Colorful, Fanciful, Romantic Pena Palace

We learn some things the hard way… Palácio da Pena (Pena Palace) is easily one of the most recognizable palaces in Portugal. Perched atop one of the tallest parts of the Sintra Mountains, the palace can be seen from Lisbon on a clear day. With its bright colors and fairytale-like shape it’s not too hardContinue reading “Colorful, Fanciful, Romantic Pena Palace”

The Exotic Palácio de Monserrate

Unique architecture, fine materials, and elaborate plaster-work… Located in Sintra, the palace of Monserrate is really beautiful. It expertly weaves Gothic, Indian, and Moorish architecture and influences into a striking visual. It was, by far, one of the most unusual palaces we have been to in Portugal. The award-winning, lush, and sumptuous grounds add toContinue reading “The Exotic Palácio de Monserrate”

The Beautiful and Enigmatic Quinta da Regaleira, Sintra

A bewildering, bewitching, and beguiling palace… Even before Won and I had any thought of moving to Portugal, a few years back I stumbled across an image that completely enchanted me. I remember telling Won at the time that I wanted to see this place. Who knew that a few years later, I’d be livingContinue reading “The Beautiful and Enigmatic Quinta da Regaleira, Sintra”