It will be a day full of sun and new experience again!
We left the apartment a few minutes after 9 a.m, without a breakfast yet. Before finding the right place for le petit déjeuner, Monia took us to the next view point on which she was on her last trip. You can find it in Google Maps under the name Viewpoint of Santa Catarina.
After a small photo session, we started looking for the perfect place for breakfast.We found it! We came to a delightful local Portuguese cafe, where the majority were Portuguese. We sat at a table. After a moment, a waitress came to us, she was about forty. We asked if she speaks English. She said that only a bit. Initially, we tried to speak to her just with simple words, but with her single answer, she surprised us. It turned out that she just speaks fluently English. Maybe it’s just a coincidence, but really the many people we met in Portugal knew English. Positive surprise!
For breakfast, we ordered sandwiches and delicious milk coffee.
Santa Maria de Belém
The next planned place was the district often abbreviated to the name Belém. To get there as soon as possible (about 5km) we ordered UBER, for which we paid 6.95 €. We got to the wonderful place! This district totally amazed me. Monika had been here before and probably she did not expect that this place would amaze Julia and me so much. I do not know what made this place so gorgeous. Perhaps this space, the proximity of the ocean and such a beautiful architecture, which I have never heard of before. Generally, from my perspective, Lisbon is a very rare destination among Polish. I hope it will change shortly!
The first monumental landmark was the Tower of Belém, which was founded in 1520. The tower was the symbol of the maritime power of Lisbon. Right next to the entrance to the tower, we saw a small car selling wine – wine with a view.
Passing more beautiful monuments in the Belém district, we came across to the spontaneous training of yoga. Oh, how wonderful it would be to practice outdoor exercise with the ocean view.
The next point on our map was the Hieronymites Monastery, which impressed with its size. Built in the first half of the 16th century in the Manueline style combining the features of Gothic and Renaissance. In 1983, this monastery was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Today was a very busy day, because the next planned place was the city of Sintra, away from Lisbon about 30 km. But first, we had to get to the station. The building was beautiful, both from outside and inside. A ticket to Sintra cost us 5 € return trip.
We came to Sintra by train which took 45 minutes, passing beautiful landscapes along the way. We arrived in Sintra around 3 p.m. We had not much time to see the most important places before sunset. This city was also inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The first building, that fell into our eyes right after the departure of a few meters from the station, was the municipal building built in 1154.
Due to the small amount of time, we had to decide which places are the most attractive for us.
The first place was the residence of Quinta de Regaleira.
The residence was located about 4 km from the train station. To avoid wasting time, we ordered UBER, which cost us 2.99 €. Revelation! UBER took us a right to the entrance to the residence. A ticket to this place cost us 6 €. Quinta da Regaleira is not only a beautiful palace but also a wonderful park. The whole area occupies 4 hectares. Rich in beautiful flora, jasmine, fountains and artificial lakes. The residence was really beautiful! This place reminded me of the pictures from the film The Secret Garden.
It was already 4:30 pm and we only had one hour before sunset. The obligatory point of the program was the castle located on the embankment – Pena Castle. From the residence we could admire its beautiful location (left upper part of the picture below). The castle was located about 4 km from the residence. We did not hesitate to order UBER. This time we paid 5.22 €.
The road leading to the castle was very winding. Our poor Monia kept coming back to the memories of her trip to Norway, where she rode along very steep and slippery roads. Fortunately, we arrived safely in place. The entrance ticket to the Pena Palace cost 11.50 €. You will say a lot, especially that we are in Portugal. It was also my thought when I saw the ticket price list. However, what we saw on the top was worth even 100€. The palace lies on top of a hill in the Sintra mountains. On a clear day, you can even see it from Lisbon itself. The palace was built at the end of the 15th century. He is rich in many styles such as neo-islamic, neo-renaissance and neo-manuel. True, at first glance, it was very different from the previous residence visited.
We passed through the chambers of the castle.
However, the main attraction was still waiting for us – the view from the palace to the other side. It was a wonderful place. Best in the whole trip to Sintra. The view was amazing. This space and ocean in the background. It made a huge impression! Pena Palace, in my opinion, is a must-see place for a trip and it’s not entirely due to architecture :).
This was our last stop in Sintra. At 18:00 we managed to catch a train to Lisbon. Unfortunately, the sad time has come, because we had to say goodbye to Monia who was already going to her city -Coimbra. However, with Julka we went to the TimeOut store, about which I will tell you in the next post!
The next day, we had a plane at 6:40 a.m. with Julia. We also got to the airport by UBER for 11 € (13 km away from our apartment).
To sum up the whole trip, I am delighted with Lisbon and Sintra. Lisbon offers so many possibilities, it is rich in so many beautiful places. We were really lucky for the weather because the cloudless sky lasted for the whole 3 days. There are so many direct flights from Poland to Lisbon, so I hope you can see it too!