Transits happen in many ways and you can enjoy them in more ways as well. In our first short-trip episode, we told you about our experience exploring a unique city while waiting for the train. In the second episode, it was about how a plane transit can turn into an unforgettable experience exploring the UN office. Now, in our final short-trip episode, we want to show you how waiting can turn into witnessing a fairytale. This trip happened on our trip to Lisbon, Portugal. On that very day, we had to leave for Santarem and arrive there before 5 PM. Since we had already explored Lisbon the day before, we decided to visit Sintra before going to Santarem.
From Lisbon, you can take a direct train to Sintra from the Rossio station. The ticket costs around 2.15€ (adult)/1.10€ (child).
Sintra is a town located on steep hills, so before going you should plan the trip right and you should also prepare your stamina. Eat enough breakfast before you depart and wear comfortable clothes. Your shoes should be very comfortable for you’d be walking a lot. Our first stop was the Castle of the Moors, a medieval castle and fortress that was taken by the Christians from the Moors in the 12th century. It features stone walls on top of the hills with guard posts in points that overlook strategic locations. Now, the walls are surrounded by green landscape on both the outer and the inner part of the castle. It took us 1-2 hours to see the whole monument.
Tickets cost 8€ (18-64 years old)/ 6.5€ (6-17 years old and over 64 years old). Opening hours (until October 24) 09:30-20:00. Click here for more information.
Afterwards, we hiked to the Pena National Palace. The hike was steep but beautiful with lush greenery around us. If you don’t prefer walking, you can take a bus from the gate of the Castle of the Moors to the gate of Pena National Palace. The Pena National Palace is a romanticist palace that was used as the residence of the Portuguese royal family. Now, it would sometimes serve as the venue of official state events. It features colorful towers and beautiful Portuguese tiles. The visit here lasted around 1-2 hours.
Ticket prices vary according to the places in the palace that you visit. Opening times vary according to the places in the palace that you visit as well. Click here for more information.
And for some outfit of the day:
With that, we end our Short-Trip series! See you in our next travel series 🙂