Sintra is a Portuguese city located near Lisbon. It is characterized by its charm and beauty. History and mysticism are present in its various palaces and mountains, which make up the Serra de Sintra National Park. Sintra, a historical city, is considered one of the main tourist destinations of Portugal. In this article, we leave you some suggestions of what you can visit in this city
1 | Pena Palace
This is an icon of Sintra due to its distinctive features because it is a colourful element and a mixture of architectural styles, romanticism to neo-Gothic, neo-Moorish and neo-Manueline. It was built by an eccentric king, D. Fernando II, in the 19th century, who wished his palace to reflect the magnitude of an opera scene. Their colours contrast sharply with the greens of the surrounding forest. Before the Portuguese nobility fled to Brazil in 1910, they spent their last night in Portugal at this Palace. Surrounding this palace are 200 hectares of forests and gardens that make up Parque da Pena. In this park, we can find beautiful trails and mazes.
2 | National Palace
The National Palace represents the Gothic style and was the most frequented royal palace in Portugal. Its gothic architecture is characterized by its arches and white façades. However, the two structures that capture the attention are the huge chimneys situated over the kitchens. The most emblematic rooms inside are the Swan Room and the Pegas Room.
3 | Moorish Castle
The Moorish Castle was built by the Moors of North Africa to protect fertile lands. In the 19th century, it was partially restored after being abandoned and made a ruin. Later in the 19th century, it was restored as an integral part of the grounds of the Pena Park. Today it is known not only for its history but also for the incredible view we can observe in its viewpoint.
4 | Quinta da Regaleira
Quinta da Regaleira is a Gothic mansion built in the 19th century by the then richest man in Portugal António Carvalho Monteiro, or as it was known as “Monteiro dos Milhões”. It is characterized by its gardens and tunnels system, hidden throughout the property. Here you will find the Holy Trinity Chapel and the Initiatory well with its iconic spiral staircase.
5 | Serra de Sintra
The Serra de Sintra, also known as Monte da Lua, is associated with a huge mysticism that persists to this day. It extends over 10 kilometres to Cabo da Roca (westernmost point in Europe). The highest point of this mountain range is 529 meters high and is known as Cruz Alta.
This is a city that has been visited by many different personalities, including Isaac Bashevis Singer, Nobel Prize for Literature. Do not miss the opportunity to visit this city too.