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Sintra

 

THE MOORISH CASTLE 

 

The Moorish Castle is one of the many mystical symbols of Sintra.

This castle dating back to the tenth century was built on the top of the Sintra Hill, after the conquer of the Iberian Peninsula by the Muslims, in order to function as a fortification. Around it there are two big Great Walls made of granite blocks taken from the Hill itself, and inside there is a set of rocks and cliffs.

During the tour by the inside of the Great Walls and the Castle, you can see not only the town of Sintra, but also the Sintra Palace, the Pena Palace, the unique landscapes of the Hill and even the Atlantic Ocean.

- Approximate Value: 8,00 €

- Timetable: until the end of March from 10am to 06pm; starting in April from 09:30am to 08pm

- Address: Rampa da Pena, 2710 Sintra

 

 

 

REGALEIRA PALACE AND FARM

 

Regaleira Farm, formerly belonging to the Viscountess of Regaleira, was built between 1904 and 1910 and, along with its Palace, is considered one of the most remarkable monuments of the Sintra Hill.

The whole garden surrounding the Palace and the Farm reveals a set of magic places wrapped in mystery, symbolism and romanticism.

Along the walk by this place, you can see references to Camões, the Order of Christ, the mythology and more.

- Approximate Value: 8,50 €

- Timetable: from November to January from 10am to 05:30pm; from April to September from 10am to 08pm; other months from 10am to 06:30pm

- Address: Rua Barbosa du Bocage, 2710 Sintra

 

 

SINTRA NATIONAL PALACE

 

The Sintra National Palace, also known as the Village National Palace for being situated in its historical center, is considered an unique monument in historical, artistic and architectural terms.

This is the only Palace that arrived intact to our days, of all the ones built throughout the Middle Age. Its construction includes two large chimneys that have become the major symbol of the Palace and even of the Village.

After being classified as a National Monument in 1910, and in 1995 as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, in 2013 became part of the European Royal Residences Network.

- Approximate Value: 10,00€

- Timetable: until the end of March from 09:30am to 06pm; starting in April from 09:30am to 07pm

- Address: Largo Rainha D. Amélia, 2710 Sintra

 

 

CHALET AND GARDEN OF THE COUNTESS OF D'EDLA

 

The Chalet of the Countess of D'Edla is one of the most emblematic points of Pena Park, where there is a fine and imposing manifestation of nature.

This Chalet was built by the King D. Fernando II for his wife Elise Hensler, the Countess of D'Edla, and you can currently visit it as an unique heritage, together with its garden.

During the visit to this area you can see several species of botany and explore various topics such as the extinction of species, the types of protected species and the climate of the mountain.

- Approximate Value: 9,50 €

- Timetable: until the end of March from 10am to 06pm; starting in April from 09:30am to 08pm

- Address: Estrada da Pena, 2710 Sintra

 

 

NATIONAL PARK AND PALACE OF PENA

 

The Pena Park, heavily influenced by the German romanticism, is made not only by the Pena Palace, the second highest point of the Sintra Hill, but also by the Chalet and Garden of the Countess of D'Edla.

The Pena Palace by itself is divided into two parts: the former convent of Manuelino painted in pink-old and a new palace built in the time of King D. Fernando II in the nineteenth century and that is painted in ocher. Surrounding these two divisions of the palace, you can still find a third structure consisting of an access tunnel, a drawbridge and watchtowers.

The Garden can be considered an exotic park as it contains more than 500 different species of trees and plants from all around the World. Moreover, it was built in the shape of labyrinthine and winding paths with some stone benches along the way, reminiscent of the romantic gardens.

In 1910 was classified as a National Monument, in 1995 a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and in 2013 became part of the European Royal Residences Network.

- Approximate Value: 7,50€ - Park; 14,00€ - Park and Palace

- Timetable: until the end of March from 10am to 06pm; starting in April from 10am to 07pm

- Address: Estrada da Pena, 2710 Sintra

 

 

MONSERRATE PARK AND PALACE

 

The Monserrate Park and Palace is one of the most important examples of the romantic architecture in our country, displaying both medieval and oriental influences in terms of decoration.

