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Ranked #1 of 25 attractions in Sintra
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Category: Architectural Buildings; Castles; Gardens; Cultural

Few places in the world can envoke a sense of magic and mystery as does Sintra.  From  magical forests to romantic palaces Sintra never fails to seduce.  One of the true gems of... more »

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Ranked #3 of 25 attractions in Sintra
Category: Castles; Cultural
Owner description: The Moorish Castle is a military fortification that bears witness to the Islamic presence in the region, and was probably... more » Owner description: The Moorish Castle is a military fortification that bears witness to the Islamic presence in the region, and was probably constructed between the eighth and ninth centuries and later expanded after the Reconquista. Overlooking the town of Sintra, it served as a watchtower, guaranteeing the protection of Lisbon and its surroundings. It was acquired and restored as a medieval ruin, also in keeping with the romantic taste of the period, by Ferdinand II. The Castle has an irregular plan and is composed of a double belt of walls. The internal wall presents a bailey, battlements and the reinforcement provided by five fortified towers. Inside, the cistern, fed by rainwater, and the Royal Tower are some the most interesting features. « less
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Ranked #4 of 25 attractions in Sintra
Category: National Parks; Outdoors
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Ranked #5 of 25 attractions in Sintra
Category: Castles; Parks; Cultural
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Category: Parks; Outdoors
Owner description: Parques de Sintra - Monte da Lua, S.A. (PSML) is a state-owned company, established in 2000, following UNESCO's recognition... more » Owner description: Parques de Sintra - Monte da Lua, S.A. (PSML) is a state-owned company, established in 2000, following UNESCO's recognition of the Cultural Landscape of Sintra as a World Heritage site in 1995. The natural and cultural values managed by this company are the Park and Palace of Pena, the Chalet of the Countess of Edla, the Park and Palace of Monserrate, the Gardens and Palace of Queluz, the National Palace of Sintra, the Moorish Castle, the Convent of the Capuchos and the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art. The Company's creation aimed at assembling the public institutions responsible for preserving and enhancing the region's natural and cultural heritage. PSML has been entrusted with responsibility for the management of the State's main properties in the area. Because it does not resort to the State Budget, PSML depends entirely on proceeds from the tickets sale, shops, cafeterias and hiring of venues for events, in order to restore, maintain and promote the heritage it manages. « less
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Ranked #7 of 25 attractions in Sintra
Category: Parks; Outdoors
Owner description: Located a short distance from the historical center of Sintra, these magnificent gardens that surround the Pena Palace... more » Owner description: Located a short distance from the historical center of Sintra, these magnificent gardens that surround the Pena Palace display a wide variety of exotic plants, from rare arboreal species of the Northern climates to subtropical plants and flowers. « less
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Category: Castles; Historic Sites; Cultural

Palacio Nacional da Pena The Palacio Nacional da Pena is located at Estrada da Pena, which is on the upper part of the Parque da Pena. The palace is a National Monument and is a... more »

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Ranked #9 of 25 attractions in Sintra
Category: Beaches; Outdoors
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Ranked #10 of 25 attractions in Sintra
Category: Religious Sites; Historic Sites; Cultural
Owner description: The "Capuchos Convent" or "Cork Convent" was established in 1560 by Dom Alvaro de Castro, Counsellor of State to King... more » Owner description: The "Capuchos Convent" or "Cork Convent" was established in 1560 by Dom Alvaro de Castro, Counsellor of State to King Sebastiao, with the name Convento de Santa Cruz da Serra de Sintra. It is noteworthy for the extreme poverty of its construction, which represents the ideal of the Order of St. Francis of Assisi, and for the extensive use of cork in the protection and decoration of its small spaces. « less
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Ranked #11 of 25 attractions in Sintra
Category: Historic Sites; Cultural

Royal Palace The Royal Palace is located at Largo Rainha Dona Amélia. It is the only royal palace from the Middle Ages that survives in Portugal. Sintra is beautiful and fresh and... more »

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Ranked #12 of 25 attractions in Sintra
Category: Beaches; Outdoors
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Ranked #13 of 25 attractions in Sintra
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Ranked #14 of 25 attractions in Sintra
Category: Historic Sites; Cultural
Owner description: To the west, the Park of Pena also contains the Chalet and Garden of the Countess of Edla, recently reopened to the public... more » Owner description: To the west, the Park of Pena also contains the Chalet and Garden of the Countess of Edla, recently reopened to the public after a long process of recovery and restoration after the building was destroyed by fire in 1999. The Chalet was built by King Ferdinand II and his second wife Elise Hensler, Countess of Edla, between 1864 and 1869, in keeping with the Alpine chalet model that was in vogue in Europe at that time. The building is extremely picturesque, characterised by the horizontal marking of the external plaster, painted to imitate timber cladding, and by the extensive use of cork as a decorative element, covering door and window frames, eaves and verandas, as well as tree trunks backing onto the facades to support climbing plants. The Chalet's location is noteworthy as it is situated at the opposite end of the park in relation to the Palace, thereby maintaining an important visual relationship with it, which is accentuated by the proximity of a dramatic group of granite blocks, the Chalet Stones, and a valley, which the Chalet overlooks. From the Chalet's veranda there is a view of the sea and, from the Stones, of the Moorish Castle walls outlining the hills and the Palace. The surrounding garden, now also restored, includes exotic collections, viewpoints overlooking the Palace, the Chalet and the Moorish Castle and botanical species from all over the world, such as the rare tree-ferns imported from Australia and New Zealand, planted in the Valley. « less
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Ranked #15 of 25 attractions in Sintra
Category: Beaches; Outdoors
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Ranked #16 of 25 attractions in Sintra
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
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Ranked #17 of 25 attractions in Sintra
Category: Monuments/ Statues; Landmarks
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Ranked #18 of 25 attractions in Sintra
Category: Religious Sites; Cultural
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Ranked #19 of 25 attractions in Sintra
Category: Monuments/ Statues; Landmarks
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Ranked #20 of 25 attractions in Sintra
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Ranked #21 of 25 attractions in Sintra
Category: Art Museums; Museums
Owner description: Portugal's first contemporary art museum houses a fine collection of 20th-century painting and sculpture gathered together by... more » Owner description: Portugal's first contemporary art museum houses a fine collection of 20th-century painting and sculpture gathered together by financier José Berardo. « less
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Ranked #22 of 25 attractions in Sintra
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Owner description: The Sintra Live Science Centre (Centro Ciencia Viva de Sintra) invites public of all ages to explore a dynamic and... more » Owner description: The Sintra Live Science Centre (Centro Ciencia Viva de Sintra) invites public of all ages to explore a dynamic and interactive museum. Do it on you own, or as part of a family outing, in one of the most emblematic areas of Portugal - Sintra. The Centre has 29 interactive units focusing on several science and technology topics: water, the human body, physics phenomena,environment and astronomy. « less
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Ranked #23 of 25 attractions in Sintra
Category: Churches/ Cathedrals; Cultural
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Ranked #24 of 25 attractions in Sintra
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Ranked #25 of 25 attractions in Sintra
Category: Art Museums; Museums
The Texeira studio is now an art musuem displaying their collection of marble art.
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