Sintra-Vila is a Unesco World Heritage listed site, set on lush green mountains, dotted with ten historical sites including Moorish castle, Park and Palace of Monserrate, Palace of Sintra and Convent of Capuchos.
The most popular is Park and Palace of Pena, which is the centre piece to the park. It’s hard to believe that this multi coloured fairytale palace isn’t a huge sprawling filmset. It is in fact, the fruit of King Ferdinand II’s creative genius and the greatest expression of 19th-century romanticism. In recent years tourism has increased 20% year on year welcoming 2 million visitors in 2016.
We arrived in the nick of time for last entry at 6.30pm, after a 30 minutes uber drive from the beach (I highly recommend getting a taxi, unless you want a steep hike up the mountain). This was ideal for us as most people were leaving, therefore less crowds, however, we did feel like we missed out on walking around the beautiful gardens.
Tickets are around 14 euros per adult, per castle, which is worth baring in mind.
All photos below are of Park and Palace of Pena.