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  • 1. Monserrate Park and Palace


    This estate, 4 km (2½ miles) west of Sintra, was laid out by Scottish gardeners in the mid-19th century at the behest of a wealthy Englishman...Read More

  • 2. Palácio da Pena


    This Disney-like castle is a glorious conglomeration of turrets and domes awash in pastels. In 1503 the Monastery of Nossa Senhora da Pena was...Read More

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  • 3. Palácio Nacional de Sintra


    The conical twin white chimneys of Sintra Palace are the town's most recognizable landmarks. There has probably been a palace here since Moorish...Read More

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  • 4. Quinta da Regaleira


    A five-minute walk along the main road past the tourist office takes you to one of Sintra's most intriguing privately owned mansions. Quinta...Read More

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  • 5. Castelo dos Mouros


    The battlemented ruins of this 9th-century castle still give a fine impression of the fortress that finally fell to Christian forces led by...Read More

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  • 6. Colares


    Past Monserrate the road leads west for 3 km (2 miles) to the small village of Colares, which is associated with the locally produced red wine...Read More

  • 7. Convento dos Capuchos

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The plain main entrance to this extraordinarily austere convent, 13 km (8 miles) southwest of Sintra, sets the tone for the severity of the...Read More

  • 8. Festival de Sintra


    Sintra's music and dance festival takes place during early summer (usually May or June) at the Centro Cultural Olga Cadaval as well as in the...Read More

  • 9. Museu Arqueológico de São Miguel de Odrinhas


    If your stay is longer than a day or so, then this museum is worth a visit. The displays include locally found ancient and medieval objects. ...Read More

  • 10. Penedo


    For terrific views of the sea and surrounding mountains, take the curving road that climbs up to the village of Penedo, less than 2 km (1 miles...Read More

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