When we arrived where we were staying for a week in Sintra, I had actual tears in my eyes. It was just breath-taking. As we walked outside onto the patio, the water was truly this blue. Absolutely breath-taking, no?
The first day we arrived, we just walked on the beach (it was quite chilly) and we enjoyed each other’s company before we all decided where we would have dinner and more importantly, where we’d grab some wine.
We developed a pattern, and in the mornings (before our days would begin) we frequented Restaurante D’a Varzea for cappuccinos. This cafe had some of the best pastries, along with the best cappuccinos we’ve all ever had!
We watched the many stages of the sunset at Praia de Carcavelos also known as Carcavelos Beach. We saw cotton candy skies, and the waves lapping gently. We sat in a cafe right on the beach, that none of us will forget because there was a dog (belonging to a regular customer of the cafe) and the dog was good at getting treats from every single table. He was so cute, I just couldn’t say no!
Quinta da Regaleira was one of the highlights, and one of the coolest experiences. There was so much greenery, and so many sights. The reason we ended up visiting is because Kelly wanted to see the well in particular. I didn’t realize how cool the well would be but when we explored the first well, we walked underground for a while into the second well. It was kind of creepy, but so sooo cool. Once we climbed back up to the top, we were just in absolute awe looking back at the ground we’d covered underground.
The Palacio da Pena was another incredible experience, and one of the most breath-taking sights I’ve ever seen. The colors of the palace itself were fantastic, and the views of Lisbon and the city below were beyond incredible. I also developed a severe love for all kinds of tile, because of this palace.
Azenhas do Mar was a beautiful little city, right next to Sintra. There’s a restaurant called Azenhas do Mar, and it’s the most popular attraction in the town. It’s right on the ocean, and when the windows are open you sit in a greenhouse part of the restaurant and you can feel the sea on your tongue and the sun on your face. Not to mention, the food is so tasty. It was a three hour long lunch, and we enjoyed every second of it (besides the screaming kids and loud family behind us HA!)
We had the opportunity to visit Adega Regional de Colares, which was the Sintra winery. We did a little tasting, and bought some gifts (for my boyfriend’s mom) and took some wine home to enjoy while playing Monopoly, while listening to the waves outside our room.
This post is a bit late to the game, as I did my vlog a few weeks ago, but I still wanted to share all of these amazing sights. This was the trip of a lifetime, and I would love to go back to Portugal should the opportunity arise. Make sure to tune in to this video, because it’s so fun and will make you add Portugal to your travel list! What do you think? Is Portugal alluring to you?