The Castle of Sintra Portugal

5.16.2011


Pálacio Nacional da Pena in Sintra, Portugal is one of the most stunning pieces of architectural whimsy ever constructed. Sintra, which sits just a half hour outside of Lisbon, is a spectacularly beautiful town in itself so allot at least a full day here. The castle, designed mainly in the country's Manueline style, displays intricately sculpted windows, perfectly paneled azulejo tiles, and Moorish influenced arches and detailing.  Pena Palace was simply amazing and a definite must-see while in Portugal!


One of the most well-known and obvious details of the palace is this window with the depiction of a newt, symbolizing the allegory of creation of the world. (There I am trying to recreate its pose, haha) 

Hiding in King Koopa's turtle shell! As I noticed all the quirky details it felt more like I had entered King Koopa's castle from the old Super Mario Bros. video game. (He was the spiky-shelled turtle enemy you had to beat at the end.)


Tip: For discount accommodations, visit Hotel Reservation in Sintra for more info.

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63 comments:

Dora said...

Wow it looks so beautiful there.I love the sculptural details of the buildings :)

Mrs. Julius said...

Wow. The details on that castle is amazing!!! How did you get some of those shots?! Especially the first pic! Great photos.

Yean

Murissa Maurice said...

Wow! The detail of the architecture and decor and views are absolutely amazing! Great photos as usual!
I love the window details with the large snarling gargoyle type.

The Wanderfull Traveler

Mizdragonfly said...

What an amazing architectural wonder! And great pics :)

K.

SeaofGirasoles said...

have been couple of times in Portugal, and everytime thinking that i have to visit Sintra,but...no luck. I guess next time. its beautiful!

Olya said...

Wow! What a wonderful castle!!!! :)

jamie said...

please, take me with you next time. i'll uhh.. i'll do the packing and unpacking <3 these photos are too beautiful for words.... breathtaking!

Lilly... said...

Wohoooooooo! Castle is beautiful, but princess! :))) I love your posts!!!!

sonidlo said...

Wonderful place and pictures!

Villa Bisono said...

WOW....King Koopa would've been a happy camper if he was real! The details on this castle are beyond breathtaking! How amazing it looks in your pictures that I can't even imagine how much more beautiful it would be in person! WOW WOW WOW!

xoxo

La Belle Fabuleux said...

Amazing!! My husband is Portuguese and I can't wait to go visit Europe for the first time. Hopefully soon. I told him he must take me to all the castles!

Belle

Aubrey {All Things Bright and Beautiful} said...

Now that is my kind of castle...and I am just totally enjoying the Nintendo references...totally nostalgic (c: I have to say the newt guy is creeping me out a little, though...happy monday!

Splenderosa said...

This is one fabulous post! I am so happy you visited me, just so I could find YOU. xx's

Krystal said...

wow, i have never seen anything like that, it is beautiful!!!

Drew {Coral Cafe} said...

Thanks for checking out my blog!

I'm loving yours as well!!
I think I need to come travel with you!! ;)

Sandra said...

Wow, it looks wonderful.
Portugal has always been one of the places I want to visit.

dnova427 said...

what about the cannonball pics?!?! haha!

sugarhoneybaby said...

Wow. Amazing photos!:)

Marjorie Rose said...

Koopa's castle indeed! I want to go there! (I'm totally playing the Mario Bros. tune in my head :)

Mascara Addict =) said...

WOW!! It truly is beyond words breathtaking!!

LORENA : TRAVEL DESIGNERY said...

@ Mrs. Julius - I had my friend stand on the other side of the castle to take that first photo! Not far, just took the stairs in the 3rd photo.. lol

@ Jamie - You're invited anytime!

@ Lily - So glad you enjoy them! Makes me happy :-)

@ Aubrey and Marjorie Rose - Yes Super Mario!, haha, does make me feel all nostalgic where i literally hear the little theme song and bouncing noise every time one of them jumped, lol. I so wish I had that game right now..

–Lorena

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Cee said...

What an amazing place! The views are stunning, and the design is like nothing I've ever seen; so many colours, architectural styles and materials, all in one place, and yet it all seems to fit together. It's breathtaking!
xox,
Cee

Meri said...

Oh my gosh- Sintra is in my top 3 places I have ever been- it is such a magical place! Thanks for the photos to bring me back!

Cam said...

beautiful pictures , I hope you had a really good time . I've got a post card from sintra hanging on my fridge ;-))

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Melly said...

Wooow beautiful
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Luciane at HomeBunch.com said...

Hi Lorena,

I'm glad you dropped by. You're living a dream of many of us. I feel happy for you!

Go (safely) explore the world and find the most interesting things about YOURSELF along the way.


xo

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Dionne said...

OMG OMG OMG, I have always wanted to go to Portugal! How lovely! All the pics are so beautiful, it seems like such a majestic place. I wanna goooooo!!!!

Alexandria said...

what a beautiful place! love your blog!!

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Michelle said...

