2. Terrace of Triton
The Terrace of Triton is an absolute must-see for anyone visiting the Palácio Nacional da Pena, also known as the National Pena Palace, the symbol of Sintra. This exquisite archway is a popular spot for Instagrammers, and it’s easy to see why. The attention to detail is simply amazing, with the mythical figure of Triton taking center stage. 🧜♂️
What makes the archway so unique is its theme, which blends elements of the aquatic and terrestrial worlds. The lower part of the arch features a stunning design with intricate corals and three seashells, one of which serves as Triton’s throne. Moving to the upper part, we see the tree growing from Triton’s head, representing the terrestrial world, along with grape vines framing a stunning window on the second floor.
But the Terrace of Triton is just one small part of the National Palace of Pena, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the best places to take photos in Sintra. With a vibrant red clock tower, yellow facades and breathtaking city views, this 19th-century castle is the perfect example of Sintra Romanticism blending different architectural styles, from Neo-gothic and Neo-Moorish to Neo-Manueline. Also, notice how this place is full of turrets, those medieval towers that stick out of the walls in castles, especially the ones you find in playgrounds. 🏰
When visiting the palace, don’t miss its extravagant gardens, which are as eccentric as the architecture itself. This is where beauty, history and nature come together to create a truly magical atmosphere.