Top 5 Things to Do in Sintra, Portugal
Sintra is a civil parish in the Lisbon district of Portugal. It is situated at the foothills of the Sintra Mountains.
1.Visit the Quinta de Regaleira- This is a mysterious palace built by Antonio Augusto Carvalho Monteiro who was the son of wealthy emigrants from Brazil and he later went on to expand his wealth through precious stones and coffee business. Antonio built this huge palace cramming it with small monuments which reflected his fascinations of Knights, Divination, and other things. The palace is built in the Manueline style and the palace park has a lot of grottoes and tunnels. The garden also has spiral stairways and gazebos as well as benches with beautiful sculptures.
2. Tour of the Pena Palace- The Pena Palace is like those fairytale castles that are built on top of mountains and have colorful towers. It was built by King Ferdinand II and it has been recently named one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal. The Moorish and Renaissance styles of architecture are prevalent in the architecture of the Pena Palace. The tour to Pena Palace is usually a package consisting of a tour of the interiors of the palace and a walk in the gardens.
3. Visit the Ruins of the Castle of the Moors- This castle was built by the Moors on top of one of Sintra’s northernmost peaks. The ruins can tell that the castle used to be a mighty one with four square towers and the walls are aligned with the contours of the mountain. It is a truly beautiful sight from below and from the top, you get a view of the Atlantic Ocean.
4.The Palace of Sintra- This is the most well-preserved palace in Portugal built in the Moorish Style of architecture. This palace is easily recognized because of its two conical-shaped towers. It housed royals from the 1400s through 1700s and each royal successor has added a little something of his own desires to the architecture of the palace.
5. Visit the Cabo da Roca- The Cabo da Roca is a point that shows that the Serra de Sintra has sunk into the ocean. The cape above this is on top of a granite cliff surrounded by strong boulders and ground covered by evergreen ice plants.