Sintra - FURTHER INFORMATION
Sintra - Sintra visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Sintra' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Distrito Lisboa.
Sintra, on the edge of the Serra de Sintra mountains, is a major tourist attraction and travel destination in the Lisbon District of Portugal. This small, picturesque town has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of the abundance of 19th century Romantic architecture.
Sintra was occupied by the Moors from the 9th to 12th centuries, who built the Castelo dos Mouros to protect vital links between Sintra, Mafra, Cascais and Lisbon at a time when the village was enclosed by the castle walls. In Medieval times the village moved down the slopes to the current location and the castle was abandoned.
Sintra lies next to the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, which encompasses the Serra de Sintra, about 18km inland from the Cabo da Roca which is the westernmost point in Europe. The town is surrounded by plains with stunning scenery, has a very favourable climate and has often been referred to as one of the most beautiful towns on the Iberian Peninsula. Lord Byron described Sintra as 'glorious Eden', Hans Christian Anderson declared it 'the most beautiful place in Portugal, and it is the focus of the epic poem 'Os Lusíadas' by the Portuguese poet Luís de Camões.
Sintra Tourist AttractionsWonder around Sintra and admire the Romanesque buildings, churches and squares. Take a horse drawn carriage through the medieval layout and see why, for hundreds of years Sintra has drawn people again and again. This interactive map contains a virtual tour of some of the local attractions, which include:
- Castelo dos Mouros - a top tourist attraction, a 9th century Moorish Castle containing the 12th century, Romanesque Church of Saint Peter (Igreja de São Pedro).
- Municipal Museum - close to the the Palácio Nacional de Sintra the museum contains exhibitions about the local history, archaeology and sacred art.
- Palácio Nacional de Sintra (Paço Real, Sintra National Palace) - the palace was the seat of the House of Avis and arguably the best preserved Royal Palace in Portugal. Established by the Moors in the 10th Century, the palace shows Gothic, Manueline and Moorish architecture.
- Palácio Nacional da Pena (Pena National Palace) - oldest remaining palace inspired by European Romanticism and a major expressions of this 19th century building style. The palace is perched on a rocky crag at 528m the palace offers some of the best views of the Serra de Sintra.
- Parque da Pena - 200ha/494 acre botanical park established by Ferdinand von Coburg-Koháry with over 400 species of trees and shrubs. Within it is the Cruz Alta placed here in 1522 on the highest point of the Serra de Sintra at 540m.
- Sintra Toy Museum - as the name suggests, a toy museum with over 20,000 exhibits, one of the largest collections in Portugal.
- Seteais Palace - neo-classical building with a grand archway, now a luxury hotel that hosts ballet in the summer
- Monserrate Palace - contains an extravagant mixture of European and Oriental architecture complete with domes, ornate decorations and a highly decorated tower
- Quinta da Regaleira - 19th century romantic palace and chapel surrounded by a luxurious park with lakes, grottoes, wells, fountains, and a vast array of exquisite constructions, also known as the 'Palace of Monteiro the Millionaire'.
- Quinta de Monserrate - botanical gardens established in the late 18th century by William Beckford, it contains waterfalls, an exotic Moorish palace, Mexican and Japanese gardens.
Sintra Tourist Information Office
Pç. da República, 23
Phone: +351 21- 923 11 57
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Flight: Lisbon International Airport (LIS).
Road: Sintra IC 19 is about 31km from Lisbon.
Train: Lisboa, Rossio Station - Sintra Station, Queluz, Rio de Mouro, Mercês Stations.