We took a day trip to Sintra during our 3.5 days in Lisbon. Sintra is about 45 minutes away by train and there are plenty of transportation options to getting from the train station to the sights. At the train station we were able to request an Uber to take us to Pena Palace and from there, we walked to Moors Castle. The car ride up the mountain was fun! Riding through town and through the winding roads gave us a view of the town during our quick outing.
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Pena Palace, Estrada da Pena, 2710-609 Sintra, Portugal
This castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and on a clear day, could be seen from Lisbon. We hiked up the hill to see it, but for those who aren’t looking for an uphill climb there are buses for a fee that can take you up. Entry to the park is best in cash or debit cards, as the park doesn’t accept credit cards. Pena Palace is so eclectic, colorful, and very Instagrammable! The views from here are incredible. We didn’t step inside the castle since the lines were long, but we didn’t feel as though we had missed anything.
Just down the hill from Pena Palace is the medieval Castle of of the Moors. There are two rings of walls that sit on sharp cliff sides, so expect the steps up to be steep — the views are worth it! From the top you can see Pena Palace and Sintra Town.
We stopped into Metamorphosis for lunch before heading back to Lisbon. The restaurant was on the quiet side when we arrived, with only a few locals enjoying a cold beer at the bar. The food was delicious! It was hard to believe how inexpensive the food was when the bill arrived.
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