Have you ever showed up in a town only to wonder how you somehow fell into a Disney movie? The colorful town of Sintra, Portugal made me feel like I was in the middle of a fairy tale (sort of like Prague did). Located a little less than an hour from Lisbon, Sintra provided for spectacular views, a medieval Moorish castle, and a gorgeous palace right out of a children’s book.
The first sign that I was in a fairy tale town was, when walking through a park, came across a multitude of giant animals. See what you think.
The next sign came when we were walking through the town and stumbled across the Queen presiding over her people.
What’s a fairy tale without a castle? After a fairly strenuous hike up the mountain which the castle sat atop, the old Moorish castle was pretty nice.
I’m the King of the Castle, and you’re a dirty rascal!
Another thing about fairy tale land is that people are extremely tall!
Finally, every good fairy tale should have a palace and Sintra didn’t disappoint. Gaining entry to the palace was a bit more tricky, though. After paying €7 for entry into the castle, I was not at all excited about paying an additional €13 for entry here. My friend and I walked around the perimeter of the palace grounds to see if there was a “back entrance.” Fortunately, we found a fence to climb. Unfortunately, once at the top of the fence we realized it was about a 5-meter drop to the ground. As with most things I do, I thought “YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE!” and jumped. As we found out, this is not that uncommon because we met a couple of others inside who had done the same.
As when I found a “secret entrance” to the Alhambra in Granada, Spain, security guards were checking tickets to enter the actual palace. This was no problem because I really just wanted some pictures of the outside anyways.
Any trip to Lisbon definitely warrants a day trip out to the fairy tale town of Sintra. Have you been to Sintra? What did you think?