Sintra is a village located in the outskirts of Lisbon, between forested ravines and fresh headwaters.
It has a unique weather due to the proximity of the Sintra Mountains and many times finds itself wrapped in mist, something that gives it a halo of mystery. In the past, the mountains were called “Monte da Lua” (Mount of Moon), a name given to it by the Romans.
In a walk through the romantic village of Sintra I recommend you the following monuments, parks and gardens, which were built in very different periods. Visiting Sintra is covering 7000 years of history…
The Castle of the Moors is the evidence of the Islamic footprint in the region. The double circle of walls meanders through the mountain’s summit, being an excellent location to have a look at the whole village and even the Cape Roca.
At the center of the village there is the National Palace of Sintra, or the town palace.
It is the most well-known monument.
It is possible to find in in the influence of the Arabs, the Christian Reconquista and the Age of Discovery. The 2 conical chimneys, 33-meter tall each, are its ex libris. This was the place where the royal court spent the summer.
The Convent of the Capuchos was the last wish of a nobleman, who fostered the building of a Franciscan convent directly linked with nature and having an extreme architectonical and ornamental stripping. It’s the embodiment of the ideals of the Order of Friars Minor. The woods that surround the convent, which was kept through centuries by the religious men, is an example of the area’s primitive forest.
The Quinta da Regaleira is a mysterious and lovely place, one that has a mystic halo surrounding it. It’s the dream of the millionaire António Augusto Carvalho Monteiro. Inside the Palace, and in its 4 hectares of gardens, there are several historic and religious references, as well as occultist symbols and mysteries. Its initiation well is unmissable, a spiral staircase, whose meaning is immense. I’ll talk solely about this monument in an exclusive article on it.
The Park and Palace of Monserrate are located in of the highest peaks of the Sintra Mountains, on the same site where the chapel dedicated to Our Lady Of Pena once existed. It was built by a German architect to the specifications of Ferdinand II of Portugal, as this was his biggest wish. The Palace is an eclectic juxtaposition of Moorish, Gothic and Manueline styles, along with the aesthetics of the famous Bavarian Palaces. The Park comprises forest species of Europe, North American and New Zealand, in addition to promontories and fountains.
Sintra was the first European site registered by UNESCO as Cultural Landscape.
The agency acknowledged that the village has properly preserved the vestiges of the multitude of cultures that inhabited it.
Sintra is magical. Don’t miss a walk through it. Even though it has many ups and downs I recommend you to explore it on foot, with time. If you want company get in touch with http://www.fortravelers.pt/
Right next to Sintra is Ericeira, a kind town, really beautiful and very well-known (also) due to surf. In order to know more about it check this other travel blog that I recommend: http://surfergirlonthemove.com/ericeira-meu-amor-guia-de-uma-local/