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by Liam Hetherington
Manchester, United Kingdom
March 22, 2010
From journal Under The Spell Of Sintra
Los Angeles, California
January 10, 2007
From journal Portugal, Paradise on a Budget!
October 24, 2000
Pena is at the top of a mountain , and is a long, vigorous walk from the train station. Most people take a taxi, and I would recommend this highly unless you are in shape for a two-hour hike up a switchbacked road.
The palace at the top of this road is very interesting for its varied architecture--sort of a blend of Moorish, Gothic, Manueline, and Bavarian. It is considered one of the finest examples of Portuguese Romantic architecture.
Built in the mid-19th century, under the direction of the King Consort Dom Fernando II (of Saxe Coburg-Gotha, hence the Bavarian influence), the palace is still furnished and is quite interesting to visit. The views are also breathtaking.
From journal Lovely Lisbon