Before starting this travel story I do have to warn you that the journey from Lisbon to Sintra is one of the most depressing and boring train journey I ever had. The only interesting fact on the 40 minutes train journey from station Rossio to Sintra, was listening to a group of Brazilian Americans who were in Paris on the day of the Paris attacks. There was absolutely nothing to draw your attention on the journey except for an ancient viaduct and a tunnel , everywhere else just boring old portugues communist type of flats buildings.
I had no great expectations after the dull train journey, but I was in for my first pleasant surprise in Portugal, as I was going to discover very short. From Sintra station you can choose betwin a variety of option to see the area, from travel tours, hop-on-hop-off , public transport or even rent and drive a Twizzly. We decided to go for the public transport, like majority of the tourists in the area, the bus was overcrowded. They are 3 main public bus routes 434 , 435 and 403 the price for a return journey on any of them is 5 euro, and they are all hop-on-hop-off . We decided to take the bus to Burg, the Moor Castle, the view on the bus journey was beyond any words. The tour of the Castle itself a bit pricey, and we where in a rush as the last bus was at 3 o’clock as it was a bank holiday.However in Sintra most of the stores and restaurants where open for business. I had a chat with a Joao Lente, (in my basic broken portuguese) a local tiles artist, who’s photo can be seen above.