History and mystery

Fantastic Sintra is situated just over half of an hour north west of Lisbon. This is a historical, fabulous and magical place surrounded with mystique with its many palaces spreading out along a 300 metres high mountain. As an example, you here find ruins of a Moorish castle "Castelo dos Mouros" dating back to 700 years A.D. In the 14th century Sintra became the preferred choice as summer residence for the Portuguese royalties. With its mild and pleasant summer climate, it was also during centuries to come but mainly in the 19th century the obvious hot-spot for a big part of the European aristocracy. In Sintra you can still feel the wingbeats of history and it’s a true pleasure to see and be able to experience all the palaces and romantic buildings that populate the sloops of the mountain.

Sintra is also full of narrow streets, charming cafes, small shops, restaurants and small cosy bars perfect for whom just wants to sit down, relax and take in the scenery of this beautiful spot. As an evidence of Sintras peculiarity, in 1995 it was appointed a world heritage by the UNESCO. Worth extra attention and also a visit when in Sintra are: "Palácio nacional da pena", "Palacio nacional de Sintra" and "Quinta da Regaleira".

For groups, there are many unique venues that could be used both for lunch or dinner as well as for spectacular events. A visit to Sintra is, if not obligatory, at least strongly recommended during your stay in Lisbon.

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Facts:

  • The municipality of Sintra has more than 30 000 inhabitants
  • Referred to as the “new paradise” in a poem of Lord Byron
  • “Palácio nacional da pena” was completed in the year 1885
  • Year 1147 A.D Sintra was reconquered from the Moors
  • The mountain around Sintra is 10 km granite massif

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