Travel to Extremadura and Lisbon
Day 5 Lisbon - Queluz - Sintra - Cascais - Lisbon (83 Km.)
(in 12 Km.) Queluz: Running the year 1747, the future King Pedro III ordered the construction of a palace, which by its design, elegance and design of the gardens is considered the "Portuguese Versailles". Like the French palace, here is a true hymn to luxury. The frescoes, mirrors, carvings, wood, lamps and tiles that decorate the rooms of the palace, among which the throne room, music room and the hall of ambassadors. The palace, with its magnificent French-style geometric gardens, decorated with statues, balustrades, lakes and tile, became the official residence of the Portuguese royal family.
(in 17 Km.) Sintra: For art lovers, this town is a living museum as it houses archaeological relics from Roman times and very old seigneurial villas, through churches, castles, palaces, as well as works of art typical of the nature. Among its three national palaces, Villa, Pena and Queluz.
The best known is perhaps "Pena National Palace", a confused composition of Gothic towers, Renaissance domes, medieval gates, baroque decorations and oriental minarets. But what it lacks in harmony it spare on suggestion: the most notable example of Portuguese Romantic architecture and is surrounded by a park that the musician Strauss defined as the most beautiful I had ever seen. Located in one of the peaks of the Serra de Sintra and is integrated in a splendid manner in the natural environment.
Among other buildings, stands the Castle of the Moors (Castelo dos Mouros) and the Quinta da Regaleira located in the historic center of Sintra and classified World Heritage by UNESCO. In the National Palace of Sintra, which dominates the town center, besides being historical stage, also performed classical music concerts, business meetings and live historical reenactments.
A nice and typical way of seeing Sintra is one of the horse drawn carriages, traveling the distance between the village and the mountains and have become one of the means of transport par excellence of the city. A pleasant stroll through leafy trees, and carefully scenarios that Lord Byron defined as a glorious paradise.
(in 18 Km.) Punta da Roca: On the coast of Sintra is "Cabo da Roca", the westernmost point of Europe to which Camões referred as the place where the land ends and sea begins. This is a lighthouse on top of an imposing cliff about 140 meters, where the wind is incredibly strong. Towards Cascais the road pass near "Praia Grande do Guincho", considered one of the most beautiful of the coast, characterized by strong winds, allowing sports like windsurfing, at professional level.
(in 15 Km.) Cascais: One kilometer from Cascais is "Boca do inferno". This is a chasm 20 meters depth where the sea enters through a tunnel who has excavated as result of sea erosion. Cascais not be the same without her Marina. Located in a vast stretch of the Atlantic coast, strait the bay to accommodate 600 boats. The Marina is one of the points that identify the outline of the coast of Cascais, near the lighthouse of Santa Marta, the tower of the palace of the Counts of Castro Guimaraes and the walls of the Citadel.
(in 10 Km.) Estoril: An area of cliffs delimits a set of small beaches, such as San Pedro and San Juan, very popular with surfers. There are a couple of ocean pools, although the "crown jewel" is the beach of Tamariz, where you can swim all year round. It is situated opposite the magnificent walk full of poplars that is in front of the casino, bordered by splendid palaces and hotels, by a dike and by the extension of the sands of the beach Monte Estoril.
(in 21 Km.) Lisbon: We went back to sleep in the capital of Portugal.