The Mourish Castle is just the best place to visit if you’re ever in the Lisbon area. It’s in Sintra. A wonderful and romantic town, filled with narrow little streets and shops, were it is best appreciated when you go walking. To get to the Castle you can go walking up the hill, catch the bus or by car. This time I went by car and it was quite a challenge, because the road is very narrow and curvy! LOL But I can guarantee than whatever way you decide to take, the reward is breath taking and amazing. From a far, the walls of the Castle can not be seen, it was built in such a way, that you can see far away into the Atlantic Ocean and into the city of Lisbon, the perfect way to be prepared from enemy attacks.
Well, I am not the most fit person or do I go to the fitness center or gym to do a full workout session of 3h, like most people do, so walking up the narrow stairs made of stones can be quite tiring and if you are a bit like me after climbing a few steps you will be out of breath. But don’t worry, I have the perfect solution for that. You can just stop when you feel tired, take a deep breath of that purified wave of fresh air coming from the Ocean, relax and enjoy the view. When you are ready, you can continue your journey up the stairs.
If you are the kind that likes nature you would definitely enjoy the visit and even if you are not a nature kind of person, I can assure you that the view from above is magnificent! As geeky as I am I borrowed some binoculars and from the top I could see Lisbon all the way to the river Tagus and the bridge- Ponte 25 de Abril. The weather was great, sunny and no clouds were on sight, it was just the perfect day!
You can also enjoy the beautiful wild flora that surrounds the Castle and if you are a plant enthusiast you will find plants that are not found that often. After this spectacular visit around the Castle and Sintra you can finally enjoy a visit to Piriquita. An amazing coffee shop, where you can put your taste buds into a challenge and eat some of that delicious Travesseiro, a sweet pastry made by the gods! That will definitely kill your diet, but after all that walking and climbing it is well worth! It is so good that you will not be able to eat just one, so order double for each person and everyone will be satisfied.
Thanks a lot and happy travels!