Well, that's what happened. The Portuguese royal family were ousted in a revolution in the early 1900s and the new republic took over their palace at Sintra for the people's pleasure. Now it's a major stop off point for the many travellers who come to the region to experience the culture, history, scenery, food, wine and the hospitality.
The palace is a sumptuous mix of architectural styles and co.ours reflecting Portugal's exposure to the world. Sitting on top of a mountain overlooking the Moorish Castle it truly dominates the skyline and region especially letup at night. It's part of the experience to get the local bus and the shuttle bus up to the top before a leisurely walk down into Sintra.
As you'd expect this is part palace and part museum but all of it is enchanting. Crowds had flocked there when we went. But this was the summer high season so to be expected. However. Everyone moved around freely, calmly at their own pace and we missed nothing in the couple of hours we were there.
There's something for everyone as our teens chatted in a turret and our 11 year olds played out conquering scenes while we enjoyed a cool glass of beer and the culture and artefacts of a bygone Portugal. Blissful way to spend an afternoon. Long live the revolution!
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