Are you looking for a getaway where there’s a perfect harmony between the gorgeous nature and the heritage of a historic city? you have knocked then to the right place! Sintra is a town and a municipality in the Grande Lisboa subregion (Lisbon Region) of Portugal, considered part of the Portuguese Riviera. Sintra is becoming more and more a must-visit destination all over the Europe in its entirety considering the fact that there are top things to see in Sintra. In this article, we will have a look at the top 7 things to see in Sintra.
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Palacio Nacional de Sintra
The place was in continuous use from the 15th century up until the fall of the monarchy in 1910. It is recognizable with its iconic twin conical chimneys that extend above the kitchens. The whimsical interior is a mix of Moorish and Manueline styles, with arabesque courtyards, barley-twist columns and 15th- and 16th-century geometric azoles (hand-painted tiles) that figure among Portugal’s oldest.
Palacio de Monserrate
Located at a mile or so west of Sintra, the Park and Palace of Monserrate is one of the most romantic architectural masterpieces in the whole of Portugal. It is Inspired by Gothic, Indian and Moorish influences, and has in its park even Mexican and Japanese gardens. The 19th-century palace was a favorite with the Portuguese court as a summer retreat but was originally commissioned and designed by an Englishman, Sir Francis Cook.
Castelo dos Mouros
Soaring 412m above sea level, The Castle of the Moors is a 10th-century Moorish Castle’s dizzying ramparts stretch across the mountain ridges. It is the oldest structure in the city and was built in order to protect Sintra’s fertile agricultural lands but was partly destroyed fell into despair. It was restored during the 19th century as a feature for the grounds of the Pena Palace.Thus, Castelo dos Mouros has not stolen its reputation as one of the top 7 things to see in Sintra
The Pena Palace is a wacky confection of onion domes, Moorish keyhole gates, writing stone snakes and crenelated towers in pinks and lemons. It is considered the greatest expression of 19th-century Romanticism in Portugal.
Where to stay:
You may want to stay over there or walk around the vicinity “two birds with one stone !” if that’s the case you can head over to the capital Lisbon which is barely about 30 minutes away from Sintra. Once there, you could find a bunch of gorgeous hotels and resorts.
The Quinta da Regaleira
The Quinta da Regaleira is a 19th-century extravagant gothic mansion that was constructed by what is said to be the richest man of Portugal. Thousands of tourists flock to the castle every year to admire the unique architecture of the mansion that combines Gothic, Egyptian, Moorish and Renaissance features. One of its most fascinating features is located beneath the ground – a pair of wells spiraling deep within the earth called the Initiation Wells.
Praia da Ursa
Who doesn’t want to lay on that beach? The access is rather treacherous and the Atlantic waters dangerous, but it is really worth it.
The lake and the forest
Last and not least in our list of the top 7 things to see in Sintra is Sintra’s forest lake. They are simply mind-blowing. You will truly feel like you are in a fairy tale. As said above, Sintra is more and more an attractive breathtaking city with top things to see and experience.