Just half an hour drive out of Lisbon is the town of Sintra. Until I was actually in Lisbon I had never heard of this place before but I’m so glad I got to spend some time here.
It’s most popular for a day trip but you could easily spend some more time amongst its eclectic fairytale scenery.
The Pena National Palace sits a top Sintra and I had never seen anything like its Romanticist architecture before. It’s so bright and has clearly become what it is now as a result of many different influence in styles but it all seems to work together.
The natural scenery around this UNESCO heritage listed town is beautiful too and the parks around the palace are so tranquil. From behind the palace you get a fantastic view of the ocean also.
In the main part of town there’s a quite a few dining options and in typical Portuguese style there’s a lot of fresh variety to choose from.
Here’s a few pictures from Sintra, well more so of Pena Palace really as it’s the main one I got to but Sintra has more than just one (there’s also Sintra National Palace and Monserrate Palace, to name a couple) so if oppulent palaces are your kind of thing definitely check this place out!