Looking up, looking down in Sintra

Situated only 25km from Lisbon, Sintra is a picturesque town that has extravagant palaces, ancient castles and stunning scenery.

One of the most popular day trip from Lisbon that people take is to see the colorful Palácio da Pena. This spectacular castle is located high in the Sintra Mountains and is considered one of Portugal’s Seven Wonders.

Taking pictures from different angles makes the final photos more interesting and helps viewers get a better feel of the place.

Another place to visit in Sintra is the Quinta da Regaleira which is a captivating estate crafted by an eccentric Free Mason. Within its grounds, one can see the mysterious Initiation Well.

Gazing up to the sky or peering into the bottom of the well, with each direction evoking a unique feeling captured by the camera lens.

Linked to Jazzibee’s Lens Artist Photo Challenge

And Debbie’s Six Word Saturday


  1. eklastic says:

    I love the red colour! It’s so unusual as bright as this.

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks a lot. Its colour stands out on the Sintra skyline.

  2. Love the colour and the angle

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks so much!

  3. jazzibee says:

    Thanks for joining in, Teresa! I really liked that image of the folk going down that unusual stairway. It looks quite over grown with moss. Amazing place!

    1. Teresa says:

      It was a hard climb but definitely worth it. Thanks.

  4. Debbie says:

    Brilliant ups and downs, Teresa. And a wonderful place to do it 🙂

    1. Teresa says:

      Glad you liked it Debbie.

  5. Toonsarah says:

    Thanks for taking me back to Sintra, and to the Quinta da Regaleira which I loved! You make (and illustrate well) some great points about the impact of looking at things from different angles.

    1. Teresa says:

      I would have thought that you were already able to visit this place…you’ve been everywhere haha
      Thanks for the wonderful comment Sarah.

      1. Toonsarah says:

        It was a long while ago, during a Virtual Tourist meet in Cascais (2009)!

  6. Tina Schell says:

    A wonderful example for the week Teresa – excellent evidence of the importance of looking both ways!

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks a lot Tina. Glad to join you all again in this challenge.

  7. JohnRH says:

    Excellent. Loved that mystery well. How strange.

    1. Teresa says:

      Strange and interesting! Thanks. John.

  8. Wow, the stairs look like Escher’s inspiration.

    1. Teresa says:

      Oh yes, maybe. Thanks for the comment Rebecca.

  9. ThingsHelenLoves says:


    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks Helen, I really love Sintra.

  10. Sofia Alves says:

    One of my favourite places when in Lisbon. I love everything about it, so much to see. Your photos are gorgeous, Teresa. It’s a shame you got the Initiation Well so full of people, it has a strange vibe when you’re alone (ish).

    1. Teresa says:

      What month was it not busy? It is really a shame that I can’t even take a good photo without somebody popping in on my shot haha.

  11. Leya says:

    A beauty, and marvelous perspective!

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks A-C, it was such a beautiful place whatever angle of photo you take.

  12. Alison says:

    Love these Teresa, I wonder what the initiation was! I will have to visit Lisbon one day

    1. Teresa says:

      I think it’s a long story. Better for you to just visit Sintra and see it for yourself haha

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