DISCOVER SINTRA’S PLEASURES
With its endless treasures, Sintra is a natural oasis nestling in the heart of the Sintra-Cascais Nature Reserve. From spectacular beaches to amazing walks in the lush green hills, discover all of the reasons which will make you never want to leave Sintra.
Once you get to Sintra, a stop at Casa Piriquita is a must. This is a 100 year old patisserie, famous for its traditional and delicious pastries - the Queijadas and Travesseiros of Sintra. Learn about some of Sintra’s best kept secrets on a romantic and unexpected Horse drawn carriage ride to palaces and monuments. On a route that will take you through the mountains and to the sea, the legendary Sintra Tram connecting the town of Sintra to the famous beach of Praia das Maçãs, has become the ride you can’t miss on a visit to this truly inspiring region.
TOUR AROUND THE PALACES AND MONUMENTS OF SINTRA
Explore Sintra’s attractions: the National Palace of Sintra in the centre of town; the mazes and gardens of the esoteric Quinta da Regaleira; the exotic Monserrate Palace; the romantic Pena Palace and Gardens or the imposing Moorish Castle. During summer, enjoy the exhibition programme depicting iconic times in the history of Portugal, to be seen at National Palace, Chalet and Garden of the Countess of Edla or Queluz National Palace. In the gardens of Monserrate Palace, immerse yourself in the mysticism of Sintra during night time cinema sessions.
Discover the cultural secrets hidden in the Sintra Mountains. With many collections by key artists in the region, the MU.SA Museum will take you on a journey in paintings and sculpture through the figurative art from the Municipal Collection of Contemporary Art. Close to Sintra town centre you’ll find the Bonsai Museum with exhibits of unique species from this family of plants, fruit of this region’s exceptional microclimate. For a literary adventure, the Sintra Municipal Library has literature themed picnics and, during the summer months, runs a Beach Library at Praia das Maçãs and Praia Grande.
Get involved with nature. Explore the Walking Trails that the Sintra Nature Reserve has in store for you, where the microclimate has created intriguing varieties of plants that line the paths. Take some time to appreciate the beauty of Vila Sassetti and the superb views of the iconic Pena Palace and the imposing Sintra Mountains stretching out to the capital and best enjoyed from the Santa Eufemia Viewpoint. For the more adventurous, set off on more challenging trails that will take you to Capuchos Convent or even to the most westerly point in mainland Portugal, Cabo da Roca, where you can find dinosaur footprints dating back millions of years.
BETWEEN THE MOUNTAINS AND THE SEA
Get inspired by the dramatic nature on show in the Sintra-Cascais Nature Reserve. Explore the abundant fauna and flora of these mountains on a spectacular Horse Ride. Or embark on a sea adventure and discover local fauna on a spine-tingling Boat Trip while you enjoy a breath-taking sunset. During the trip, stop at the magical village of Azenhas do Mar. With its unparalleled cliff top location, this fishing village is the perfect backdrop for making your own photographic memories and an excellent opportunity for unforgettable food and wines.
ADVENTURE OUT ON THE SEA
Don’t be fooled by Sintra’s microclimate, you’ll also find some of Portugal’s most beautiful and sunny beaches here. Internationally famous, the Praia da Ursa is simply one of a kind. Another obligatory stop is the wild setting of Praia da Adraga. There are plenty of other beaches to explore though, including Praia de São Julião, Praia Grande or Praia Pequena, where you can put your water sport skills to the test. Praia das Maçãs combines the beauty of the sea with the calmness of a swimming pool with its two salt water pools with slides, diving boards and a children's pool.
ANTIQUE SHOPS, MARKETS AND FAIRS
For lovers of antiques with their own stories to tell, don’t forget to visit the antique shops on the narrow winding alleys of Sintra or in nearby São Pedro. To enrich your local experience, twice a month you can explore the culinary treats and local crafts at the São Pedro Fair. And on the last weekend of the month, try out Colares Market, a perfect combination of food and crafts with a Vintage, Design and Gourmet concept.
Influenced by its closeness to the sea, Sintra has unique agriculture. Discover the best of local biological produce at Quinta do Arneiro. Another stop to make is at one of the producers of local sweets and pastries and learn about the ingredients behind the Queijadas and Travesseiros of Sintra. Other flavours to be experienced are the elegant Colares Wines, made in one of the oldest wine producing regions in Europe using the Ramisco and Malvasia grape varieties.
Sculpted by the sea and mountains, the Sintra-Cascais Nature Reserve has some of the best panoramic viewpoints for enjoying a breath-taking sunset. At the Seteais Viewpoint or the Seteais Swimming Pool, the sun cuts through the mountains as it slowly sets. At Azenhas do Mar or Cabo da Roca, watch the sun go down with the endless blue of the Atlantic Ocean at your feet. An experience not to be missed on any visit to this idyllic destination.