Facts about Sintra:

  • Sintra is considered the romantic village of Portugal, due to the beautiful buildings, charming streets, misty weather and the way man make buildings are woven into nature
  • Sintra is classified as UNESCO’s World Heritage Site since 1995 in the category of “Cultural Landscape”

Historical facts on Sintra:

  • Occupation around Sintra dates back to the Paleolithic era
  • Major milestone was in 1147 when D. Afonso Henriques conquer the Moors’ castle
  • From the early times of Portuguese monarchy, Sintra has frequently played a political role and was considered as a summer home of the court

Must see when visiting Sintra:

  1. Downtown, where you can stroll around labyrinth of streets and history
  2. Pena Palace, hidden in the forest and full of wonder and myths
  3. Quinta de Regaleira, two steps away from downtown
  4. The Moorish Castle ruins, sitting majestically on a hill top
  5. National Palace, unmistakable with its 2 high chimneys
  6. Seteais Palace, today a famous hotel
  7. Monserrate Palace within a garden full of different plant species

Around Sintra you have:

  • Cabo da Roca
  • Capuchos Monastery
  • Peninha Sanctuary

When in downtown you must eat the famous Travesseiros pastry from Piriquita pastry shop and Queijadas.


For more information about Sintra monuments visit:

Parques de Sintra

Quinta da Regaleira