Sintra is a popular tourist attraction in Portugal due to its remarkable 19th century Romantic architecture and breath-taking landscapes.
I learned Lord George Gordon Byron visited the place and amazed. And here is where he liked to have a snack:
But we enjoyed this little and narrow streets, stairs and old stone houses!
The Palace Quinta de Regaleira is romantic palace and chapel, and a luxurious park that features lakes, grottoes, wells, benches, fountains, and a vast array of exquisite constructions. The palace is also known as “The Palace of Monteiro the Millionaire”, which is based on the nickname of its best known former owner.
We continued strolling down the narrow road. Until we reached the west of the west of Europe. 🙂
Europe’s westernmost point Cabo do Rocka is found between Sintra and Cascais, and is topped by a lighthouse from 1772 and an inscription by poet Luis de Camões noting that “Here, land ends and the sea begins.” It’s one of Portugal’s most emblematic sites, a country always looking out to sea.
It is a place of natural beauty, where you can enjoy a unique landscape, and the sea makes its presence in an imposing way. There is still in operation the third oldest lighthouse on the coast of Portugal.
Usually it is a place for surfers, but also there is a nice bar a bit up where from you can capture the view.