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Seductive Sintra- ‘ lungs of Lisbon’

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An October 2003 trip to Sintra by travelprone

Hockey Caffee Photo, Sintra, Portugal More Photos
Quote: Your must day trip from Lisbon: seductive, sylvan Sintra was the favorite summertime escape for royals. To Pena Palace by bus, then shuttle, it's up, up and away to Fantasyland! There's so much to enjoy that an overnight stay would extend your delight of palaces and forest greenery.

Seductive Sintra- ‘ lungs of Lisbon’

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Overview

The charm of Sintra- unusual houses, Photo, Sintra, Portugal
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Wow! Pena Palace is a trip, and a trip to get to. Displaying almost every architectural style you’ve met before, COMBINED, this is Fantasyland Live! Below Pena, the Palacio Nacional can’t compete in outlandishness, but its two Gaudiesque gargantuan chimneys certainly try. The Hockey Caffee Sintra has a British air about it, but this splurge spot features Italian food and is people-watching central. Hop aboard a train at Rossio Station and in less than an hour visit 'the lungs of Lisbon.’ Quick Tips: Sintra is touristy so it’s not surprising that the town has an excellent web site with plenty of information about the palaces as well as the Castelo do los Morr...Read More

Hockey Caffee

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Restaurant

Hockey Caffee Photo, Sintra, Portugal
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Touring palacios stirred our appetites; the Hockey Caffee beckoned to us around 2:30 for a late lunch that would sustain us for the rest of the day. A block or so west of the stop for the bus back to the train station, the restaurant had outdoor tables with smart looking umbrellas on platforms above a street filled with restaurants. Its large outdoor billboard menu revealed an extensive list of Italian food though we had expected from this establishment’s terribly British name something along the lines of fish n’chips.Waiters and waitresses were all nattily attired in this caffee’s smart sylvan green and white colors and the tables sported white napery and wine napkins, not fast food disposable p...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 21, 2004

Hockey Caffee
Praca da Republica 14
Sintra, Portugal
923-5710

Palacio Nacional Da Pena - National Palace

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Attraction | "Palacio Nacional"

Palacio Nacional Da Pena - National Palace Photo, Sintra, Portugal
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219-106-840 Closed Wednesday, but open the rest of the week from 10am to 5pm. Adult-€3; under 26 and seniors-€1.50. Because we saw Pena Palace first, we considered this to be a palace more ordinary, except for its two huge chimneys that evoked in us echoes of Casa Batlo’s even weirder ones. However, although not as grotesquely picturesque as Pena, this much older castle offers several highpoints of interest that are very worthwhile to see. When we visited, we trailed right behind a guided tour for young European male athletes. Most of them seemed to be suffering from advanced boredom and/or celebration night hangovers; they were yawning loudly or staring vacuously as...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 21, 2004

Palacio Nacional Da Pena - National Palace
Pena Park
Sintra, Portugal

Palacio Nacional Da Pena - National Palace

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Attraction | "Palacio Nacional da Pena (Exterior)"

Palacio Nacional Da Pena - National Palace Photo, Sintra, Portugal
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219-105-340; 10-6:30 Tu-Sun-Closed Mondays & no admit 1 hr. before closing. Adults-3 euro; ages 6-17 or seniors-2 euro. "Creation" of Baron Eschege for his compatriot Ferdinand of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, who had married Portugal’s Queen Maria II, this is the unique palace that contains all palaces-all STYLES of palaces. Eclectic is too tame a word to describe this Manuelline, Gothic, Mujedar exterior with pristine Renaissance chapel and Victorian stuffed with exotica royal interior. We must have taken nearly a hundred photos of this one-of-a-kind sight. The palace looms high above the gorgeously green forests of Parque Nacional do Pena. This fantasy seems to have grown upwards out from ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 21, 2004

Palacio Nacional Da Pena - National Palace
Pena Park
Sintra, Portugal

Palacio Nacional Da Pena - National Palace

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Attraction | "Palacio Nacional da Pena (Interior)"

Palacio Nacional Da Pena - National Palace Photo, Sintra, Portugal
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Rick Steves does not wax his usual enthusiastic in his description of Pena and doesn’t mention the beautiful alabaster and marble altarpiece of Nicolau Chanterene that adorns the Hieronomyte chapel. What a beautiful surprise it was to find an artistically stunning work in the midst of this Pena ‘casserole,’ as Steves described Pena’s architecture. Someone with aesthetic sensitivity must have prevailed upon the king to preserve this deserving relic of the monastery and not "embellish" it. Don’t miss seeing this beauty! Fernando was just keeping up with the royal Joneses who were building their own neo-Gothic, romantic castles all over the European continent. The Ludwig castles and the Schinkel c...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 21, 2004

Palacio Nacional Da Pena - National Palace
Pena Park
Sintra, Portugal