We visited Portugal during Alison’s parents’ most recent visit. We flew from Brussels to Lisbon, where we spent four days exploring the capital city on foot. We love Lisbon’s artistic flare, from the colourful Azulejos to the creative street art – Lisbon is a little gritty and we like it that way.

From Lisbon we travelled to UNESCO designated Sintra, where we visited three stunning palaces and their gardens. After an overnight stay, we headed to the far western edge of the country, before heading south to the coast. We spent a rather ill-fated night near Faro, dealing with rental car issues, before heading into Spain.

Portugal is high on our list of places to visit early in our Motorhome Adventure. We’d love to spend some time in Porto before heading south, exploring the tiny inland towns and villages along the way.

Regions we’ve visited

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Pena National Palace, Sintra, Portugal

This entry is part 8 of 24 in the series Portugal & Andalusia 2012

Pena National Palace, Sintra, Portugal

High on a hilltop, above Sintra, the multi-coloured turrets of Pena National Palace can be seen from as far as Lisbon on a clear day. Pena’s dramatic architecture has landed it on the UNESCO World Heritage sites list and made it one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal. For me though, it was the woodland garden of Pena, that stole the show.

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