Between work, travelling and family, I’d like to take more time to tour around Portugal. One of these days I had the opportunity to go to Sintra, a place I love to go whenever I get the chance to.
I, who have travelled to so many countries and met incredible, paradisiacal places, still continue to love Sintra. It’s different when you walk through the paths of you own homeland, the place in which you grew up and where you feel at home. That mountain range I know so well, with the incredible Castelo dos Mouros (Moorish Castle) right at the top, has a different feeling of history, comfort and meaning that no other place in the world can relay to me. Abroad, we are merely tourists, explorers just passing through.
Here, I can find breathtaking landscapes, walking through History impregnated paths from other ages. Sintra is known as the capital of Romanticism, given its importance to many artists, who came to find their inspiration and subterfuge in this village. From Lord Byron to Strauss, artists have been considering Sintra almost as a site of artistic pilgrimage. And I couldn’t agree more.
Once here, my path must lead me to the magnificent Quinta da Regaleira (Regaleira Palace and Gardens), a place which always takes me back to an ancient world of mystery and esoteric beauty. Like so many personalities from past ages, so do I go there to take refuge from my everyday life routine. Surrounded by magnificent monuments and astounding nature, where the air is pure and I can breathe and think peacefully.
Furthermore, Sintra is a village with an amazingly delicious gastronomy, from the more traditional dishes to the traditional sweets (those who refuse to try a fabulous Travesseiro [a traditional pastry] do not know what they’re missing). It’s as much a consolation for the soul as for the stomach!