Pena Palace – Sintra’s Colourful Palace
So we’ve established that Lisbon is colourful (take a look at my latest ‘A Rainbow Tour of Lisbon‘ post for proof)! But if you’re happy to spend a day away from the capital then Sintra is where it’s at. I’d been pining to go every since *that* post wishwishwish blogged years ago.
Quinta da Regaleira, where she shot, is one of the 5 palaces in the city of Sintra. There’s a lot to get through in one day and unfortunately my little gang and I only got the chance to marvel at one. But, oh my, what a palace it was.
Pena palace has had several new looks since it was first built as a monastery in 1511 (and before that a chapel). In the early 1800’s it was acquired by King Ferdinand II after being left to ruin by lightening and earthquakes.
Seeing its potential as a neat little summer house, he expanded it, added germanic and islamic influences and gave it it’s striking colour scheme; pink for the former monastery and yellow for the new palace. He spruced up the landscape, turning it into an exotic garden with over 500 species of trees. It’s now a part of a designated UNESCO World Heritage site and is one of Portugal’s most visited attractions.
The bus journey from the rail station and climb up the steep path are a bit of a trek but it’s so worth it. Grab yourselves a round trip but ticket for around 4 euros outside the station. Be sure to leave lots of time for inevitable photo taking and for wandering the stunning inside passages and rooms as well as for shopping around the centre of the town.
What I Wore in Sintra: