and other rituals (not sacrifice) but it had a seriously creepy vibe.
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Be sure to look back up at the Moorish castle before heading back to Lisbon!
20. Be sure to look back up at the Moorish castle before heading back to Lisbon!
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I can’t wait to go and explore so much more someday - this was just a tiny glimpse of Sintra!
21. I can’t wait to go and explore so much more someday - this was just a tiny glimpse of Sintra!
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