Getting to Sintra is pretty easy, you take a train (about a half hour ride) and then hop on a bus to see the specific sight you want to see. I guess you could walk to the different sights but the town is really hilly and a few of the places are legitimately on top of a mountain. No thank you.
Anyway, when I was planning our trip and googling "best day trips outside of Lisbon" seeing the Quinta Da Regaleira in Sintra was highly recommended and I can definitely see why. The QDR (too lazy) is an estate that was built in the early 1900s by a guy who was super into things like Free Masonry, the mysteries of the natural world, Knights Templar stuff with a dash of iluminati mixed in for good measure. Wild stuff, right?
One of the little chapels on the grounds. The manueline architecture mixed in with the forest-y, kind of tropical foliage made this place seem even more mysterious and amazing.
Ugh what a view!! On top of that hill is the Castelo dos Mouros, an old Moorish castle
Dragonstone vibes are strong here
These little flowers were growing on the sides of the walls
Just me casually posing by this waterfall, you know.
We saw people walking on these stones and had to give it ago
So many water fountains, ponds, and lush ferns everywhere
Sigh, what a dream! These photos don't even do this place justice, truly one of the most beautiful places I've ever been to and I do hope we come visit again!