Portugal: Lisbon and Sintra

Portugal: Lisbon and Sintra

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I started from Lagos at 2 in afternoon on 27th March. I had to change train at Tunes and reached Lisbon in the evening. My hostel was near Santa Apolonia where I spent 3 nights.

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First day I roamed in Lisbon. I took classic yellow tram no 28. It connects Martim Moniz with Campo Ourique, and passes through the popular tourist districts of Graca, Alfama, Baixa and Estrela. The delightful Remodelado trams date from the 1930s and in any other city they would be housed in a museum, but in Lisbon they are an integral part of the public transport network. These historic trams are still in use, as the 28 route is completely unsuitable for modern trams due to its numerous tight turns and steep gradients.

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My first stop was Elevador de Santa Justa. The elevator to the first level was free but top level requires a tourist ticket . View from the viewing platform was fantastic and gives a good view all around the city.

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I also visited Cristo Rei Christ Statue (Christ the King) situated in Almada overlooking Lisbon. It is 110 M tall standing on the bank of river Tejo.

Latter in the evening I went for a traditional dinner

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Next day I went to Sintra. Reaching Sintra from Lisbon is easy , there are trains every 30 min and it takes about 45 min. Pena palace was constructed by King Ferdinand II . Basically he acquired monastery of lady of Pena built atop Sintra hill and repaired and extended it convert it to a palace. There is about 200 hectares of forested area dotted with stone benches and long winded stone walking path surrounding the palace.

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Pena Palace

My final stop was Cabo da Roca. This is the westernmost extent of Portugal and Continental Europe.

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