When S picked Portugal (you know, after he didn’t pick Portugal), I told him that I did have one must-see and that was to visit Pena Palace in Sintra. This Palace is ridiculous. It is whimsical, colorful, eclectic – something from a fairytale, BUT from a fairytale I would illustrate. Or at least my 8 year old self (although I think my tastes have stayed relatively similar). It’s red, yellow, white, cream, and accented with colorful tiles, Moorish elements, green plants and trees, and one crazy-looking sea creature. It’s one of the seven wonders of Portugal and apparently one of the best examples of 19th-century romanticism in Portugal. I don’t know about all that, but it is UNREAL.
Pena Palace is perched high on a mountain and surrounded by a beautiful park. Everything looked extra fantastical the day we were there as the entire palace grounds were shrouded in mist and fog.
We walked around the Palace (you really go for the outside, the inside is skippable, or maybe I’m just jaded from seeing too many chateaux at this point) and then walked around the surrounding grounds, struggling to find a good view of the Palace from afar.
It was the perfect day trip from Lisbon. There really isn’t much else to say – it’s just a place you have to see to enjoy. Take a look!