Hi Lorena, what pretty pictures you have here, the place is just stunning! Thank's for sharing this experience.
And thank's for stopping by my blog, actually I'm already following you since about three months ago, and I enjoy it ;)

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Kelley @ Kelley Maria said...

Oh my goodness - so gorgeous! Portugal is on my list of places to visit in the future & this makes me that much more anxious to visit!

Thank you for stopping by my blog and becoming a follower! I am so glad it led me to your blog! I absolutely love your blog and am looking forward to following along.

Jillian said...

Love your blog, lady! You are beautiful and so are your photographs! I don't think this is going to help my wanderlust ;)

marialε said...

you are so right, is like it got out from a fairytale!

beautiful pics...thanks for your lovely comments, I am following you now!

My Fashion Bug
ps. Lorena your blog is so great!

Alisha said...

Thanks for the stopping by my blog! Means the worlds :)

These pictures are beautiful!

xoxo

Diya said...

such beautiful details!!! the castle is just amazing.

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Le Chateau des fleurs said...

This is sooooo amazing!! Great blog! Very entertaining!
Following you back Dear and glad to find a great Fashionista.
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The Sweet Life said...

Ohmigosh. Absolutely stunning pics. Thanks for stopping by. I'm a new follower. Happy Tuesday!

travelkate said...

I just loved SIntra! Totally felt like you were walking through a storybook! Beautiful photos as always!

Northern VA Bride To Be! said...

This is amazing! What inspiring architecture. You're very lucky to have been so fortunate to go to such a place. BTW, you are very beautiful! Have a great week!

XOXO

Kimberley said...

These photos are stunning! What a gorgeous place to take pics. It's a photographers dream come true!

I love your blog and will be back again soon :)

ExJW33 said...

OMG! I've got to go to Portugal now and see these amazing castles. Whimsical and magical doesn't come close to describing them. Thank you so much for sharing your photos here with us - they really touched me. Also thanks for visiting and following my blog. I'm here following back and I'm so glad to be here, honestly. Now this is what I call a blog!

Mariel Torres said...

these pictures took my breath away... they are beautiful! i want your life lady ;)

Shelley said...

Beautiful photos!! You are so lucky!!

Daniela Sousa said...

I'm glad that you've enjoyed my country and my blog (of course! heheh) :)

I'll be keeping an eye on you. If you want to read my blog, there's a translator widget on the right side of the blog.

Read you soon!

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a woman's right to shoes said...

These pictures are stunning! Really made me want to go to Portugal =)

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kebowman said...

that is gorgeous!!!!!

Megan Hattie said...

This castle is absolutely beautiful, I want to visit it! Breathtaking photos, truly! I'm following your blog now :). Such such lovely pictures! Thanks for the comment!

Cheers!
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Kavery said...

Amazing photos. How cool your job takes you to exciting places like this. Re: Google Connect - I was successful this time so all's well :)

Jessica said...

Your blog is amazing! Thank you for following me, I look forward to your travels and blog updates :)

Eugenia said...

Your pictures are beautiful! I wish I could travel and see places like these!

Anna Bell said...

hello honey, thanks for a comment on my blog ! ohhh do you live in NYC ??? lucky you ! that is where i want to be in the future :D xxx

MIRIAM said...

Wooooowwww...this pictures are very wonderful..and you are a beautiful girl!!! Thank you so much for your comment in my blog..I'm very happy!!! I decided to follow you!!!
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Trashy Decor said...

OK. Gorgeous pictures! Me and my hubby are both Portuguese. He has been there to visit and I am still hoping to get to able to visit as well! Thank you for stopping by my blog! I will be your 500 and something follower. ;)

xoxo!

StarletStarlet said...

I am SPEECHLESS!!! You've got amazing photos above. So blown away. And how so very lucky of you to visit this gorgeous place.

New York Don't Leave Me said...

These photos are incredible!!
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carmar76 said...

all extremely gorgeous (except that scary neptune-like gargoyle...eeep! LOL) castles! and i LOL'd at the koopa caption!

Anonymous said...

Sintra!

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kristin @ contented me said...

it is gorgeous!!! the pictures are absolutely wonderful... makes me really really want to see it in person.

iris said...

The tilework in these photos is amazing!

Flights to Abidjan said...

I know I am planning to visit a "land" that is not entirely foreign, only foreign to me. As an adventurer, I am on a journey that I believe will last me my whole life. A new relationship, discovery, or awareness excites me.

tomás Albuquerque Peixotto said...

I have the luck to live nearby Sintra and study in a caffe they have there in the top, with an stunning view :).. But I prefer "jardins de Monserrate" Monserrate Gardens, i have 2 pics in my blog of some fauna of there.

You should see how beautiful it is, sad i only have close-ups :)

Love your photos.

Dianne Tho said...

estuve el verano pasado y me encantó. es precioso, tiene unos paisajes increíbles. la ciudad de sintra y las playas también me encantan
muaks
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Vitantonio said...

Beautiful pictures ! The girl in the the photos is quite stunning as well ;)

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