Having never been to Portugal, I thought Lisbon have enough for us to see on our long weekend trip but a friend kept urging us to check out Sintra. A few castles and an hour train ride didn't seem to worth it but then I did some research on the Pena Palace and my mind changed instantly.
Constructed during the reign of Ferdinand II, this palace defies all preconceived notions of how a castle looks. Bursting with color, constructed with a variety of styles this palace was one of the most amazing structures I've yet to see.
Each corner vacillates between Gothic and Moorish architecture.
It feels like something out of Super Mario World.
The interiors don't have such a sweeping impressive feel but there are some beautiful corridors and masterful details.
The town has a few other sites including the Sintra Palace, with it's two conical spires that beckon your attention. Although not as spectacular as the Pena Palace, it and the town is still worth taking in.