Our second day in Portugal, we woke up refreshed and ready to roll. Our plan for this day was to grab a quick coffee and head to the Rossio Train station, catch the train to Sintra and explore the castles and do some hiking. Sintra is a quaint and historic little town about 40 miles west of downtown Lisbon, it borders the National Park which contains several Palaces and Castles that have been built over the centuries.
Our first stop was the local coffee and sandwich shop across from the hotel, This is a fantastic place to watch the locals starting about their day. I’m sure the shop owners see there share of tourist, but we really enjoyed standing at the counter with our Cappuccino and watching the locals come in and order an espresso, slam it down and be on their way in 60 seconds…
The Train ride out to Sintra is a very easy day trip idea, It only cost a few dollars round trip. The Train winds its way thru the Lisbon suburbs, along the track you will see all the apartment buildings with their laundry drying on the balcony.
After we arrived in Sintra, we had about a 10 minute walk to the center of the village, where we found the dramatic Sintra National Palace. We chose to skip the tour, since we had a few more castles and palaces to go… From here the quick hike up to the Castle of the Moors. From there we continued hiking up to the Pena National Palace, and exploring the grounds – there are many hiking trails, and at the highest point is the Cruz Alta cross. All of this was a great day trip of hiking and taking in the views.