What to Do. Where to Go
- Pena Palace and Park: Dating back to 1840, it was built 500 meters above sea level by King Ferdinand II of the Saxe Coberg Gotha Dynasty, later to become Portuguese King consort D. Fernando II, on the early 16th century ruins of an ancient convent of Hieronymian friars.
- National Village Palace: It is said that this palace was originally an early moorish building. Its current configuration derives from two different construction periods in the XV and XVI centuries. Its chimneys are Sintra's ex-libris and well know symbol.
- Capuchos’ Convent: It was built in a remote area of the mountain in 1560 by D. Álvaro de Castro and inhabited by Franciscans monks for several centuries. Their miniscule cells, the chapel and other rooms are all covered in cork. It is also known as the Cork Convent.
- Quinta de Regaleira: The Regaleira palace and gardens were created between 1904 and 1911 to the design of the famous Italian architect Manini and comprise the mytichal-magical dreams of its owner. They bear particular witness to the romantic era. A monument not to be missed!
- Moorish Castle: This monument offers an unique view over the Historical Centre of Sintra. It was built by Arabs in the VIII century and was an important military landmark. It was finally conquered by D. Afonso Henriques, the first Portuguese king, in 1147.
- Monserrate Palace and Garden: Purchased in 1856 by Francis Cook who commissioned the construction of a new oriental style palace with revivalist motifs. Besides the palace we also recommend a visit to the magnificent garden, an authentic open air botanical museum.
- Queluz Palace and Garden: This splendid monument was built between 1747 and 1760 by the king D. Pedro III. It's the perfect portrait of an era influenced by appearances and theatricality. It is often compared to the Versailles Palace, but nevertheless it's a distinct Portuguese construction!
Beyond the History
- Magoito Beach: This is the closest beach to us, but also one of the wildest and most beautiful beaches around.
- MUSA: Sintra's Modern Art Museum holds an interesting collection of figurative art, mostly paintings and sculptures produced in Portugal.
- Ericeira: The picturesque village of Ericeira is 25 km away from us and it offers delightful beaches and terrific sea food restaurants.
- Setúbal and Arrábida: Arrábida's Mountain is a charming area full of natural beauty and pristine beaches one hour away from our place.
- Estoril and Cascais: These well know elegant residential areas by the sea are 20 km away from Quinta Verde Sintra. We recommend a promenade by the beach between both villages!