We had a really great day out in Sintra, taking the early train from the Rossia station and jumping on a bus to the Palacio da Pena which sits on top of a precipitous outcrop above the town. We chose to walk the last bit and arrived puffing and panting but mindful of all the custard tarts we've eaten in the last couple of days, some exercise was recommended.
It's an amazing place, described in our book as "an eclectic mix of architectural styles", which sums it up pretty well I'd say. No photos inside but rest assured the interiors are equally spectacular.
We spent the afternoon exploring the "other" palace in Sintra, the Palacio National, favourite summer retreat for the Portugese royal family until the late 19th century.
The Sala dos Brasoes was my favourite - the combination of tiled walls and painted ceiling was breathtaking.
As you can see, we had the place to ourselves! (not really...)