For the past two weeks here in London, and in many other cities around the world, we have seen thousands of protesters take to the streets in various acts of civil disobedience in the fight against climate change.
Extinction Rebellion are a peaceful, non-violent activist group who are seeking to force governments into taking the drastic action required in order to stop further irreparable damage being done to our planet.
Temperature increases, rising sea levels and extreme natural disasters are just a few of the consequences of further inaction.
Scientists believe we are now at a critical moment in human history. If we are to protect our planet, and indeed humanity itself, we all need to do our bit to reverse this current trend.
Simple things that we can all implement in our daily lives include walking and using public transport over vehicles, recycling waste and cutting the use of plastics.
Achievable lifestyle changes may also include buying an electric vehicle, switching to a vegetarian or vegan diet, and not taking part in ‘fast fashion’.
Personally, I believe we owe it to the planet and to future generations to get behind campaigns like this, and to support those who take part that face media ridicule and arrest in doing so.
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The jewel in the crown of Sintra is undoubtably the Palacio Nacional da Pena.
With its bold, vibrant colours, and eye-catching design and architecture, it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Lisbon, and indeed Portugal.
In 2017, Pena received more than 1.6 million visitors annually, and I would suspect this has and will continue to increase.
With those numbers in mind, it’ll come as no surprise that it can become exceptionally crowded in and around the palace.
So I thought I would share with you all my top 5 tips for making the most of your visit to this beautiful place!
1️⃣ Book your tickets online in advance here: https://www.parquesdesintra.pt/en - not only will this save you additional time when arriving (the ticket office queues are looooong), but you also receive a small discount on the entry fee!
2️⃣ DO NOT DRIVE TO SINTRA. I can’t stress this one enough. I was debating long and hard about renting a car, but I’m so glad I didn’t. The traffic is horrific, so much so that it is borderline strangling this poor little village. You will spend hours stuck in the tiny one way roads, and there is very limited parking available.
3️⃣ Instead, catch the train from Rossio station in the city centre of Lisbon. The journey is only 40 minutes and costs just €4.50 for a return ticket. Bargain.
4️⃣ Arrive early. An obvious one, but you’d be surprised at the difference it can make on the crowds and in maximising your time in Sintra. Doors open at 9.30am every day, so make sure you are arrive at Sintra train station with enough time allowing for the short walk to the bus stop, and subsequent 15 minute bus ride to the palace. You’ll be glad you planned ahead.
5️⃣ Explore more than just Pena! There are multiple wonderful sites to visit within the Sintra area, my personal favourite being Quinta da Regaleira. Providing you don’t mind a little walk, there are plenty of hiking trails where you can escape the crowds and enjoy some wonderful views. The village of Sintra itself is well worth exploring too, and is a great place to stop for lunch in one of the many restaurants.
I wish you all the fun in exploring Sintra and look forward to hearing your highlights!