Sintra, Lisbon, Portugal
Many travelers staying in Lisbon don’t miss visiting. Known as a place of fairy tale palaces, where we find delightful places sensing long events. It is a small village, but its beauty and what there is around one cannot forget. Wooded heights and verdant hills invites us to take a ride on a horse-pulled carriage, enjoying the marvelous roads.
In addition to the Mountain and the Natural Park, the parishes of the town of are dotted with royal retreats, estates, castles and other buildings, including the mediaeval Moorish Castle.
Drive up for a visit to the Pena National Palace, built by Fernando Cobourg Gothas in the 16th century. The style is a blend of Gothic, Romantic and Manueline influences a wonderful combination.
In the centre stands the Sintra National Palace, with its beautiful painted rooms and huge pair of conical chimneys.
Other places in Sintra are, the Pena National Palace, the Seteais Palace a18th century construction and currently a luxurious hotel, Monserrate Palace, the “Quintada Regaleira”, mystical place full of symbols related to alchemy, Masonry, the Knights Templar, and the Rosicrucians.
The churches of Saint Mary (Roman-Gothic), Saint Martin (Romanesque origin), and Saint Peter (15th – 16th centuries).
At the center you will find the Toy Museum, with over 20 000 pieces from the 16th to the 20th century. In the suburbs: the Capuchos Convent (16th century) and Roca Cape (the westernmost point in continental Europe).
Do not forget to stop for a cake at the “Piriquita” pastry shop. Portuguese cakes are delicious. The traditional is the cheese small pie called “Queijadas de Sintra”.