After a lovely morning we took a stroll around Sintra. As its notably cooler than scorching hot Lisbon in August, we wanted to make the most of the cooler climate.
Another of Sintra's marvels is Palácio da Pena. Set into the windey hills, the palace is what Disney dreams are made of. We chose to take the walk up the hills rather than the bus that takes you up,
We set off from Lisbon for a few days in Sintra, which is around an hours drive away. When we researching our road trip, Sintra popped up and I knew instantly that I would love it. It is the most beautiful magical place and such a contrast to Lisbon
Tomorrow, my Husband and I celebrate our 4th wedding anniversary... and it occurred to me that I had not shared with your our 3rd year celebrations!
I might have mentioned that im a little crazy for Portuguese tiles, and the azulejo tiles in particular
After a lovely morning visiting the Belem tower and strolling around the city, our wanderings took us to Mosteiro dos Jerónimos. Again, the touristy spots are super busy unless you get there early so we chose instead to to admire from afar and continue with our discovery's
We woke up bright eyed and bushy tailed the next morning (see day 1) and headed straight out to something a little fairy tale Esq- Belem Tower.
Of course, as soon as we decided we were going to Lisbon I began to research afternoons tea options (have you seen my afternoon teas around the world page?)and when I set eyes on The four seasons Lisbon I was sold immediately. It certainly stood among the others promising a beautiful setting and cakes to die for.
The hubb's and I decided to take a road trip last minute from our home in Spain to Portugal. Just a couple of hours on the road and we can officially be on Portuguese soil,
When we are not travelling, the hubb's and I have a lovely Saturday routine. We take a a drive down to Marbella, park the car in Puerto banus and take the coastal walk all the way up to Marbella old town
And back again...
There's no denying its a long way... but its so pretty. And a great way to catch up with each other about our respective weeks and make plans for the future. And add into it the exercise, that really you don't notice your doing as your too busy chatting and taking in the sights.
And if you find yourself tiring, just stop off at one of the gorgeous chiringuito along the way. A particular favorite of ours is El Chiringuito. Best mojitos EVER
It always feels extra special as its only open for the summer months.
The coastal road leads all along the costa del sol, but we turn off once we hit Marbella old town. Its one of my favourite places in Spain, and it always makes me feel like im on vacay.
We get lost through the little white town, taking the windy cobbles streets and checking out the pretty boutiques and art shops
Another favourite stop off is La cuisine, on Avenida de Ricardo Soroano
We order cafe con leche, zumo de naranja (freshly squeezed and tastes amazing) and something to nibble on. La Cuisine also has a fabulous roof bar with views over the old town, perfect for cocktails with friends.
Straw bag here
Its such a pretty little town to potter about in. Filled with old churches, Bougainvillea draped buildings and flower-filled plazas.
And once we've had our fill of gorgeous old town, we turn around and walk all the way back.
This time only stopping periodically to admire the views of Gibraltar and Africa which on a clear day are truly incredible
We are always looking for Marbella recommendations so if you have any, please do let me know below in the comments
A Travel, beauty and lifestyle blog with the occasional afternoon tea by Angelina Belle
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