Sintra in Portugal: beauty, romanticism and mystery

Sintra is a small town located just 30 minutes from the city of Lisbon. A place full of magic that attracts tourists who want to escape for a while from the bustle of big cities. Sintra It has a great variety of historical monuments as beautiful as interesting and also loaded with legends. Come closer to this magical corner in Portugal!

The most beautiful corners of Sintra

Sintra is a real gift, a beautiful, romantic city, with its beautiful legends and mysteries ... We will know its most charming corners:

Pena Palace


This monument was built in the 19th century on the highest hill in Sintra. He is easily recognized for his lively colors and diverse architectural currents.

A building that marvels and surprises. Inside the palace you can see from the typical tiles on the walls, the quintessential symbol of the Portuguese country, to elements of Romanticism and architectural styles as different as the neo-Gothic or neo-Renaissance.

The central courtyard of the Palacio da Pena is in an Arabic style and very close to it are private rooms where the Portuguese royal family lived, as well as a small dining room, rooms that can be visited. You have to keep in mind that This palace was the residence of the kings of Portugal during the 19th century.

Pena Palace - Flip Flops

A place that It stands out for its amazing architecture and also for its fantastic gardens. In them you can see hundreds of plant specimens of species from almost all over the world.

The architect who created the palace was a German named Ludwig Von Eschewege. He was responsible for transforming what used to be the ruins of an old monastery into a wonderful palace that has been open to the public as a tourist attraction in Sintra since 1910.

La Quinta de Regaleira

Quinta da Regaleira - homydesign

This fifth dates from the 20th century and its owner, Antonio Carvalho Monteiro, was a Portuguese nobleman and philanthropist. The author of this architectural work was Luigi Manini, which built, in addition to a palace, an authentic greenhouse, towers from where you can see all of Sintra, a vast lake, a chapel and an initiation well. This place today resembles a large museum open to the public.

It is claimed that Carvalho sent Manini to travel through Portugal and Europe in general to find the perfect architectural style. When visiting this place today tourists will appreciate the sketches that Manini drew to bring La Quinta de Regaleira to life. The result of this was the mixture of neo-Gothic, Manueline, mythological and romantic elements.

Initiation Well, Quinta da Regaleira - Jose Ignacio Soto

The place presents objects of Masonic origin and manuscripts about the Templars, an example of this is the cross of the Order of the Temple that was carved in the well of initiation. It is claimed that the entire fifth is plagued with Masonic symbols, even the chapel. It is a place that hides many mysteries and will undoubtedly be fascinating for lovers of occult sciences in general.

«Mystery is the most beautiful thing we can experience. It is the source of all true art and science."

-Albert Einstein-

Sintra Old Town

Sintra - Vlada Zhi

Walking through the narrow and steep streets of Sintra is one of the quintessential activities of tourists who come to visit. Its picturesque houses retain a traditional air and some serve as restaurants or craft shops Typical of this Portuguese region.

The historic center of Sintra is located in the lower part of the mountain. At, It is also worth visiting the National Palace of Sintra, built in the 16th century.

National Palace of Sintra - Sean Pavone

The tourist can not leave Sintra without first trying their delicious typical desserts. One of the most demanded sweets in the region are the Jaws of Sintra, a cake whose main ingredient is cottage cheese. In this town, in addition, there are many restaurants where you can taste the most exquisite of Portuguese cuisine.

To get to Sintra from Lisbon you only need to take a bus or train. Within the town there is transportation to go from one tourist attraction to another, but you can also walk. It is not so advisable to go to Sintra by car due to the little space there is to park, either to visit the monuments or to go to restaurants and hotels.

Video: Sintra Portugal (November 2019).