Originally discovered in 1878, the Tholos do Monge is an approximately 4,500-year-old megalithic structure.
Penedo is considered one of the most traditional villages—if not the most traditional—in Sintra.
“I don’t know what to make of it. The location of Penedo is impressive, but its fame rests on the ritual slaughter of a bull during an annual festival. The act reeks of pagan sacrifice, but it was performed during a Christian festival in honor of the Cult of the Empire of the Holy Spirit. This 13th–century utopian cult believed in the coming of an age of peace, justice, and equality.” —Elyn
Penedo is considered one of the most traditional villages—if not the most traditional—in Sintra. It winds its way around a high spur (pena) of the Mountain of the Moon, in the middle of the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park. The views are spectacular. Little is known about its foundation, but the village is mentioned as early as the 13th century. Archaeological evidence points to much earlier habitation of the place.