Magical place, where the past blends with the present and the Kingdom of fantasy mingles with reality, Sintra is classified by UNESCO as Cultural and Landscape heritage of humanity. The Serra de Sintra, with an area of 10 by five kilometers, is one of the ex-libris of the zone. The various farms, palaces, viewpoints and trails that have been being built makes this saw a place extremely rich architectural, historical and environmental level. Of the various existing monuments in the municipality, a few stand out for their beauty and sumptuousness: Pena National Palace, the Palace of Seteais, the Monserrate Palace and the Capuchos convent. Due to its beauty and wealth, Sintra was populated from an early age. The first references date back to the prehistoric times, leaving some monuments to prove it: the megalithic monument of Tholos of Monk, the Neolithic Dolmen de Monte Abraao, the Neolithic menhirs of the barrier, the Neolithic Dolmen de Agualva and the dolmen of stretch marks. Later, the Roman occupation left so many traces: the Roman bridge, the stretch of Roman road, the villa of São Miguel de Odrinhas, Armés, the Beautiful and the fortified village of Olelas. The gastronomic level, Sintra boasts delicious delicacies such as roast lamb, pork at Mercês, the veal to Sintra, the stew of Daffodil and alcaboz and, for dessert, the Sintra's cheesecakes, the pillows and fluffy. To accompany, taste the famous wine of Necklaces. Completing the tourist offer of this beautiful location, especially its beaches of clear waters: the Cabo da Roca, the praia das Maçãs, praia da Aguda, praia de São Julião and praia da Adraga. Be sure to visit the village of Azenhas do Mar, with a small beach with rocks and natural pools.
What to do in Sintra
Serra de Sintra
Located to the west of Lisbon, it belongs to the sedimentary line of the Estremadura. It is 10 kilometres long, five kilometres wide, has a perimeter of 30 kilometres and reaches its peak at na altitude of 540 metres, in Cruz Alta. It belongs to the Sintra/Cascais Natural Park and comprises two different sorts of landscapes: one is the wide …
Taverna dos Trovadores
This is a space that combines three generations: sons, parents and grandparents. It is composed of three rooms with a regional decor: the guitars fill the walls and contribute to its typical and welcoming atmosphere. Quite original cuisine. Restaurant and mini Gourmet and cultural sho. Bar with live music on weekends and holiday eves. Good wine list.
This hotel, founded in 1764, is the second oldest in the world. It is a magnificent building where nothing was forgotten. The luxury reigns in the decoration and the professionalism of the service leaves nothing to point. The 16 rooms have different names and are conspicuous by their romantic décor. Features lounges, bar, wine cellars and restaurant, among other high-level …
Pousada Palácio de Queluz
This space that once belonged to the Royal Guard of the Court, being protected by the Queluz National Palace, houses, nowadays, a refined Inn with 26 rooms and 2 suites carefully decorated. It has a privileged location, just five kilometres from Lisbon, Sintra and 14 to 20 of Cascais. The old kitchen restaurant, where you can taste delicious dishes.
Tivoli Palácio de Seteais Sintra Hotel
Luxury Hotel installed in Seteais, an example of late 18th century architecture. This space, situated in a quiet and very beautiful around Sintra, combines tradition and comfort of our days. It offers 30 rooms richly furnished and refined, with large gardens of rare beauty.
Passear de Charrete em Sintra
Sintra is the perfect scenery for a charrete (cart) ride! This means of transportation that gets us back to the daus of kings and princesses, is the most romantiv and original way of getting acquainted with the historic area. One may also choose and longer ride to the town's outskirts.
Parque de Monserrate
In 1863, practically 100 years after th construction of the palace, Francis Cook asked Francis Birt to create the Monserrate Park. The park has thousands of trees and plants from different locations in the world. The most exotic come from Japan (bamboos) and from America (yuccos). A special note as well to the several grottos, waterfalls, lakes and corners of …
Castelo dos Mouros
Castle built in the 12th century, suffering after several modifications, above all in the reign of Dom Fernando II. It is from this period that possibly date his current appearance. The primitive Moorish Castle subsist the cistern, the line of battlements and square towers which reinforce the wall. Within the grounds there is a Romanesque chapel in ruins.
