Hiking On Crutches

A few weeks ago, my partner in crime and I decided to spend a week in Lisbon, Portugal. We vacationed in the Lisbon District, visiting several cities in the vacinity. Needless to say, Portugal is a beautiful country. And the Portuguese were so friendly and warm! One downside to the whole vacation, I had just broken my foot three weeks prior and was stuck on crutches… but that didn’t stop us!

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The vacation started on Guincho Beach, a popular wind surfing beach. We stayed at the Hotel Muchaxo and would definitely stay there again. When we arrived, the hotel secretary upgraded us to a deluxe beach view room! Major plus.

Since the beach is known for wind surfing, mostly all of the beach-goers were out in the water. This allowed for a peaceful and sun-filled day listening only to the waves crash. Plus it was highly entertaining to watch the windsurfers cut across the waves!

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After a day at the beach, Tho and I decided to clean up and drive around the coast.

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We found a beautiful courtyard of buildings called the Casa da Guia with dozens of different cafes, stores, bars, and restaurants. And its all along the beautiful coastline.

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Picture 1 here.

Tho and I were unlucky with the weather during our stay. The first day at the beach was beautiful and sunny, but then the clouds came for the next few days. But that didn’t stop us from having fun.

Disappointed about the weather, we decided to venture to the Sintra National Park. Pena Palace, Sintra city center, and Quinta da Regaleira were our must-see stops!

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I admit, it was very difficult to climb all of the cobble stone hills and stair cases up to the Pena Palace on crutches. But the Palace was so unique from any other palace I have seen, so I would say it was definitely worth the trouble. On the bright side, I did get some new-found arm muscle after this trip!

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Picture 2 here, Picture 3 here.

The gardens in the Quinta da Regaleira were absolutely breathtaking. It was such a beautiful experience to be surrounded by so much nature. Tho and I took about an hour to climb up the path to the top. The entire journey we stopped for photos and to take in the beauty.

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The most exciting part was to find the underground tunnels that lead to the “Initiation Well”, a steep 27 meter staircase that connects the top of the mountain to the underground walkways. Definitely a spiritual yet spooky experience!

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Picture 4 here, Picture 5 here.

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After a long day of hiking and climbing, I was dead tired. So Tho and I decided to relax at the Quinta da Regaleira cafe before heading off to Sintra city center. The rest of the evening was spent at an adorable little restaurant near the Sintra main square, but I can’t for the life of me remember what it is called.

Well that’s all for now! I’ll post the rest of our days later.

xo, Olivia

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