Sintra is an historic town known for its natural scenery and a wealth of cultural history. It is a place of great mystery which beckons you to explore its different corners. Between archeological traces you can find diverse palaces, mansions and parks surrounded by luxurious vegetation. In addition you will come across many chapels, convents, churches, fountains and woodlands.
Palacio de Sintra
The Sintra National Palace is the only surviving Royal Palace from the Middle Ages. and since the beginning of the Monarchy the Palace was a royal residence. It boasts a chapel, built in the Mudejar style, the kitchen which has its two chimneys 33 metres high, the large Swans' Room, the oldest ceremonial room of the Portuguese Palaces. Do not miss the Arab Room and the magnificent Central Patio as well as the Coats-of-Arms Room with its walls' entire coating dating back to the 18th century.
The Sintra National Palace was declared National Monument and is today one of the most visited monuments in Portugal. The Palace relates to the monumental area designated by UNESCO as Sintra Cultural Landscape,inscribed in the World Heritage List.
Palacio da Pena-King Fernando II Saxe Coburg-Gotha adapted the ruins of the Jeronimo monastery of our Lady of Pena to create a small palace.The Baron Eschwege was responsible for building the present palace, a wonderful example of Portuguese Romanticism.
Quinta da Regaleira- Regaleira Estate
This quinta is a perfect example of mysticism and esotericism.It is an obligatory stop to experience the labyriths, grottoes and terraces full of historical references and symbols of masonry.
Palace and Park of Monserrate- This building was rented by William Beckford from 1793-1799 who landscaped much of today’s garden with exotic and subtropical trees and shrubs. Half a century later Sir Francis Cook bought the estate and the house which was inspired by the Brighton Pavilion was enlarged. He hired the head gardener from Kew and developed the gardens even further.
Capuchos Convent-This XVI century convent is hidden by nature and is of a simple construction built into the rocks, previously inhabited by Franciscan monks .
Sintra Council ( Camara Municipal de Sintra) http://www.cm-sintra.pt )
Sintra Parks ( parques de Sintra) http://www.cm-sintra.pt )