Convento dos Capuchos
Built in the middle of cliffs and vegetation, this Convent is also known as convent of Santa Cruz da Serra or Cork. Simple construction of great rusticity was founded in 1560, by Dom Álvaro de Castro, as fulfilment of a vow he had made to his father, Dom João de Castro. In this space all is miniaturial, the tiers, lined …
Paisagem Cultural da Vila Velha e Serra de Sintra
In 1992, UNESCO extended the categories of World Heritage and added the farmlands. Sintra obtained this classification with its typical and rich landscape, from the village up to the mountains. The old town of Sintra was an important center of the romantic architecture in Europe in the 19th century. With its Royal Palace, the Villa has a privileged position and …
Palácio de Monserrate
The Monserrate Palace is an eighteen hundreds construction topped by bulbous red cupolas with facades opened by doors and windows of soft Gothic curves. On the inside, there is an exuberant decoration of plaster and domes with Indian and classical themes. It is surrounded by superb and romantic gardens where it is possible to find thousands of exotic species due …
Palácio Nacional da Pena
Pena National Palace was constructed on the top of a hill above the ruins of a former Monastery with Manueline traces, and used to be the summer residence for the Portuguese Kings. This impressive work is the result of the perfect conjunction of different architectural styles such as romanticism Neo-Gothic, Neo-Manueline, Moorish and Indian. This entire ensemble stands out, with …
Palácio Nacional de Queluz
This construction is the result of Dom Pedro V will in transform Queluz Estate into a Palace. The work started in 1747 under Mateus Vicente de Oliveira supervision and later from J.B. Robillon who gave the Palace its decorative splendour. Inside the Palace we can stand out the Thrown room, the Music Room and the Hall of Ambassadors. Its gardens …
Palácio Nacional de Sintra
Sintra National Palace, also known as Town Palace is an impressive example for the palaces and the only preserved Royal Palace in Portugal from the Middle Age. Its plant is complex and irregular and it is the result from several construction campaigns and periods in which the main ones were during Dom João I and Dom Manuel time and also …
Quinta da Regaleira
This estate used to belong to Baron of Regaleira and it was built in the beginning of the 20th century. It was projected by the Italian scenographic architect Luigi Manini and it was built under the Romantic style. This space is considered one of the most important examples for the revival architecture in Portugal. The estate shows itself as an …
Praia das Maçãs
A beach with a wide stretch of sand in the mouth of the Colares brook, easy to get to, with a picturesque tram that goes down the valley. There are lovely rocky formations surrounded by the small town of Colares. …
Praia da Adraga
A lovely beach in between sea carved cliffs, that belongs to the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park. On its northern part there is naturism. Its western part is composed of rocky cliffs and small beaches in between, namely the Adraga Beach. A …
Praia das Azenhas do Mar
It was named after the water-mills that once stood on the cliffs. There is not really a beach, just a natural saltwater pool framed by a beautiful landscape, being frequented mainly by tourists. The existing restaurants are typical and have …
Museu Arqueológico de São Miguel de Odrinhas
This space has the biggest national collection of objects for the study of the old inscriptions. Most of them come from the surrounding areas, with a large number of tomb inscriptions and several "tesselae" and roman mosaics.
Cantinho de São Pedro
One of the oldest restaurants in Sintra. It serves regional Portuguese and French dishes by the warmth of a fireplace. Kind, correct service. Selected wine list.
A house located in the historic centre, decorated with tiles in the old style, with a peaceful atmosphere. It stands out for its cuisine's quality, namely the sweets, and has been awarded several national and international prizes.
Praia Grande - Colares
A wide, easily accessible beach, its wide stretch of sand is sheltered from the strong north winds and ends on a cliff to the south. Quite attended by surfers. Everey year it welcomes a competition of the World Bodyboard Championship …
Anta da Estria
Anta with polygonal Chamber, without covering slab and corridor. Retains bounding TUMULUS. Belong to the set named "Antas de Belas". Is classified as a national monument.
Penha Longa Resort
The Penha Longa Hotel Spa Golf Resort has a magnificent & serra de Sintra as inspiration. Absorbs the mysticism of these stops and turns them into spaces of great luxury and refinement. Are 200 hectares of Quinta da Penha Longa …
Pestana Sintra Golf Resort & Spa Hotel
Integrated in Quinta da Beloura complex, this luxury hotel, opened in 2006, is mainly visited by golfers, because it has 18-hole golf course. A SPA and two outdoor pools complement the offerings of this tourist unit.
Anta do Monte Abraão
Dolmen of polygonal Chamber with six Struts, corridor and cover slab, shifted. Belong to the set named "Antas de Belas". Is classified as a national monument.
Palácio de Seteais
This building is formed by two bodies with sober and well proportioned lines, revealing a neoclassic style. In 1802 the two lateral bodies were connected by a huge triumphal arch, celebrating Dom João IV visit. On the inside the highlights …
Charming hotel located in the heart of the Sintra village, next to the imposing building of the National Palace. Common to all public spaces, the panorama extends from the village to the mountain range, revealing the Castle of the Moors …
Palacete Pombal / Palacete dos Condes de Almeida Araújo
This extraordinary neoclassic building was outlined by José Costa e Silva and ordered to be built by the 2nd Marquis of Pombal in Queluz. The exterior spaces are developed around a central oval foyer. The sculptures were done by a …
Jardins do Parque da Pena
In this 16th century park, from the reign of Dom Fernando, there are statues, water surfaces, belvederes and several plants. The entrance costs 3.5 €, 2 € for youngsters and senior citizens. It may be visited between 9 am and …
Parque da Liberdade
A park with a picnic area, bars, a skating rink, a tennis court and several fountains and lakes. There is a wide variety of species.
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A house located in the historic centre, decorated with tiles in the old style, with a peaceful atmo…
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Where to sleep in Sintra
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