We planned a trip to Sintra, but our plans were skewed by a Metro workers strike. We arrived at the combined station (metro/train) to find it locked up.
I give us an A+ for adaptability!!
We walked to another station where I knew there was a train station. We caught a train to Cascais, a name of a town that David recognised as being accessible from Sintra.
The train followed mostly along the coast. But we couldn’t get any decent pics.
Arriving in Cascais, we find a bustling town, more urban than the small village we expected. It took some time to find the bus area, and we ended up just missing the hourly bus! (Further behind in our plans! Oh well, we wander a bit) On the bus we head out, over narrow winding roads, the bus driver honking twice as we come to curves in the road. We arrive at Cabo do Roca, the western most point of mainland Europe.
People are climbing over the barricades for pictures! Apparently in August two parents were outside the barrier to have their picture taken by their kids and fell to their deaths! We weren’t going off the secure path!
Arriving at Sintra we stop for cappuccinos and directions.
The town us set into a pretty forested area, and is home to many sites. We decide to visit Quinta Regaleira first. A bit of a walk out to it, but worth it.
Alice in Wonderland, meets Hogwarts, with some doses of mythological stories. A mansion and grounds that were a playground for the elite in the 1800’s.
The mansion is quirky, with numerous rooms, now mostly housing plans and historical info on the property.
It’s the grounds that wow us completely! A maze of paths, fountains, waterfalls, lakes, and grottos.
There are towers that you can climb from one level of the garden to another.
Then there is the “well”. Circular steps take you down to the bottom
And about mid way and at the bottom there are tunnels to other parts of the garden!
We want to go see the castle on the hill