Road trip from a Portuguese palace to a surfers’ paradise

February 21, 2022 by No Comments

Putting your worries behind you, chucking a few things in the car boot and going on an adventure – it’s something we all need to do from time to time. Surfer and yoga teacher Ambre and photographer and filmmaker Aljaz know all about this kind of travelling. They spend most of the year on the move, and this time they loaded up a ŠKODA KODIAQ and drove it over the Pyrenees. Check out their first video, which focuses on Portugal, its beauty spots and monuments and everything else the country has to offer.

Our first stop is the breathtaking Monserrate Palace, nestling in the gardens of the same name near the famous city of Sintra. In 1858 Sir Francis Cook, Viscount of Monserrate, had the palace built and made it his summer residence. The architect James Knowles sited the building on the ruins of a neo-Gothic castle on land belonging to the Order of Monserrate. The Romantic palace was praised, among others, by Lord Byron in his poem Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, and was also the home of the English writer William Beckford. Since 1949 the palace has been in the property of the state and in 1995 it was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List, along with the whole area around Sintra, as a site of enormous historical value.

Ambre and Aljaz in the romantic Monserrate Palace

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