Beautiful and Quirky Sintra, Portugal

Beautiful and Quirky Sintra, Portugal. Sintra, Portugal is a UNESCO World Heritage site full of castles, gardens and palatial villas dating back to the eighth and ninth centuries. A blend of Romantic, Moorish and Gothic architecture styles makes Sintra pretty beyond belief. Surprisingly there’s also a quirky side to this small town of 3,000 people that you would not expect. Lucky for me, I’m all about the weird and offbeat!

Beautiful and Quirky Sintra, Portugal

Sintra’s an easy day trip from Lisbon (about 30 KM’s away) and the perfect place to come and relax in a peaceful and quiet atmosphere . You can hang out in castles, see how the rich and famous once lived and take a romantic picnic in the park.

Sintra, Portugal

Sintra Portugal

Sintra Portugal

Sintra Portugal

Walking through town, you’ll come across all sorts of modern art, one hell of perverted statue and an extraordinarily beautiful bus stop.

Sintra Portugal

Sintra Portugal
Umm, just is what is happening here? It’s so wrong! For some reason, this satyr (part goat and man) is anatomically correct, much more so than necessary. Our group of travel bloggers stood staring at this statue in disbelief for quite some time.

There may even be a picture of me inappropriately cupping him floating around the Interwebz. 🙂

Sintra Portugal
A reflection of Portugal’s Moorish influence, I couldn’t help but wish there were more bus stops like this in the world.

Sintra Portugal

This is Sintra National Palace, restored during the 1940’s and now stands as an important national monument.

Sintra Portugal

Sintra Portugal

Sintra Portugal

Sintra Portugal

The beauty of Sintra, Portugal only continued. This building is across the street from the palace. I love the blue on blue.

Sintra Portugal

Next, we stopped by a small shop for some tasty treats, drinking a cherry flavoured liqueur from a chocolate cup!  I was further entertained by their odd collection of merchandise including “healing wine” and a story about the Legend of the Cock.

Sintra Portugal

Sintra Portugal

Sintra Portugal

Before leaving town, we stopped by Hotel Tivoli Palacio de Seteais to gaze at the stunning building and take in the romantic surroundings.

Sintra Portugal

Sintra Portugal

Sintra Portugal
Our tour of Sintra, Portugal was quick and to the point. We Hate Tourism Tours had other plans in store for us like visiting the beachside town of Cascais!

Before we busted a move, I was able to take one last farewell shot of Monserrate Palace.

Sintra Portugal

If you’re looking for a place to party like a rock star, Sintra is not the place for you. If you’re looking to immerse yourself in beauty, culture and romance for a day (or more), then you’re going to fall deeply in love with Sintra.


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Beautiful and Quirky Sintra, Portugal
*DisclosureMy stay in Lisbon and tours of the surrounding area was kindly sponsored by HouseTrip. Any opinions expressed about my love for Portugal are entirely my own.

Founder of cherylhoward.com. Canadian in Berlin. Frequent traveller now at 43 countries and counting.

30 Comments

  1. Sintra looks a beautiful town worth exploring Cheryl and your pics really give a feel for the place. I love the mask statue and as for Dr Wine that sounds like my kind of medicine. I wasn’t even aware of Sintra but I’m sure it would be preferable to exploring some of the bigger cities.

  2. Looks so lovely!!! The fellow has been to Portugal before (I haven’t) and it’s one of the top places he wants to take me. I am excited to eventually explore it too!

  3. It’s so beautiful and so close to Lisbon! The Sintra Castle is one of its kind… But from your photos we get a detailed, deeper look at how Sintra’s other architectural beauties look like.

  4. Your Blog is fantastic!!!

    My name is Hugo and I am an official guide in Lisbon. I loved your article about Sintra.

    I invite everybody to came to Portugal. It’s a country to be discovered, like you did when you went to places where even some Portuguese are not …

    Thanks

    Hugo Gonçalves

  5. Hi Hugo,

    Glad you like my blog. I work pretty hard to keep it going. 🙂

    I adore Portugal and do hope to get back there someday! I hope that more people visit as well. It’s one of my favourite places in the world.

    Best,
    Cheryl

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