Today was a beautiful sunny and crisp day in Lisbon. We decided to head to the famous Royal Mountain village of Sintra with Christina, a new friend from Internations. A visit to the famous Pena Palace and High Tea at the Sintra Tivoli Palacio de Seteais was on the agenda for this Sunday.
Sintra is a great day trip out of Lisbon. It is a short drive or train ride and the idyllic mountain village houses many Portuguese palaces and monuments and beautiful views in every direction. Sintra . In addition to the Sintra Mountains and Sintra-Cascais Nature Park, the parishes of the town of Sintra are dotted by royal retreats, estates, castles and buildings from the 8th-9th century, in addition to many buildings completed between the 15th and 19th century, including the Castelo dos Mouros, the Pena National Palace and the Sintra National Palace, resulting in its classification by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1995. (Wikipedia).
The palace stands on the top of a hill above the town of Sintra, and it can be easily seen from Lisbon and much of its metropolitan area. It is a national monument and constitutes one of the major expressions of 19th-century Romanticism in the world. (Wikipedia). It resembles a castle out of Disneyland and has a lengthy history with many different epics of constructions and additions coming from many different architectural backgrounds.
We had reserved for HIGH Tea at 4:00 pm at the Tivoli Palacio de Seteais, one of the most beautiful hotels around Lisbon.
This was one of the most outstanding afternoon tea’s I’ve had in a long time. Great Vinho Verde (local sparkling wine), a wide variety of tea tidbits (scones, cream and locally made jellies), as well as local Portuguese dishes. Our group (a Frenchie, ex Londoner, and ex New Yorker) all found something delicious to sink our teeth into…..