It is quite typical to visit Sintra in the fog, a 40 minute train ride from Lisbon, to be engulfed in a cloud and sometimes with a sprinkle of light rain. You can’t see 50 feet in front of you but something about it is magical, and it sure did make our experience in Sintra x100 better.
Confession: We only visited Pena Palace, Castle of the Moors, and of the course the old center since we were there only for a day, but hopefully one day I will go back to visit the rest of Sintra, as it deserves more than a day I have learned.
Either way, the experience of walking around Pena Palace covered in a cloud, the bright and eclectic colors popped even more and set the mood for the Romanesque style of architecture King Ferdinand II rebuilt the old monastery from.
The Castle of the Moors equally so, with the bright green moss growing over the old castle stone walls that were used to protect the people from invasions, long ago when the Moors invaded Portugal. You can usually see Pena Palace on a clear day I had heard, but honestly the fog was better. But I can’t truly describe it, so you’ll just have to see for yourself… a photo diary: Sintra in the fog (try not to fall in love):
Castle of the Moors
Sintra Historic Center
Sintra is definitely magical, but there are many magical palaces in Europe, which is your favorite?