Welcome to City of Sintra
Sintra is both a town and a municipality in the Lisbon Coast/aka Estoril Coast region of Portugal. Its spectacular setting, 28km from Lisbon, houses a Royal Palace, used by generations of Portuguese royalty prior to the 1910 revolution. The surrounding hills are surmounted by the remains of the Moorish Castle and by the nineteenth-century Pena Palace. Historic Sintra is an heritage patrimony sight declared by UNESCO. The Estoril coast is often considered to be part of the Lisbon coast, which includes Cascais, Lisbon, Sintra, and other nearby municipalities.
Near Estoril, the majestic Sintra Mountains cast a veil of mystery over the town nestling on its northern slopes. The hills and the surrounding area have been classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage site both for their cultural significance and for their outstanding natural
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Sightseeing Of Sintra
Quinta da Regaleira (Regaleira Palace and Gardens), Rua Barbosa du Bocage, 2710-567 Sintra, (+351) 21 910 66 50 (+351) 21 910 66 50 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: (+351) 21 924 47 25). Regaleira Palace, situated at the historic centre of Sintra, is also part of the built heritage included in UNESCO's world heritage list as "Sintra cultural landscape".
The origins of this place date back to 1697, when the property was bought by Jose Leite, but it was only by the late 19th century that the history of the Palace and Gardens begins. In 1892 Carvalho Monteiro, an eccentric capitalist that had made a huge fortune in Brazil, bought the property and hired the Italian architect Luigi Manini to conceive a place that gathered, on the one hand, a sum of artistic currents (Gothic, Manueline and Renaissance) and, on the other hand, the glorification of national history influenced by mythic and esoteric traditions. A great variety of Masonic symbols is present in Regaleira Palace and Gardens. An important example is the magnificent "Poco Iniciatico" (Initiation Well), looking like an upside down tower, where at every 15 steps a plateau is reached, in a total of nine leading to the depths of the earth. The nine plateaus remind the nine circles of Hell, the nine sections of Purgatory and the nine heavens of Paradise, as designated by Dante. Monday to Sunday, from 10h00 to 18h30 (last entrance at 18h00)Prices with guide: 10 ˆ (standard); 8 ˆ (> 65 yr); 5 ˆ (9-14 yr); Free (< 9 yr). Prices without guide: 5 ˆ (standard); 4 ˆ (> 65 yr); 2,5 ˆ (9-14 yr); Free (< 9 yr).">
The Royal Palace
Pena park with Pena Palace (Palacio da Pena)
Beautiful example of Moorish architecture which is sadly not very well maintained. Nevertheless, well-worth a visit.
Convento dos Capuchos
Moorish Castle (Castelo dos Mouros) : One of the highlights of Sintra not to be missed. Ruins of a castle built by the Moors from the 9th century onwards. Apparently, when Cascais was under the rule of Sintra, a huge fire would be lit here annually to remind the people of Cascais that the Moorish Castle is there to protect them.
Toy Museum, Largo Latino Coelho (in the town centre). 10.00-12.30 14.00–18.00. Marvellous museum with over 20,000 exhibits. Great for kids but also for adults who can relive their childhood. 3 Euros; 1.50 for kids.