We left the quayside and travelled through the suburbs and out about25 Kms to the pretty old world resort village of Sintra. We visited the beautiful gardens and palace of Monserrate which was built by the Englishman Francis Cook. There are an amazing variety of trees and shrubs on a steep hillside. JW and I stayed near the top of the hillside and enjoyed wandering among the plants there and then sat in the sun and enjoyed our picnic lunch.

Palace of Monserrate from the upper gardens

Palace of Monserrate from the upper gardens

Hare'sfoot fern

Hare’sfoot fern

View from the upper gardens

View from the upper gardens

When the more energetic gardeners climbed back up again we boarded the coach and went down to the Quinta da Regaleira Park and Palace.

Castle above the Park

Castle above the Park

Regaleira Palace

Regaleira Palace

Statues of Greek and Roman gods

Statues of Greek and Roman gods

This was a garden of trees spreading upwards for 4 Hectares and here and there leisure structures throughout the park.

We left this park and walked down to the village to board the coach. I would have loved to explore the village and the tempting looking shops but our time was limited, so we wil have to go back another time!

We arrived back at the ship just before the gang plank was raised. We had not seen all the gardens (thanks to my limited mobility ) and JW was very patient and kept me company, but it was well worth going just for the journey.

Advertisements