Day 4 was another exceptionally full on day but completely worth it to see Sintra’s beautiful Palace of Pena.
When looking up Lisbon before visiting, Sintra was a place that consistently popped up. The palace itself looked so impressive and I just wanted to see if for myself. We got the train at Rossio train station and it turned out to be about a 40 minute journey under 5€. From the train station it’s a little confusing where you need to head but go left and that will bring you towards the centre of the town. The town is very quaint and it would’ve been nice to have seen a bit more of it but we were desperate to see the palace.
In the centre, you can get a bus or other modes of transport to the top of the hill to see the Palace or if you’re stupid like us you’ll just walk it. I’m joking, it’s not that bad but it is about an hours walk uphill and there are SO MANY STEPS so be prepared if that’s the option you want to take.
10,000 steps and several flights of stairs later us 3 sweaty messes had finally reached the top. I must say though, the walk was lovely (sorry to sound boring) and I’m glad we did choose that option.
Entry for the palace was very reasonable and I was blown away when I first saw it. The colours were so vibrant and it just felt like such an extravagant place. I always say you know you’re getting older when you can appreciate a good view but my god it was incredible up there. (Again, sorry to sound boring! haha. You can see it at 3:10)
After hours of exploring we decided the best option was to get the bus back down to the station which was about 3€ (Best thing we could have done, we were shattered!)
In the evening we decided to have one last stroll to the square and from there find The Pink Street which I had seen many lovely pictures on Pinterest. I’m not going to lie after a 15 minute walk it was quite underwhelming but we did get some nice pictures and I’m sure it has more on an atmosphere later on at night.
Our last custard tart at Fabrica de Nata was simply amazing and finished the holiday off perfectly.
I really hope you have enjoyed my Lisbon travel guide and it’s been helpful for anyone going or looking into it visiting. I would 100% recommend it, Lisbon and the surrounding areas are beautiful. I feel there’s still a lot to do which we never got a chance too so I would love to go back in the future!