My husband and I were on vacation with our 18 month old daughter and decided to take a day trip to Sintra. We were able to catch a train from the main station in Lisbon. Our daughter LOVED the train ride to Sintra, and its only about 40 minutes from Lisbon. Sintra itself is a gorgeous little town. It is set in the hills with ocean views and beautiful sunlight. We were able to easily and quickly catch the bus to Pena Palace. One note on the bus ride - they try to get as many people as possible onto the buses, so just be ready to be crammed in there for a while. The bus ride itself is fairly short though, maybe 15 minutes. When we arrived at Pena Palace, it became clear that our stroller would not fit on the trollies that transport people to the palace itself which is at the top of a steep hill. So, we decided to walk up there (no small feat with a 40 pound stroller/baby package and a very vertical incline) but the trees and the gardens are so beautiful that it didn't matter. The walk itself took 15 minutes or so, not bad at all. Pena Palace is breathtaking, and the views are simply incredible. Being able to see right out to the ocean, and being surrounded by this incredible palace (reminiscent of Park Guell) was not only wonderful for us, but our little one loved it too. There was plenty of room for her to run around the palace grounds. We also enjoyed a fantastic and cost-effective buffet lunch at the restaurant on-site. They had a high chair for our daughter (big plus) and the food was great. One thing I would change about our visit was the interior tour. Because the palace is small in scale, the line to walk through the interior is single-file and so, I would not recommend taking a baby or small child on it as you cannot easily get past people if your little person loses patience with seeing antique beds and mirrors. :) Suggestion - one person stays outside with the little one while the other one takes the 15 minute tour. Other than that, I would highly recommend this activity for families visiting Sintra.
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