Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Hazy Mountain


Sintra Mountain Range as seen from the city of Sintra, 15 kms north of Oeiras.
The Moorish Castle (9th century), with its 450 m long walls, stands on the top. It is part of the Cultural Landscape of Sintra, recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

26 comments:

Crazy Tourists said...

How nice!!!
This house on the right looks lovely!!

Olivier said...

un magnifique paysage

Celia na Italia said...

Lindo lugar!
Estivemos em Sintra em 2006 e me encantei pela cidade.

Sharon said...

Looks like a beautiful view!

Tanya said...

what a pretty view! can you tour the castle?

JM said...

@Tanya: Yes, I promise to go there soon and I'll show you then. :-)

Al said...

Both this and the previous photo are incredible, and show that your region has such an amazing history. You're making me want to plan another trip to Portugal, it's been over 30 years since I've been there.

helsinkippusa said...

Yesterday I read that it takes about an hour to walk to the castle from the city. Now I can see why.

Joel (UrbanExpo AKA Expo) said...

WOW thats awesome! That castle looks really cool.

-Expo
Urbanexpo.blogspot.com

Jarart said...

The haze on the mountain adds to this scene. The castle seems wrapped in mystery.

joo said...

There's so much to see in your area! This castle looks fabulous and I like the houses.

Peter said...

I have been to Sintra twice, but never made it up to the Moorish Castle... Next time! :-)

Cezar and Léia said...

Hey, that's great! I have many memories of this place.
First time I was in Sintra (on my own): decided to walk up to see Palácio da Pena and Castelo dos Mouros, got lost, found a group of students who were going to do rappelling nearby, walked nearly two hours with them and almost had to climb a small cliff to get there...
Second time I was in Sintra (with Léia): decided to take the bus, the driver was a ... er ... rude man ... expelled us from the bus because we got on too early (man, the door was open!), we got angry, decided to walk, stayed on the "good path" and nevertheless it took us almost two hours to get there... :)
And I don't regret any of it, the place is marvellous!
God bless you!
Cezar

VP said...

I climbed up there, what a view! Any picture of the Palacio da Pena? I really like it!

T. Becque said...

Oh that's so impressive and I would love to see it myself!

Steffe said...

Fantastic.

Jack said...

What a BEAUTIFUL shot and what a BEAUTIFUL place! I want to go there.

Jacob said...

What is so striking about this photo, other than the subject matter, is the way the light casts the houses in such sharp relief as opposed to the misty mountains. Superb!

As I recall there is (or was) a woman blogger from Sintra - a woman who took pride in being a "traditional Catholic woman" and she posted some very fine photos of the area. So beautiful!

Randy said...

Beautiful scene. Love the castle.

Small City Scenes said...

Wow what a perfect shot. I do hope you show us more pictures of the Moorish Castle. Is the whole top of the hill walled? Cool! MB

Joan Elizabeth said...

Mountains ... my favourite landscape. And with that building in the frame .. perfect.

Mo said...

magnificent

Gine said...

Belle silhouette, mais la petite maison rose m'irait aussi ! Belle photo, JM !

jennyfreckles said...

That's a gorgeous photo, the mistiness of the background and those sweet houses in front. I join the clamour for more photos of this place. Living in a World Heritage Site myself, I am really interested in seeing other sites.

Rob and Mandy said...

Superb photo!

Dina said...

Exciting, beautiful, inviting.