Cascais - Visit Sintra
Today was an outing to Sintra, a World Heritage Site and well worth a visit. Public transport was the order of the day and we invested 2 x €10 for an all day bus ticket. A 40 minute bus trip through endless suburbs brought us to Sintra; not the best of starts but then the treat began.
Sintra contains one of the oldest Royal Residences in
Not being ardent tourists we limited our visits to two absolute gems,
Pena is described as the finest example of nineteenth century
Portuguese Romanticism. It was created using an earlier monastic building as
the core for a family retreat to which were added some additional wings for
more formal use. The nearest equivalent that we have seen is Neue Schwanstein,
King Ludwig’s Wagnerian folly in
A walk through the magnificent woodland gardens took us back to the bus
route, back into the town and then out again to the Quinta da Regaleira. This
I hasten to add was
The Quinta is an architectural confection bearing not some small
similarity to the complex iconography of Roslyn Chapel and described as having
symbols from the Templar Order and its successor in
Tearing ourselves away another bus took us back into the town where we caught the return bus to Cascais; this time an alternative longer route but most interesting as it took us through the countryside via Cabo Roca, the most western point of the European mainland and round which we sailed some days ago..