From the distance, the two huge twin smokestacks of the National Palace of Sintra betray its presence. In their dependencies, you can appreciate the characteristics of the Manueline style and a lot of the typical Portuguese tile mosaics. They also emphasize the artisan artistry of the rooms. In one, there are the 72 coats of arms of the Portuguese nobility. There is one space with a missing shield, which, apparently, was omitted after the nobleman betrayed the trust of the king.
The garden that surrounds the palace have different zones ( a lake, a tower, a water fountain....) and they are also connected to each other by secret passageways. It’s easy to spend even a whole afternoon here.
The ticket for the palace and the gardens cost 8, but you can only visit the gardens for 5
The Cabo da Roca is the westernmost point of Europe, and the truth is it is incredible and beautiful. I recommend a trip by car from the village of Azenhas do Mar, Praia da Maca and heading south to Cabo de Roca. The area is great for the views, the lighthouse is a tourist office and for about 5 euros they give you a diploma that says you have gone to the most western point in Europe. There is also a bar and restaurant that I have not tried, so I can not give an opinion of it. You must be careful because locals told us that there may be theft in the parking, although there is a security guard present. I recommend it to anyone but here you have some photos so you can see how incredible it is.
This is a place with a great view, since from its ramparts you can see the grandeur of the Palace of Pena and Regaleira. This wall invites us to wakl through its many steps. The day I visited I saw something I did not expect, on the trail that goes up, after going through an old chapel, archaeologists discovered tw2o bodies with brushes just weeks ago. It seems almost as old as this structure. And the chapel, for that week, a few days after being there, I saw on TV later on. They discovered other bodies lying under a thin layer of earth for which many people had walked, including myself. That's something you can not say every day, lol. For those ve do not believe there will be some of the pictures I took that day.
This beautiful palace of Sintra is currently being restored. The city is a World Heritage Site because it has everything: castles, museums, and palaces. It is a charming place where everything seems magical, including the beautiful coastline. There are a few miles of beaches actually, so it would be a perfect place for a holiday. Other palaces that really struck me were the Pena Palace (located in the top of a hill and surrounded by lush vegetation) and Seteais and Regaleira.
Normally when you get to Sintra you take one of the buses that go up to the Pena Palace and the Moorish Castle. But I got the bright idea to convince the group to walk, of course, I didn't know the exact path and nothing was further from my intention to almost kill us (anyone can do the exercise, but my group was not very motivated). Yes, the effort was worth it to us all because the trip was spectacular. For hikers, I really recommend walking up, the palace is beautiful and the castle too, but really the most impressive thing was the vegetation of Sintra.
One of the best things about living in the Lisbon area, is to explore the surroundings, and Sintra is such a treasure to discover. You can't help being enchanted. I've been there twice and surely want to return. It's an old and very traditional village, with loads of restaurants, cafes and bakeries, and shops where you can buy souvenirs and learn a bit more about this adorable place. The tiny streets, the clumsy paths... If you go through the mountains, you'll able to inhale so many freshness provided by the big trees and plants, and it's such a great feeling. Pure air. All the way through the mountains and trees, you'll find the most romantic, old and amazing castles and palaces to visit, such as the Pena Palace, the Monserrate Palace and the Castle of the Moors. It's an amazing journey visiting Sintra. I hope you're able to get to know this whimsical village.
The Capuchin Convent is situated a few kilometers from Sintra in the middle of a mountain. To visit it you have to buy the ticket at the entrance or buy 1 for 2 days that lets you see more of the attractions close by. Its main charm lies in its peace, especially if you visit when there aren´t too many people. It is worth visiting.
One of the mysteries of Regaleira is its "little Iniciático". It is believed that it was used in rituals of initiation. They say you can find a relationship between its 9 "floors" in the play "do Conceito Rosicrucian Cosmos". It is an underground gallery with a spiral staircase that has columns that go down to the bottom of the well. Each "floor" of the ladder is 15 degrees and each one refers to a part of Dante's Divine Comedy, the 9 circles of hell, paradise, or purgatory. At the bottom of the well is the compass made of rose marble that lies on a Templar cross where you will see the symbol of Carvalho Monteiro (the owner of the Regaleira) , and at the same time the indication of the Rosicrucian Order.
The Freedom Park is located in the center of Sintra, close to the National Palace. It's a pretty big park, with many benches and full of greenery and trees. The most original feature of this park, is that it is full of large figures that represent various animals, both real and imaginary. These figures are very colorful and give a fun touch to the park. In one of the areas of the park you can also find some ducks, chickens and peacocks that dancing around. It is definitely worth the visit. The park is very cool and original.
Also known as Da Miradouro Ferraria, from this viewpoint we can see part of the historic town of Sintra, and the basin of the river that separates this part of the new zone. The views are not anything special, with many houses in the middle, but going to the lookout point is a nice short walk through Sintra, a town that you have to take it easy and walk for maximum enjoyment.
La Fonte Mourisca, constructed in 1922 by the sculptor José da Fonseca, is situated in the center of Sintra, close to other attractions in the city such as the Park Liberdade or City Hall. This is an input fountain with many carved details, like the shield of Sintra. To get to Sintra by public transport, you can use the train from Lisbon and leaves you in the Sintra station.
The almost magical sculpture of Poseidon holding some of the columns of Sintra Palace, Portugal were details that I liked at this dream palace. Manueline style, it follows the maxim of realism, has a maritime theme and the magic and romance that characterizes it having a typically Portuguese artistic style. I especially liked it as people are not overly attached to passing under the arches (they re more concerned about making a line to get to the rooms of the king).
This museum is in the old city and exhibits a collection of antique toys from throughout Portugal, by the collector Abués João Moreira, who wanted to share his love with the world. We remember our childhood and our grandparents, from toy soldiers and dolls to entire collections of playmobil, the collection covers 4 floors with separate sections for toys by genre and history. If you go with children it's a site worth visiting.
One of the first things to see in Sintra is its charming Old Town, a magical and beautiful place where you can explore the cobblestone streets and check out the historic cafes. But of all the attractions in Sintra, none holds a candle to the Pena National Palace, a mix of medieval, Gothic, Manueline, Renaissance and Romantic architecture that is considered one of the most iconic sights in Portugal.
The Castle of the Moors is another of the top places to visit in Sintra and is situated on a stunning peak in the Serra de Sintra. You can walk along its walls and enjoy spectacular views that stretch all the way to the Atlantic. The city's palace also rank among the best Sintra attractions; don't miss the Quinta da Regaleira, the Monserrate Palace, or the Queluz National Palace.
One of the best Sintra activities, especially for photographers, is a visit to the imposing Cabo da Roca, a the westernmost point of continental Europe. It's a cliff rising 140 meters above the Atlantic Ocean that offers unbeatable views of the coast. Visiting Cabo da Roca is one of the most popular things to do in Sintra among the locals.
So, as you can see, there is no shortage of amazing stuff to do in Sintra! Whether you want to explore it's UNESCO-recognized palaces or relax along the scenic coast, you're bound to find something to suit your tastes. For more on what to do in Sintra, check out these recommendations from the minube community and start planning your trip today.