Come discover the awesome Sintra!
Tour including the major monuments in Lisbon, following the Cascais coastal road observing the defence fortresses, stopover in Cabo da Roca (the most western point in continental Europe) and visit to Sintra.
Convento dos Capuchos – 6,50€*
Palácio e Parque da Pena – 14,00€*
Palácio Nacional de Sintra – 9,50€*
Castelo dos Mouros – 7,50€*
Quinta da Regaleira – 6,00€*
The Capuchins convent is remarkable for its small dimension and simplicity, as well as for the use of natural materials, such as the natural stones and cork. This convent was the home to the Order of St. Francis of Assisi for years, materialising its ideals: the quest for spiritual perfection through seclusion, and renouncing to the pleasures associated to life on earth.
In 1838 King D. Fernando acquired the former convent of the Order of St. Jerome, built by order of King D. Manuel the 1st in 1511, and had new wings built, forming one single palace, under German romanticism influences.
The garden is also extremely interesting not only because it surrounds the entire scenario in a magic feeling, but also due to the large number of species, namely ferns, camellias and azaleas.
Also worth of a visit is the Chalet of the Countess of Edla (second wife to king D. Fernando), where the painting techniques on the walls resemble a wooden construction covered by cork used in an unconventional manner.
St. Peter’s Church was the main church of one of the first Portuguese parishes established by king D. Afonso Henriques after he conquered Sintra to the Moors in 1147.
Its original design is medieval, and it was rebuilt and enlarged in 1565.
This is a single nave church with a Manueline style dome, Baroque façade and tower, and walls covered in blue and white tiles depicting the life of St. Peter. The image of St. Pedro dates back to the 15th century.
The Moorish Castle is a fortress dating back to the 10th century, when the Iberian Peninsula was occupied by Muslims. It allies its historical interest to overwhelming views of Sintra all the way down to the Atlantic Ocean.
After King D. Afonso Henriques conquered Lisbon and Santarém to the Moors, in 1147, the Castle changed quite a lot as was used by many kings for defence purposes, such as king D. Fernando the 1st (1383).
After the damages caused by the 1755 earthquake, also felt in Sintra, the Castle was restored under the orders of King D. Fernando the 2nd, in the 19th century, following the romantic trends of the time, and it gained the shape it has today.
From all the Portuguese palaces, the National Palace of the Village of Sintra is the one that underwent less changes, being almost unchanged as from the middle of the 16th century, after the works ordered by King Manuel the 1st.
The Palace became property of the Portuguese Crown when Lisbon was conquered by D. Afonso Henriques, the first king of Portugal, in 1147, and was subject to several interventions, the first during the reign of king D. Dinis, in 1281.
Under the reigns of kings D. Dinis, D. João the 1st and D. Manuel the 1st, new wings were added and some others were remodelled. The later order the introduction of some Manueline decoration elements and tiles of Moorish inspiration.
In every corner of the four hectares of the Regaleira Estate echo voices from the past and hide ancestral secrets from ancient cults and religions including mysticism, alchemy, templar knights, free masonry, and a medieval esoteric ideology named Rosicrucianism.
A treasure to unfold slowly!
The tale goes that the name of this remarkable palace is due to a beautiful Moorish girl who sighed seven times (“sete ais” means seven sighs in Portuguese) before she died during the conquest of Sintra by the Christians, and that there are some places in the Palace where you will ear seven times the echo of a sigh.
In fact the Palace was only built in the 17th century for the Dutch consul in Portugal, and the arch was erected in 1802 to mark the reception given to King D. João the 6th and his wife D. Carlota Joaquina.
The Palace is now a luxury hotel, but some parts may be visited and it is the perfect place for a meal or just a tea.
The small Palace of Monserrate was a source of inspiration for many generations of writers and artists of different nationalities.
The building was erected in 1789 in the neo-gothic style, showing the eclecticism of the 19th century through the medieval and eastern influences that were later introduced. The exotic and natural motifs of the inner decoration seem to mirror the garden outside, which counts on hundreds of species brought from different parts of the world.