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Getaway to Lisbon: excursion to Sintra and Cascais

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As the town is only 277 kilometers from Lisbon, we took advantage of the trip to make a getaway there with my family. I do not remember how many times I have been there, but I had not been there for at least 6 years and I wanted to show the city.

Pena Castle in Sintra

As we were driving, the morning of the first day we took the opportunity to see the outskirts. The visit began by Sintra. This town is famous for being the summer resort of the old Portuguese kings and for that reason there are several palaces there. The most spectacular of them, in my opinion, is the Palacio da Pena. It is located on top of a mountain and is accessed through a very narrow road. If you go by car, you have to go very soon because if not, there is no place to park (although there is an urban bus that takes you there). The spectacular thing about Sintra is that it is surrounded by impressive trees and that the interior still retains the decoration and utensils of everyday life, which gives you a better idea of ​​how they lived there. The bad thing is that we had very bad weather and the fog didn't let us enjoy the scenery. Once we finished the visit, the intention was to go down to Sintra to see from outside the National Palace of Sintra, but the monumental traffic jam through the trucks and the lack of parking caused us to pass by. The second intention was to go to Cabo de Roca, which has stunning views of the ocean, but between that I did not find the indications and it was raining a bit, we decided to go to Cascais to eat.

Cascais Town Hall

Cascais is a coastal city that is about 30 minutes drive from Lisbon. It's like the Sitges there, because rich people and soccer players live. The visit was dazzled by the horizontal rain (yes, horizontal!) And the lack of umbrellas.

Lisbon Cathedral

Luckily, arriving in Lisbon stopped raining and the sky cleared. So the first stop was at the Miradouro de Santa Luzia in the Alfama neighborhood. From this viewpoint you can enjoy a beautiful view of the city, especially at nightfall. As my mother could not walk many more slopes, we went down to Sé (cathedral) but it was closed, so we walked to the Baixa neighborhood. There we visited the Praça du Comerço, which is a huge square with the buildings painted yellow and with the Tagus river in front. Then, as everyone was very defeated, we stopped for dinner on a terrace located on the Rua da Prata. Luckily, prices in Lisbon are much lower than in Barcelona.

Lisbon Overview

For me the best of all was to verify that Lisbon still has that patina in the buildings and that air of decay that makes it a special city. Many of us like nothing, but I love it because it makes it authentic and it's not like a theme park.

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