PALACIO DA PENA
The fantastic Palácio da Pena is one of the best examples of 19th-century Romantic revivalism in Portugal.
Situated at the top of the Monte da Pena, the palace was built on the site of an old monastery belonging to the Order of St. Jerome. It was the fruit of the imagination of Dom Fernando of Saxe Coburg-Gotha, who married the queen Dona Maria II in 1836. After falling in love with Sintra, he decided to buy the convent and the surrounding land to build a summer palace for the royal family.
CASTELO DOS MOUROS
Winding over two ridges of the Serra de Sintra, the Moorish Castle dates back to the early days of the Moorish occupation of the Peninsula - the 8th Century.
After various attempts it was definitively taken by Dom Afonso Henriques in 1147, and there was built the first Christian Chapel of the borough, dedicated to São Pedro de Penaferrim.
In the romantic period, about 1860, the walls were restored under the supervision of Dom Fernando II, husband of Dona Maria II, who afforested the surrounding areas, and gave the old medieval ruins a new dignity.
PALACIO E QUINTA DA REGALEIRA
The palace of Quinta da Regaleira was built in the early 20th century by the millionaire António Augusto Carvalho Monteiro (1848-1920), who managed to realise one of his dreams here with the help of the scenographic architect Luigi Manini (1848-1936). Surrounded by lush green vegetation, the Palácio da Regaleira is a fascinating discovery.
A special mention is reserved for the Capela da Santíssima Trindade (Chapel of the Holy Trinity), where visitors can descend via a spiral staircase into the crypt to discover the monumental initiation well that, at the bottom, leads via a grotto to a surprising lake hidden in the middle of the gardens.
PARQUE E PALACIO DE MONSERRATE
This fantastic Romantic park was created by William Beckford, who fell in love with the Serra de Sintra.
It was, however, Francis Cook, the first Viscount of Monserrate, who created the contrasting scenarios that are to be found in the park.
Spontaneously growing species from Portugal combine with others originating from all of the world’s five continents, inviting visitors to enjoy a stroll through plant varieties of the whole world, ranging from such countries as Australia to Mexico and Japan. Altogether, there are more than 2500 species.
PALACIO DE SETEIAS
The Palace of Seteais, Elegant palace, was built in the 18th century for the Dutch consul, Daniel Gildemeester, in a portion of land courtesy of the Marquis of Pombal. Currently, it belongs to the hotel company Tivoli Hotels & Resorts.
PALACIO DE SINTRA
The Sintra national palace is unique amongst the royal mediaeval palaces in Portugal. It is both an initiative of Dom João I, who rebuilt it, and Dom Manuel I, who enriched the building’s decorative character and added a new aisle.
the interior of the palace has a quite remarkable decoration, being a combination of various artistic styles. You can find various rooms, In particular, the Swans’ Room, the Armoury’s room, the Magpie or Reading Room and the chapel.
Outside, the most striking and distinctive feature of the two large conical chimneys of the kitchen, each measuring 33 metres high, now adopted as the symbol of Sintra.
CONVENTO DOS CAPUCHOS
Capuchos Convent, also known as Santa Cruz or the Cork Convent, was built in 1560 by Dom Álvaro de Castro, in fulfilment of a vow by his father, Dom João de Castro, who was Viceroy of India.
Its tiny cells, little chapel, refectory and other dependencies, installed in the rock and lined with cork, are a telling example of the humble and austere existence of the Franciscan friars who lived here.
CHALET DA CONDESSA D'EDLA
It was built according to the model of alpine chalets in vogue in Europe in the second half of the nineteenth century by the king consort D. Fernando II for the Countess of Edla, a classical singer with whom he fell and love and would marry in a second marriage in 1869, 16 years after the death of Queen D. Maria II.
The building, charged with a strong scenic atmosphere of the romantic spirit of the period, is completely covered with mural painting, emphasized on the outside with the use of cork as a decorative element on the door frames, windows and bull’s-eye windows.
CABO DA ROCA
Known as the most western point of the European continent. At about 150 meters above the sea, you can admire a vast panorama of the Serra de Sintra and the coast, which makes this visit unforgettable. Historical records show that in the 17th century there was a fort at Cabo da Roca, he played an important role in the surveillance of the entrance to Lisbon, forming part of a line of defense along the coast, especially during the Peninsular Wars. Currently, there are only a few ruins, in addition to the lighthouse which remains an important point for navigation.
PALACIO DE QUELUZ
The Palace of Queluz and its gardens, represents one of the finest examples of late 18th-century Portuguese architecture.
Built at the orders of Pedro III, the husband of D. Maria I (1734-1816), and used as a royal residence, this palace is one of the finest examples of Portuguese architecture in the late 18C.
It has been further enriched by an important museum of decorative art, whose collections mostly belonged to the royal family and are exhibited in an appropriate setting.
The surrounding gardens are embellished with fountains and ornamental ponds, where sparkling water spouts forth from mythological figures. Particularly impressive is the group of sculptures around the Neptune Basin.
The capital of Portugal, located on seven hills, with its exceptional light, the clear houses that rise on the hills, where the ochre colour of the roofs, the polychrome of the Azulejos of the houses and the tortuous alleys of the old quarters gives a special atmosphere.
At night, in the traditional neighbourhoods of Lisbon resonate the voices of the Fado and the youngest meet in the lively bars of the docks, by the River, or in the Bairro Alto, near the Chiado.