Pena Castle, Sintra

Sintra, Portugal :D

Pena Castle, in "Sintra"; a small town about 30 km away from the capital Lisbon. This colourful castle lies on the top of a green hill, surrounded by a fascinating nature that we admired from the castle top. We reached by car to a certain point, then parked the car and completed the road up to the castle on foot enjoying the charming natural scenes and practicing sport at the mean time :D The castle is famous of its lovely colours and architecture that combines both; Moorish (related to Arabs of North Africa, who stayed in Portugal for 400 years) & Portuguese architectural styles. It's when fine art melts with beauty of nature, where the outcome is just...enchanting! Centuries after its construction, the castle was turned into a palace for Portugal kings “before the end of monarchy there on 1910”. The photos show some parts of the castle from inside; can u see the kitchen size? And its amenities’ sizes? Can u see the jelly cup in the shape of an animal? :D

Thanks to Lisbon Riders for this lovely tour and guidance made by "Nuno"; the knowledgeable guide :)

Azenhas do Mar

This is the picturesque seaside town “Azenhas do Mar”, very close to "Sintra" that we talked about in previous posts  At this point, we kept staring at the colorful houses, the sharp cliffs that lie on the Atlantic ocean, the infinitely extended water of the ocean and its very long waves extended right & left to finally break on the cliffs rocks... A scene that nourishes the soul...Portugal history is famous of sailors and explorers, that’s why Portuguese kids at the age of 5, start learning sailing alone in small sailing boats in the ocean, where their trainers are in other boats near them.

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Santa Justa Lift, Lisbon

This lovely steel structure is in the heart of Lisbon, specifically in the live “Baixa” district. You’ll enjoy lovely top views of Lisbon from the wide terrace on the top. We booked the tickets from the ticket shop beneath the lift & stood in a –somehow- long queue, waiting for our turn to take the lift that will take us to the top! Lisbon views from the top of Santa Justa Lift are beautiful…worth the wait ;) but I’d advise that you go during the day light to fully enjoy the views, because for me, I couldn’t be there before the sunset & thought it would be more enjoyable in the day light ;)

On our way back, we didn’t take the lift down; instead, we walked the back steel bridge, which led us to the roof top of one of the near buildings, where we found a surprise! A café on that building roof top playing soft French music that, with the lovely top view, gave a very Romantic Ambience! We didn’t want to leave!  

Santa Justa Lift in the middle

A city view from Top

Another city and river view from top

The back steel bridge

The Tram, Lisbon

It’s always been a fantasy for me to use anything of an old style or relates to the old days! This old-style single-car tram is one of the significant signs of Lisbon 🤩 It's a part of Lisbon public transportation network. The most famous tram line is No. 28, since it has the longest route among the other tram lines there and it crosses through parts of Lisbon that include main sightseeing, attractions and old districts like “Alfama”, so you can enjoy a full ride to many of Lisbon attractions, only for 2.85 Euros (if you buy the ticket from the tram driver upon taking it) or you can buy a one-day ticket that includes all tram, metro & bus lines for 24 hours, for 6 Euros (can be bought from metro stations).

A little note; this single car capacity is around 20 persons (seated), so you may find a very long queue of people waiting for their turn to get “seated” in this enjoyable ride! People take the tram through its front door, then - normally - no one leaves till the end of the full route, so the rear door for exit is rarely used all through the ride! For more details about all Lisbon tram lines, click here.

Story Telling Museum, Lisbon

Situated in the largest and main square of Lisbon; “Praca do Commercio”. This Museum is really unique and unlike the traditional museums, it displays information in various ways, so people who get bored easily – like myself – will not have that chance to get bored at all 😀
The museum mainly tells the history of Portugal in a story-like way using various effects that make us use many of our human senses! Upon the entry of the museum and getting audio-guides, we start the tour inside where we move from one point to the next; some parts of history are visually illustrated using screens with animated movies, other parts of history are illustrated through decorations and smells, like for example, the old times when spices were imported to Portugal from Africa and Latin America, you find yourself in a part of the museum that's decorated like a storage place with a smell of spices! other parts of history are illustrated using modern-styled statues and 3D animated projections 🤩 and other parts are illustrated using an exciting documentary film.
It’s a unique museum that I enjoyed a lot and I really recommend. The entrance fee is 7 Euros/person and in case of groups it’s reduced to 5 Euros/person. You may add one more Euro and get a ticket to ascend the main arch of “Praca do Commercio”, where you’ll enjoy an adorable view of Tagus River along Lisbon’s largest square 🙂

Historical Spices Store with spices smell in the air!

This man was thrown out of the building...says history!

Animated very short movie

At the time of Portugal's devastating earthquake

3D projected historical characters in discussion!

Reserve an Accommodation in Lisbon!

To Reserve your accommodation in one of Lisbon good hotels at very good rates, Click here! I tried Residencial Do Sul Hotel myself & it was very good in location & necessary services 🤩 From Lisbon, you can go on day trips to many other Portuguese cities 😉



Street Arts in Lisbon, Portugal :)

They turn the very ordinary buildings into lovely pieces of Art <3

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Belem Tower, Lisbon

Belem Tower was built in 1519 & its original purpose was to be a part Of The Portuguese defensive system against outer attacks. It lies on Tagus River. It's a UNESCO world heritage.
Better book your ticket online to avoid the long queue :)

After getting to the top of The tower, through the ancient, narrow staircase & descending again to the ground, people relax at this open area with the Tagus river view & the music played by a street musician there :)




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