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    Tourist Attractions in Sintra

    The most interesting and beautiful tourist attractions in Sintra. Photos and a brief description.

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    About Sintra

    The Portuguese town of Sintra consists entirely of magnificent palaces, exotic parks and picturesque natural landscapes. From here, the famous Cape Roca and the Sintra-Cascais National Park are just a stone’s throw away. The city is 27 km away. from the Portuguese capital, so you can get there quite easily.

    Sintra has a milder climate due to the proximity of the ocean, a calmer and calming atmosphere, and the abundance of historical monuments and a large flow of tourists does not seem to disturb the peaceful flow of provincial life at all. Since the XII century, the city has been the summer residence of the Portuguese aristocracy. People came here to enjoy nature and clean sea air, think about the meaning of life and calm their nerves.

    Top Tourist Attractions in Sintra

    Pena Palace

    In the XVI century, a monastery stood on the site of the palace, built in honor of the birth of the heir of King Manuel I. But the monastery was destroyed in the earthquake of 1755. Only the chapel and the altar survived. In 1840, a palace began to be erected on the site of the ruins, which was later used as a royal residence. The architectural complex is surrounded by a magnificent landscaped park with exotic vegetation.

    Pena Palace
    Sintra National Palace

    Sintra National Palace

    The palace complex was built under the ruler Joan I in the XIV century and rebuilt in a pseudo-Moorish manner under Manuel I. The walls of the building are decorated with unique Seville tiles of the XV-XVI centuries. The interior of the palace is quite modest, the carved wooden ceilings made in the Arabic style are of particular interest. The complex was declared a national monument at the beginning of the XX century.

    Quinta da Regaleira

    A park complex with a neo-Gothic style palace, one of the most visited attractions in Portugal. Previously, the estate belonged to a member of the Masonic lodge and millionaire Monteiro. According to his idea, the architecture of the palace and the park design had to meet his philosophical ideas about life. As a result, a project was implemented in which styles, unusual fantasies and whims of an eccentric mason were mixed.

    Quinta da Regaleira
    The Well of Dedication

    The Well of Dedication

    In the park of the Quinta da Regaleira complex there is an amazing place that is wildly popular with tourists. This is a wide well, a stone "underground tower" with stairs and arches, built in accordance with the ideas of Masonic teachings about the structure of the Universe. The "well of initiation" is an allegorical ladder connecting heaven and earth, at the bottom a person is in darkness, and at the top he learns the light and goodness of spiritual knowledge.

    Moors Castle

    The castle stands on the top of the Serra da Sintra, it is surrounded by a picturesque landscape park. The structure was erected in the VIII century, when the entire Iberian Peninsula was under the rule of Arab conquerors. In the XII century, the fortress passed to the Portuguese. Until the complete expulsion of the Moors, the castle performed defensive functions. After the earthquake of 1755, the structure lay in ruins for a long time, restoration took place in the XIX century, but the castle lost its historical appearance.

    Moors Castle
    Montserrat Palace

    Montserrat Palace

    The history of the building dates back several centuries, the last serious restoration took place in the middle of the XIX century by order of the English industrialist and millionaire F. Cook. The palace is a bizarre and harmonious interweaving of several architectural styles, with Indian and Moorish influences noticeable in the interior and exterior. In the middle of the XX century, the complex passed into the possession of the state and became available for visits.

    Capuchin Monastery

    The monastery is located on the territory of the Sintra-Cascais National Park. It was founded in the XVI century and existed until the XIX century (before the order on the dissolution of monastic orders). Nowadays, the monastery has fallen into disrepair, and is gradually being destroyed – the walls are overgrown with ivy and moss, only the facades of the buildings remain. The monastery complex is located in a rather secluded and remote place, which can only be reached by car or on foot.

    Capuchin Monastery
    Countess Edla's Chalet

    Countess Edla's Chalet

    The mansion was built at the request of the second wife of King Fernand II – Eliza Hensler, Countess of Edla. She remained in the memory of the Portuguese as an artist, actress, singer, architect and botanist. Her cozy chalet is hidden among the lush vegetation of the Pena Palace Park. In 1999, there was a big fire, as a result of which the rear was destroyed. In 2011, after a partial restoration, the place became accessible to the public again.

    Sintra Tram

    The tram runs on a 13-kilometer line from Sintra to the city of Praia das Masans. He makes eight stops along the way. The line was laid in 1904, and eleven historic tramcars regularly run along it. The tram is mainly used as a tourist attraction. For more than 100 years of its existence, the line has been repeatedly closed due to lack of funding for modernization.

    Sintra Tram
    Cape Rock

    Cape Rock

    The extreme point of the Eurasian continent is 18 km away . from Sintra. The cape is located on the territory of the Sintra-Cascais Natural National Park. The place is a rock towering 140 meters above the ocean, it has always been fanned by legends and a romantic halo. A lighthouse is installed on the cape and there is a small souvenir shop where a traveler will be given a certificate of visiting the westernmost point of Europe for a few euros.