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.
The colourful and romantic style of the Palácio da Pena has filtered down throughout the town, with picturesque and fairy tale vibe architecture everywhere. It's a relatively small town, you could probably see it in a day. But I believe Sintra was made to be enjoyed at leisure...
It may be a pretty and quaint town but there are no shortage of pastel hued manors set into the rolling hills. After all 18th-century Portuguese royals swanned around this dreamy town once upon a time.
The town centre with its traditional shops and cafes, all centre around the Gothic styled National Palace with it’s two distinctive chimneys
The cobbled streets, climbing bougainvillea and resident artists selling there work only add to the quaint and pretty vibe.
Once our feet could take no more, we drove out along the prettiest road to Cape Roca for a change of scenery. The most western point in Europe, the views are incredible.
The sea looks like sheets of silver shimmering in the wind, competently un obscured.
All of a sudden the temperate dropped even more, and instead of feeling like a hot august day it felt more like a blustery autumn morning. Having been so hot the whole trip, this was actually to our delight, and in some way made the whole thing feel even more romantic.
The perfect view to end the day in the most romantic town in Portugal...
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, because it just felt like we would have missed so much. And we were right. The walk into the forest just adds to the experience. And if nothing else, seeing the castle peeking out of the clouds on top of the mountain is an event all by itself
With every step you feel like you discover more of these enchanting woods, like your being transported into a mythic land
And when you do finally reach the palace, the impact it has upon you is incredible.
It is unlike anything iv ever seen. Wrapped in cloud, when it finally becomes unveiled you see flashes of red and yellow with the odd turret sticking out the top. Inspired by the love of art and the mysticism of ancient cultures in the 19th century, its definitely something to see
And that's before we even talk about the views. Worth every step up the hill.
Another magical place that I am so grateful to have seen, I highly recommend popping Palácio da Pena on your to visit list
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 contract to Lisbon
We drove to the hotel first, Tivoli Palacio de seteanis Sintra Hotel
The hubbs had kept me completely in the dark about this hotel, but he said as soon as he saw it he knew id fall in love with it and wanted to surprise me
So arriving at this beautiful stately home with no expectations completely took my breath away. It is incredible. And not only is it incredible, but the service and attention to detail was absolutely second to none. Not a hair out of place as they say
Floral arrangement upon floral arrangement adorns the beautiful, grand and often whimsical rooms. The interiors of the hotel are in complete cohesion with Sintra itself, as its such a magical, mystical place.
The most beautiful orchids in ornate pots are everywhere. Glimmering chandeliers adorn the ceilings and beautiful antique furniture is in every room
And despite its size and grandeur, we felt like we the only people there. It manages to be immense yet intimate at the same time. You feel like you were meant to be here, at least we did- so much so that we didn't want to leave
I Completely fell in love with this room. It was so enchanting with its delicate, whimsical pastel tones and the hand painted walls
We were no less delighted when we arrived at our suite. This is not one of those all foyer and no bedroom type hotels (don't you just hate that?)
It was sumptuous, luxurious and every little detail was taken care of. We even had fresh fluffy white hydrangeas in our room. That was the deal sealer for me
With views of the fairytale Palácio da Pena, I almost pinched myself. Just how romantic
After checking in and freshening up we headed down to dinner and more importantly to check out the bar.
Which, just like the rest of the hotel was super cute and incredibly detailed.
After an aperitif or two, we noticed the sun was setting behind the picturesque Sintra mountains in the most spectacular fashion. It literally looked like the sky has caught fire.
A sunset, especially one as spectacular as this one is one of nature’s greatest shows so we never miss an opportunity to watch one. And there really are no excuses to miss one while your on vacation.
To complete an already perfect day, we enjoyed a beautiful and decadent dinner at the hotels restaurant, Seteais.
I Literally can not recommend Sintra and specifically the Tivoli Palacio de Seteais enough. Not just because of its obvious beauty, but because the service we received was flawless and we felt like we were whisked away into a perfect, romantic bubble for the duration of our stay. Just lovely
A travel, beauty and lifestyle blog with the occasional afternoon tea by Angelina Belle
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