6 Most Popular Attractions in Sintra

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Convent of the Capuchos

This convent is a pale reflection of the architectural mastery that was brought with the 19th century to the town of Sintra. It was used as a substitute for the original sanctuary after the original was destroyed by a devastating fire.

It has been restored in the past to make it a museum that is open for all the visitors. It is decorated with beautiful stained glass windows, woodwork and is an example of the outstanding skill that was proven by the people of the 16th century.

It is also the only one among all the other convents that remains a true convent to this day, with a cloistered life that is far from the one of modern times.

Monserrate Park & Palace

Be amazed by the extraordinary Golden Age Palace of the Marquis of Pombal, a masterpiece of architecture, built between 1726 and 1799. It was built in just eight years, which is almost impossible to believe today. You can also admire the palace and gardens from our Jacintoport Dining Room, if you are enjoying your dinner or lunch.

You can also admire some artworks, found in the Sala of Nobility, such as the portrait of the Emperor Sebastian I, who is considered the builder of the Palácio; next to him is the portrait of his son, Prince Henry, Marquis of Pombal; and finally the wall painting "Embaixador" of Gaspar Peixoto, an 18th-century Portuguese painter.

If you are coming from the Pombaline Way, you can admire the 150-year-old traditional Portuguese tile roof.

Castle of the Moors

On Berlengas archipelago Tours:

Catch a boat tour with this unique destination to learn about the history of the Castle of the Moors.

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Castle Museum: This is the place where you can learn about the history of the castle. There are characteristic objects, weapons and tools, different decorative elements and furniture that were used during the period of the Moors.

Old Church of San Mateus: There was a 15th century medieval Gothic church on the site of the current, decorated in contemporary style.

Enjoy the visit to the old village of Berlengas and its little houses and shops. (Photo of Berlengas)

Castle of the Moors: It was built by the Order of Knights Templar and later it was used by the Order of Christ. The castle with high walls and strong towers is an important defence tower which dominates the island and its surroundings.

Moorish Palms: They are an important element of the landscape of the archipelago. They are the subject of different legends that make their history.

Sintra National Palace

The Sintra National Palace is considered one of the most important cultural monuments in the country. Its Medici Palace extends over an entire square block and was designed by the Florentine architect, Buonarroti. It boasts some of the finest king’s gardens in Europe.

The Palace is a masterpiece in noble Renaissance architecture which has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on the grounds of its cultural value and historical importance since 2000. The Palace is both the seat of the Portuguese Parliament and the official residence of the President of the Republic.

Lisbon may not be the most populous city in Portugal, but it is home to some of the most historical spots including churches, museums, palaces and castles. Lisbon beaches are also great for a swim in the summertime and also play host to some of the best sightseeing in the country.

Quinta da Regaleira

Pena National Palace

Known as the “Wonder of the World” in 1751 by its royal architect, the architect Nicolau Nasoni. It is a neoclassic palace built between 1746 and 1756, in a baroque Joanne architectural style.

The palace is also known as the “the Crystal Palace of Sintra”, for the palace was originally built as a shelter to protect the duke's favorite conifer trees.

As one of the most significant works of Baroque architecture in Portugal, this palace is one of the most representative symbols of Sintra, being a National Monument and as well as a “Pillars of Europe” due to its outstanding historical and architectural value.