Here I am rewriting what I blogged about in Sarimanok (sarimanok.se).
I am bundling them together because they are fairy tale palaces. Although of course Sleeping Beauty’s castle is not a real castle but is inspired by the real-life storybook palaces.
Pena is highly recommended by a friend of mine, and yes, I was impressed. It is after all a Unesco world heritage site and one of the seven wonders of Portugal. It is admirable how people in the old days managed to build the castle atop a hill in Sintra mountains. We could barely walk all the way up to the hill from the town of Sintra. So we took a really crowded bus (take note: all busses are packed up like sardines) just to skip walking. But the bus didn’t take us all the way up the castle. We still hade some walking to do.
I like Pena Palace but it is still not as magical Neuschwanstein.
Photo: Jeanina Santiago