Sintra, Portugal

Sintra, Portugal, is both a place and a state of mind: open to the unexpected, delighting in the fantastic, and eager to explore the unknown. It is a unique blend of striking natural landscape, ancient stone monuments, elaborate gardens, magical forests, and stunning castles and palaces. Sintra has drawn people to it for more than 7,000 years.

Sintra is:

  1. the name of a small town in western Portugal, just a little north and west of Lisbon;
  2. the large municipality that encompasses it; and
  3. the low granite massif (also known as the Mountain of the Moon) that rises abruptly out of the plain and stretches 16 km (10 mi) from the town of Sintra to the Atlantic.

From the best-known sites—The National Palace, Quinta da Regaleira, The Castle of the Moors, and The Palace of Pena—to lesser-known but equally powerful places like The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Peninha, The Chapel of Saint Eufémia, and The Monk´s Tomb and Fairy Forest, Sintra offers the visitor numerous opportunities to explore memorable places and experience magic.

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Alto da Vigia

Alto da Vigia is the site of a monumental Roman sanctuary from the 2nd–3rd centuries CE.


Penedo is considered one of the most traditional villages—if not the most traditional—in Sintra.

Saint Eufémia Chapel

On the hillside above São Pedro de Penaferrim is a chapel dedicated to Santa Eufémia

Saint Mammes Chapel

São Mamede de Janas has been sacred for a long time. Local legend asserts that there was a temple dedicated to Diana at the site.

Cabo da Roca

This wild and rugged promontory is the westernmost edge of the ancient eruptive Serra da Sintra.

Capuchos Convent

The Capuchos Convent, also known as the Cork Convent or the Convent of the Holy Cross of the Sintra Hills, was built in 1560.

Castle of the Moors

The massive stone walls of the Moorish Castle snake over the even more massive granite boulders that litter the sides of Sintra Mountain.

Monserrate Palace

Monserrate Palace is a palatial villa, an eclectic and charming construction, designed with rotundas and towers, arabesque cut-outs and Moorish-influenced plaster work.

Palace of Pena

Buried beneath the romantic exotica of Pena Palace lies a very different story-

Quinta da Regaleira

The Regaleira Estate includes a palace and chapel, grottoes, tunnels, towers, a ziggurat, elaborate fountains, and an initiatic well.

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