History and mystery

The historic town of Sintra is situated just over half an hour north west of Lisbon and is one of the must-see places to visit, either as a day trip from the capital, or as a holiday destination in its own right. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1995, the town has an air of mystery and magic, its mountainside is dotted with castles and palaces dating back over 1000 years: the ruins of “Castelo dos Mouros” date back as far as 700 A.D.

Due to its mild climate and proximity to the capital, from the 14th century onwards Sintra became the preferred summer residence for the Portuguese royal family. Centuries later, its popularity would spread across Europe as it became the preferred holiday destination for much of the European aristocracy.

As well as the palaces, the town itself is full of charming cafes, local shops, restaurants and cosy bars – perfect for those who just want to sit and watch the world go by. For those that want to absorb its history: "Palacio nacional da pena", "Palacio nacional de Sintra" and "Quinta da Regaleira" – are just some of the historic palaces that earned the town its World Heritage status.

For group or corporate trips, there are many unique venues that could be used for lunch and dinner as well as for spectacular events.


  • The municipality of Sintra has more than 30.000 inhabitants

  • Lord Byron referred to it as the “new paradise” in one of his poems

  • “Palácio nacional da pena” was completed in the year 1885

  • Sintra was reconquered from the Moors in 1147 A.D.

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