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That Time I Accidentally did a Hike in Sintra

May 14, 2016

On our day trip to Sintra, I had the bright idea to spend as little money as possible and walk from castle to castle. In theory, it was the perfect plan. We get to save our euros and we get in a little extra exercise. In reality, this wasn’t the case.Luckily, the first half of our day went according to plan. We arrived at the station early in the morning and walked downhill to the lovely Quinta Da Regaleira. By the time we were done, it was late afternoon and we didn’t have much time to see our second castle of choice, Pena National Palace. Still, I was determined.Unfortunately, the best way to get from Quinta Da Regaleira to the Pena National Palace is to walk through the Seteais Trail and stop once you reach the palace gardens. This hiking train was rated ‘difficult’ and you know me and my new dress and shiny sandals didn’t come prepared. That was clearly evident when we reached a viewpoint near the top and all the other tourists were decked out in proper hiking attire.

Luckily, we only did about half of the trail so we weren’t dying of exhaustion and we had a bit of time to spare to see the Pena Castle. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to see the palace gardens, but we got our photos in the main castle, and thanks to the hike, my legs looked un-friggin’-believable.Would I recommend hiking from castle to castle? It depends. If you’re physically fit, go for it! The views were incredible and the feeling is worth it. If you’re short for time, just get the bus! You won’t want to miss out on spending time at a beautiful palace because you spent half the day trying to get there.

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