Sintra is a UNESCO site with royal retreats, estates, and castles. It's a short train ride from Lisbon, Portugal, and can be explored as a day trip from there. We rented a tiny car and took it to two major sites, Quinta da Regaleira and Pena National Palace. We wandered through the palace and grounds of Quinta da Regaleira, through hidden grottos, lookout points, and a large initiation well.
We then took our tiny car over to Pena Palace, a photographers dream. I've never seen a palace with such vibrant colors before—orange, yellow and blue with tiles and gorgeous windows and doors. I could've spent a whole day here taking photos and enjoying the view. You could see so much greenery and the ocean from this mountaintop.
If I did this again I would give myself more time to explore. There are so many other structures in this city we didn't have time to see, like the Moorish Castle. Until we meet again, Portugal!