Road trip from a Portuguese palace to surfers’ paradise

Pleave your cares behind, throw a few things in the trunk of the car and go 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 this type of trip well. 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 beauties and monuments and all that the country has to offer.

Our first stop is the breathtaking Monserrate Palace, nestled in the gardens of the same name near the famous town of Sintra. In 1858, Sir Francis Cook, Viscount of Monserrate, built the palace and made it his summer residence. Architect James Knowles placed the building on the ruins of a neo-Gothic castle on land owned by 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 English writer William Beckford. Since 1949 the palace has been state property and in 1995 it was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List, together with the whole area around Sintra, as a site of enormous historical value.

Amber and Aljaz in the romantic Palace of Monserrate

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