Most times, when you look at guides to Sintra or top sights to see in Sintra, Monserrate Palace (and it’s surrounding parks) are overlooked and yet, from speaking to locals in nearby Cascais (a lovely seaside town), this is one sight that needs to be seen in Sintra and so, with that in mind, we … Continue Reading

After leaving, the beauty that is Pena Palace, we headed over to our next sight in Sintra – the Moorish Castle (or The Castle of The Moors – depending on which version of the name you prefer). The Moorish palace is actually a short walk from Pena Palace (or at least, from the entrance of … Continue Reading

Lisbon is one of the fastest growing cities in Europe (in terms of visitor numbers) – with good reason too! With an incredible history, vibrant neighbourhoods and enough lip-licking grub to discover, it’s a city that really draws you in when visiting Portugal and leaves you wanting more long after you’re back at home. If it’s … Continue Reading

The first time I saw pictures of Pena palace in Sintra (granted, this was quite a while back), I kinda didn’t believe it was a real place. It looks so grand yet so colourful that it seemed like something someone working in a Disney movie had drawn up. Of course, I very quickly found out … Continue Reading

Lisbon is one of the most exciting cities you can visit in Europe (a fact that led to us having as little as 2 hours sleep on more than one night when we visited with a group of 8 friends). There’s so much to see and do in the city, plus the nightlife is absolutely … Continue Reading

After our afternoon exploring Cascais, I’d definitely worked up quite the appetite so I pretty much hot-footed it to the car as fast as possible to the car when it was it time to leave… Well, there’s that and the fact that we were already quite late for our appointment back at Penha Longa – … Continue Reading

I’d been obsessed with visiting Sintra for the longest time. The photos just made it seem like some kind of fairy tale destination and so, a couple of months after my obsession with Sintra started, we booked flights and headed over to Portugal. Cascais (also in Portugal), unlike Sintra was a place I hadn’t heard … Continue Reading

Yup, we’re in the midst of winter… frosty mornings, chilly winds and flurries of snow! However much you love winter, it can be a testing season, especially as the longer nights take hold. I’m all about embracing winter, in fact, the thought of a log cabin, roaring fire and plenty of snow is a total … Continue Reading

There are so many reasons why we all travel – to see the sights, to spend time with loved ones, for work, to relax… the list goes on and on. One of our new-found favourite reasons to travel is to drink wine. Okay, fine, it’s more than drinking wine – you also get to learn … Continue Reading