13th November – 15th November
Sintra, a small town not far from Lisbon, really was like stepping into a fairytale. The town and hill overlooking it are littered with old castles and palaces. Particularly impressive was the Castelo dos Mouros, an old medieval castle on the hilltop. And the pastel colours of the Palacio da Pena were stunning. I also had a try of the local cherry liqueur, served in a chocolate cup. It may be a touristy thing to do, but was incredibly tasty.
Our host in Sintra, Gala; a lovely Russian lady who moved to Portugal 17 years ago, invited us to join her at a Fado performance. So off we went, to the home of a local family who host young Fado performers. I was quite moved by the melancholic tunes. The rooftop terrace of the house also offered a stunning view up to the old town and moorish castle on the hill.