6 unique spots you can’t miss when coming to Sintra
One of the activities we organize at Good Morning Hostel is the tour to Sintra. Just 20 minutes from Lisbon and considered a World Heritage site by UNESCO, this magical place offers you a vast amount of historic monuments spread across the hills of the region and perfectly integrated on its natural landscape. Stay with 6 unique spots you can’t miss when coming to Sintra:
- Palácio da Pena (Pena Palace)
Representing the 19th century romanticism style in architecture, Palácio da Pena is one of the finest tourist attractions in Sintra. From the outside it is a mix of vividly painted terraces which make a magical contrast with its natural green surroundings. The interiors were restored to reflect the decor of 1910 when portuguese nobility living there, fled to Brazil to escape from the Republican revolution. This brightly painted palace is definitely an highlight in any visit to Sintra.
- Quinta da Regaleira
One of Sintra’s most special places this fascinating venue and its several different constructions was built in the middle of a dense forest in the beggining of the 20th century, in the last days of portuguese monarchy. The grand house has a gothic façade and it is split over 5 floors, but the main attraction are the enchanting gardens which were styled to represent ancient secret orders with hidden tunnels and concealed symbolism. More than just visit, Quinta da Regaleira is a place to be felt and experienced, because words are not enough to describe all that happens there…
- Castelo dos Mouros
Built by the Moors in the 9th century it was used to guard the town of Sintra. It was restored in the 19th century by king Fernando II who transformed it into a romantic ruin retaining all its charm and beauty. Rounded by a dense forest, it offers an amazing view over Sintra and its surroundings to all its visitors.
- Convento dos Capuchos
Founded in 1560 by D. Álvaro de Castro after a vow by his father, D. João de Castro who was viceroy of India. Located amongst Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, its tiny cells, little chapel, refectory and other dependencies installed in the rock and lined with cork, are an example of the humble and austere existence of the Franciscan friars who used to live there.
- Cabo da Roca
Cabo da Roca is a rugged headland that marks the most westerly point of mainland Europe. Around it the cliffs are more than 100 metres height, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. It has a lighthouse built in 1772 along with a small monument and a scenic overlook. On Sundays it’s possible to find several bikers as they usually gather there once a week to ride together the beautiful coastal route of N247.
- Praia da Adraga (Adraga Beach)
This unique beach in Sintra stands out for its stunning landscape, being considered in 2003 as one of the 20 best beaches in Europe by Sunday Times. Although it is not easy to reach by public transportation you can easily get there by car, along the pleasant route of N247 following the coastline. Very busy during summer weekends, the best time to visit it is for sure during the week.