On a recent trip to Portugal, as soon as we landed to Lisbon, right after checking into our hotel, we headed to Sintra of course to visit the National Palace of Sintra. A small charming town of Sintra was just a short train ride from Lisbon. The palace is a stunning example of medieval architecture and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the area.
As I approached the palace, I was immediately struck by striking colors and its grandeur. The palace sits on top of a hill, surrounded by lush gardens and towering trees. What I learned was that the palace is a combination of Gothic and Manueline styles, which creates a unique and striking aesthetic. The palace is also adorned with intricate carvings, sculptures, and ornate tilework, which adds to its beauty.
Once we passed through a long line to get in, you enter this grand entrance hall filled with beautiful paintings and tapestries. Tall ceilings were ornately painted, and the marble floors looked pristine.
The palace is divided into several rooms, each with its own unique style and decor.
One of the highlights of my visit was the palace’s terrace. The terrace offers breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside and the town of Sintra. It was the perfect place for us to take a break and soak in the beauty of the palace.
After exploring the palace, we took a stroll through the palace’s gardens. The gardens are filled with lush greenery, tall trees, colorful flowers, and beautiful fountains.
Overall, our visit to the National Palace of Sintra was definitely one of the highlights of our trip. As you can see I couldn’t resist taking so many photos of my visit to the palace!