The exoticism and vegetation inside the Palace extend to the outside and its Park is known to be one of the richest botanical gardens in Portugal, and one of the most beautiful landscaping creations of romanticism in our country. In this garden there are species from all around the world that are organized by geographical areas, creating paths between lakes, ruins and crannies of the Park.

In 1975 it was classified as a Property of Public Interest, in 1995 as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, in 2000 was renovated and opened to the public and in 2013 was awarded with the "European Garden Award" in the category of "Best Development of a Park or Historical Garden".

- Approximate Value: 8,00 €

- Timetable: until the end of March from 10am to 05pm; starting in April from 10am to 07pm

- Address: Estrada da Nova Rainha, 2710 Sintra

 

 

CAPUCHOS CONVENT

 

The Capuchos Convent, also known as the "Cork Convent" was founded in 1560 as the "Convent of Santa Cruz of the Sintra Hill" and given to the monks. Currently and since 1995 is considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is part of the Cultural Landscape of Sintra.

This construction is especially known for its small size, for its rusticity and austerity, its stripping at decorative and architectural level and also because of its intensive use of cork for both protection and decoration.

The garden surrounding this building is considered an example of a primitive forest zone, having been lovingly maintained by the Franciscans who inhabited the convent.

- Approximate Value: 7,00 €

- Timetable: untilt the end of March from 10am to 06pm; starting in April from 10am to 08pm

- Address: Parque de Monserrate, 2710-405 Sintra

 

 

NATIONAL PALACE AND GARDENS OF QUELUZ

 

The Queluz National Palace before Queluz Villa, and its historical Gardens are one of the remarkable examples of harmony between the landscape and the palatial architecture in Portugal.

Since 1957, the Pavilion Queen Maria's attached to the Palace functions as residence during official visits of foreign heads of state to Portugal.

It is also in the Gardens of the Palace that you can find the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art which goal is to make known the Traditional Equestrian Art of Portugal.

It was considered in 1910 as a National Monument and in 2003 it became part of the European Royal Residences Network.

- Approximate Value: 5,00€ - Gardens; 10,00€ - Palace and Gardens

- Timetable: until the end of March from 09am to 05:30pm; starting in April from 09am to 07pm

- Address: Largo do Palácio de Queluz, 2745-191 Queluz

 

 

PORTUGUESE SCHOOL OF EQUESTRIAN ART 

 

The Portuguese School of Equestrian Art, the former Stud of the Portuguese Royal House was founded in 1748 by King D. João V, is headquartered in the Gardens of the Queluz National Palace and makes the presentations in the Ring Henrique Calado, in Calçada da Ajuda, Belém.

This school works as a mean of promoting the education, practice and dissemination of traditional equestrian art of our country. Their horses are all Lusitanian and from the same family as the ones used in the eighteenth century and are considered unique in the world while riding cultural heritage.

- Address: Largo do Palácio de Queluz, 2745-191 Queluz

 

 

LIVE SCIENCE CENTER OF SINTRA 

 

The Live Science Center of Sintra has the main objective of disseminating and promoting not only science and technology, but also society and culture, functioning as a dynamic and interactive space.

The main topics covered in this center are the water, the human body, the environment, the astronomy and the issues related to physics and chemistry.

- Approximate Value: 3,50€

- Timetable: from Tuesdays to Fridays from 10am to 06pm; weekends and holidays from 11am to 07pm

- Address: Rua Carlos de Oliveira Carvalho N19, Ribeira de Sintra, 2710-540 Sintra

 

 

CABO DA ROCA

 

Cabo da Roca, known as the westernmost point of mainland in Europe, is located at the end of the Sintra Hill.

From its end you have a splendid view over the Atlantic Ocean and the Natural Park of Sintra-Cascais.

Its cliffs are over 100 meters high and its lighthouse built in 1772 still serves as an important point of navigation along the coast.

- Address: Cabo da Roca, 2705-001 Colares

 

 

 

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