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.
Walking through town, you’ll come across all sorts of modern art, one hell of perverted statue and an extraordinarily beautiful bus stop.
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. 🙂
A reflection of Portugal’s Moorish influence, I couldn’t help but wish there were more bus stops like this in the world.
This is Sintra National Palace, restored during the 1940’s and now stands as an important national monument.
The beauty of Sintra, Portugal only continued. This building is across the street from the palace. I love the blue on blue.
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.
Before leaving town, we stopped by Hotel Tivoli Palacio de Seteais to gaze at the stunning building and take in the romantic surroundings.
Before we busted a move, I was able to take one last farewell shot of Monserrate Palace.
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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*Disclosure – My 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.