All sorts of experiences within a short distance range.
Sintra is the most mystical and romantic destination in Portugal par excellence. It has been an UNESCO world heritage site for its cultural landscape since 1992. Its sudden and mysterious mists, farms, palaces and mansions dotting its verdant hills, and the novels, poems and artworks it has inspired have helped to make this town a unique, magical and utterly compelling destination.
Come and discover Sintra, the capital of romanticism 25 km from Lisbon where the remains of human occupation during the Neolithic era and Bronze Age coexist with palaces, mansions and farms which proliferated during the 19th and 20th centuries. The lush vegetation, misty micro-climate and calmness one feels amid the tracks, paths and woods brought kings, poets, merchants, artists and travellers in search of tranquillity and inspiration.
Described by Ptolemy as the “Mountain of the Moon”, Sintra is a place of fascination for anyone interested in the spiritual side of life. The greatest proof of its universal appeal is the abundance of old monasteries and chapels dedicated to contemplation, as well as the countless legends linked to pagan rituals. But Sintra is also the perfect destination for anyone who likes to play golf or is interested in health tourism. With recent and modern facilities, contemporary Sintra lives healthily and calmly with historic Sintra.
But there are traces of every age almost everywhere: the palaces and castles recount the more illustrious side of history, while the farms, markets and wineries reveal the bounty nature provides here. The beaches are ideal for those who prefer milder temperatures; the restaurants serve fish that is as fresh as the water in the sea itself; and the impressive lighthouse and Cape Roca setting is always a breathtaking view no matter how many times you visit. There are many ways to describe Sintra and its surrounding areas, but few are as picturesque as the popular saying which says that Sintra is the place where winter spends the summer. Come and discover why.
The second most famous castle in Lisbon deserves your time and visit for many reasons.
Prepare yourself on the trip to Sintra, because the climb is hard and the panoramic view from the walls will take your breath away.
The castle is a UNESCO world heritage site for its architecture and the surrounding landscape.
The castle was built at the top of the Sintra hills, on extremely uneven terrain, by the Moors in the 8th or 9th century.
It was conquered by King Afonso Henriques at the time the country was founded in 1147.
Prepare yourself for the Romanesque chapel that has stood since the time of the Christian reconquest, and to walk the steep path that lets you discover the whole Lisbon region.
Put a day aside for your own conquest of Lisbon and Portugal.
The Sintra Myths and Legends Interpretative Centre invites you on a journey into the mysticism, secrets and romanticism of the town, by means of its history, music and literature.
Through set pieces, multimedia techniques and sensory experiences, reality and fiction intersect at each of the 17 points along the route.
The project team included architects, set designers, scriptwriters, historians and specialists in audiovisual productions, holograms, sensory effects, augmented reality and 3D films.
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Close to both Sintra and Lisbon, the National Palace of Queluz and its historical gardens are one of the most remarkable examples of the harmonious link between landscape and palatial architecture in Portugal.
They illustrate the environment and lifestyle which the Royal Family and the Portuguese Court enjoyed in the second half of the 18th century and the early 19th century, while, at the same time, showing how tastes developed in this period marked by the baroque, rococo and neoclassicism, directing our attention to moments of great historical relevance, in the transition from the Ancien Régime to Liberalism.
Quinta da Regaleira is one of the most astonishing and unfathomable monuments of Sintra's Cultural Landscape, classified by UNESCO as World Heritage Site.
Set on the elegant promenade connecting Sintra's National Palace and Palácio de Seteais, the state was purchased in 1893 by philanthropist António Augusto Carvalho Monteiro for his family's summerhouse.
Between 1898 and 1913, in the hands of Italian architect and scenographer Luigi Manini, António Augusto Carvalho Monteiro converted his dominion into an ambicious Total Art project, submitted to a complex landscape and architectural program that materalized the imaginary garden concept, much in vogue since the late 17's.
It is nowadays considered the masterpiece of Neo-Manueline Art from the last period of romanticism in Sintra.
Situated in the town’s historic centre, the National Palace of Sintra is an unique monument, distinguished by its outstanding historical, architectural and artistic value.
Of all the palaces built by the Portuguese monarchs throughout the Middle Ages, only the palace of Sintra has survived to the present day virtually intact, still maintaining the same essential features of its shape and outline since the mid-16th century.
The main building campaigns that took place after the Christian Reconquest in the 12th century were sponsored by the kings Dinis, João I and Manuel I, between the end of the 13th century and the mid-16th century.
These campaigns consisted of adaptations, enlargements and general improvement works that have given the palace its present-day appearance.
You can always count on the Portuguese to find new ways to leave their little rectangle beside the sea. Come and discover the history of Portuguese aviation.
Discover the life and work of two generations of talented sculptors at the Anjos Teixeira Museum. You’ll find the studio and school bequeathed by Master Pedro Anjos Teixeira.
The westernmost hotel of Europe, Praia Grande, 12km from Sintra. 59 rooms Panoramic Restaurant, Bar, Swimming pool, Events up to 180 persons. Free parking
Explore the most beautiful Atlantic beaches in the region, where you’re as likely to spend the day in beach shorts in the sun as a fleece in the café.
Belas is a Championship Golf Course. The layout is extraordinary, with several fairways and greens set in deep valleys, and it affords unforgettable panoramic scenery to golfers and visitors.
The point where the land ends and the sea begins. Immortalised in the famous words of Portugal’s greatest poet, Luís Vaz de Camões, Cape Roca impresses all who visit.
Discover one of the calmest and most contemplative convents in the Sintra hills and Lisbon region. The Convent dos Capuchos awaits you.
Discover the house museum of a unique master in the Lisbon region and take the chance to explore the Sintra area which is always worth a visit.
Inhale and set off to conquer the climb up to the Castelo dos Mouros. At the top of the Sintra hills stands one of the most iconic places in Portugal’s history.
Central Palace Hotel - CHARM AND TRADITION | One venue, one event, one investment! Legends, Myths and Mysteries of Sintra
Modern Buddhist Kadampa Temple, with a shop, café, gardens and accommodations. Open for visits, meditations, Buddhist teachings and retreats. Everyone is welcome.
Sintra Touristic Train - Enjoy a sightseeing tour that shows the most emblematic places of Sintra, the Sintra National Palace, the Quinta da Regaleira, the Castle of the Moors and the Pena Palace.
This romantic pavilion in Pena Park was inspired by Swiss mountains houses. However, most of the materials used, including the cork and the masonry, are from Portugal.
Located in the old kitchen of the Palace of Queluz, the restaurant remains unchanged at its essence …worthy of kings!
Taking a tour with DUCA will make your holidays extra special with our selection of different tours. Taking a tour with DUCA will make your holidays extra special with our selection of different tours.
Multipurpose space, combines pastry, tea room, gourmet shop, art gallery and local accommodation in an atmosphere of pleasure, culture and tranquility
Extremo Ambiente is a reference in touristic recreation and specializes in cultural and nature-based tours, for individual travellers, groups and corporate events.
Go2Cintra is a tourist animation company whose main objective is to help you get to know the beautiful natural and cultural landscape that Sintra has to offer, in an ecological way.