Sintra, A Wonderful Day Trip from Lisbon
It took us less than an hour to get to Sintra from Lisbon. We went by bus which we took from the lot right behind the Marques de Pombal monument. I believe we paid 20 euros each for the trip which included the Hop On Hop Off Bus fare in Sintra.
We still had to buy our admission tickets to Pena Palace which happened to be Sintra's main attraction. Unfortunately, we were not able to go inside the palace since there was a long line to get in and we were told of the very long wait. We opted to just buy the ticket for the outdoors and the gardens. By the time we left the area, the line to get inside the palace had gotten even longer and we felt lucky to have just toured the premises. The palace was indeed a sight to behold.
We left Sintra around 5 pm. We were the only ones on the bus back to Lisbon. We met a very talkative and friendly driver who spoke very good English. Apparently, he lived and worked in London for several years, at a hotel, which was why he spoke English so fluently. It was he who told us that it wasn't worth it going inside the Pena Palace. Having heard that, we didn't feel bad anymore about not having been able to get in. He dropped us off at the Amoreiras Mall and he strongly urged us to go up the tower at the mall for an aerial view of the city of Lisbon.