Pretty Pena Palace

September 15, 2016

Location: Sintra, Portugal

Outfit Details: Dress from Banana Republic (no longer available)



After we conquered the Castle of the Moors, we journeyed on to Pena Palace. Another mile up the mountain. Pena Palace stands on the top of a hill in the Sintra Mountains above the town of Sintra, and on a clear day it can be easily seen from Lisbon and much of its metropolitan area. It is a national monument and constitutes one of the major expressions of 19th-century Romanticism in the world. Built during the middle ages, the palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal. It is also used for state occasions by the President of the Portuguese Republic and other government officials. I also think it looks a lot like the castle in Mr Rogers Neighborhood, where King Friday ruled :) Go ahead Google it, you'll see the uncanny resemblance. 


 Sintra is a wonderful blend of Moorish and Middle Age architecture. So unique and absolutely lovely. Also whimsical, look below it's           Mr Roger's Castle, ahem....I mean Pena Palace!!


 Lots of wonderful nooks and crannies are found on the castle grounds. 



wonder if the knights of the round table ever visited here. I was half expecting to find Sir Lancelot or King Arthur. 



 Observing the time on the clock, we only have 1 hour left to explore this magical kingdom. Felt a little like Cinderella. 


King of the Castle. 

 Queen of the Castle. 

 What's this guy's problem? Not sure that's what I'd want as my welcoming committee for my home but I'm sure it kept the unwanted out! 

The palace is covered in seashells, coral and gorgeous portuguese tile. Which you can buy in many places around Lisbon. House goals include decorating a kitchen or bath in this tile.


Cinderella vibes. I can imagine hurriedly running down these stairs in my glass slippers with the clock striking midnight. 

One of the fun parts was the many turrets found around the palace. So may great lookout points and opportunities to fee like a reigning royal. They did this right. 





In the center of the palace is a beautiful riad. One more of the moorish influences that is so well woven into this medieval palace. I could definitely live here. Or could really use one of these back at home. So chic.  



The inside of the palace is.....PINK! Yes, it was dreamy and elegant and everything you'd want in a palace. Be still my heart. 

 I really want this candelabra in my home - perhaps a pair. Aren't they the coolest?


After completing our day in Sintra, we caught another tuktuk down to the train station. We had hoped to fit in Quinta da Regaleira but simply ran out of time. However, we will be back and I strongly recommend you go and see all of these beautiful sites of Sintra. Even the train station is covered in gorgeous tile. It is truly a step back into time and a fairytale romance. Back to Lisbon to get ready for NOS Alive, a 3 day music festival on the beach. You can check it out in my upcoming post!





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