Sintra- A Beautiful Landscape Near Lisbon
Fairy Tale Town
Sintra situated about 35km away from Lisbon is home to castles and palaces that look like they come straight from fairy tales is often referred to as the fairy tale town. It is named after the moon goddess of the Moors and its exotic and lush vegetation it’s no wonder that Sintra has captivated the greatest poets philosophers, aristocrats, and conquerors. Take a look at Tours from LIsbon to Sintra and Book your exciting and unforgettable tour to discover the Mysterious Palaces and Nature of Sintra.
In recognition of its gorgeous natural landscape, Sintra was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From the largest and most impressive structures to the most charming constructions, Sintra proves how man-made development can also improve the natural beauty. The mixture with Roman, Arab and Portuguese designs on castles makes them the most desired, not only across Europe but also around all over the world. Sintra has two palaces that are national, Palacio da Vila and Palacio da Pena in addition to other lesser-known but equally beautiful and significant ones.
Palacio da Vila (Town Palace)
Palacio da Vila stands at the heart of the village. It has its twin chimneys that are thought to be to be the iconic landmarks of Sintra. It was built during the reign of the Moors and later incorporated to Manueline features by the succeeding Portuguese royalty The palace is the most well-preserved medieval castle in Portugal and was occupied in a more or less continuous manner since the beginning of the 15th century until the end of the nineteenth century.King Afonso V was born (1432) and died (1481) in the Palace. Afonso V’s successor was The King John II, was acclaimed as the King of Portugal in the Palace of Sintra.
A sad tale that has been that is associated with the Palace is the story of King Afonso, a mentally unstable monarch VI who was sacked by the brother Pedro II, and forced to stay in the Palace until 1676, and then his death in 1683. In the vicinity of Palacio da Vila the streets and squares are lined with shops and dining, as well as museums which house renowned historic artifacts like for instance, the Regional Museum, Museum of Modern Art and Toy Museum.
Its Pena Palace, standing on the top of a hill, overlooking the entire village, is most sought-after for its gorgeous interiors, however its exterior beauty is equally impressive. palace is also impressive. The Pena Park, with ponds with fountains and exotic trees is truly unique it is a breathtaking scene! The palace was built during the middle ages and was used as a chapel. Later, it was became an abbey. The 19th century saw Dom Fernando II, the King Consort, popularly known as the “artist” king, requested his German baron Eschwege to complete restoration work to transform it into a summer palace. In 1910, following declaring the Republic that year, the palace was transformed into an art museum. Just down the hill to the left of Pena Park is the Moorish Castle. Its elevated location provides breathtaking panoramic views over the area.
Moors Castle (Castelo dos Mouros)
The Moors constructed their castle Castelo dos Mouros in the 8th or 9th century. The time Afonso Henriques was crowned king of Portugal, with the assistance of Crusaders captured Sintra in 1147. A large part of Sintra’s castle fell. There were only four square towers along with the battlements, as well as the ruin of the Romanesque chapel remained.
Quinta Da Regaleira
Quinta da Regaleira is another must-see place in Sintra. Medieval and mythological images adorn the property, and secret caverns , an initiation well and a cave make the beautiful garden even more intriguing and mysterious. Over at Regaleira are located the Seteais Palace, a neo-classical structure which is now a five-star hotel. Along the same road as Seteais there is also located the Palace of Monserrate, a tiny palace that has Neo-Gothic and Indian architectural styles.
Cabo do Roca, 18kms from Sintra is the westernmost point in Europe. The cliff is that overlooks the ocean. It also has the lighthouse which offers stunning views of sunsets across the Atlantic Ocean. Nearby beaches are among Portugal’s best: Praia da Adraga topping the list of the BBC’s best 20 European beaches. Praia Grande as well as Praia des Macas. All with clear water with fine, sand.