Sintra Off The Beaten Path

  • A grotto
    A grotto
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  • Doorway built into a rock
    Doorway built into a rock
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    The kitchen
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Most Viewed Off The Beaten Path in Sintra

  • 1. Pena Park & Cruz Alta Point

    Sintra has so many interesting points to visit, that most tourists visit the palace and skip the park. If you have time, don't do it. The park has a great botanical variety, and some views are...

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  • 2. Monserrate

    This park was landscaped in the 18th century by a wealthy Englishman; William Beckford. Around half a century later, another rich Englishman; Francis Cook transformed the gardens and rebuilt a...

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  • 3. Quinta da Regaleira

    This estate was built between 1904 and 1910. It was designed by an Italian architect; Luigi Manini for a wealthy Brazilian merchant; Antònio Augusto Carvalho Monteiro. Here you can visit a palace,...

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  • 4. Praia Grande

    Sintra is not exactly a beach destination, but, being so close to the sea, some of its beaches are a good break in the normal big doses of history, landscape...

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  • 5. Azenhas do Mar

    A trip along the coast will show some beautiful spots. Maybe the most interesting one is the "natural" pools in Azenhas do Mar. Nested in the cliffs, this...

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  • 6. Convento dos Capuchos: Sintra's holy place

    Certainly a stark contrast to the grandeur, and playful and even mischievous atmosphere of Sintra, as can be seen in its fairytale like castles and gardens, is...

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  • 7. Three fountains

    Two of them have, I suspect, supplied fresh drinking water for the inhabitants of Sintra for centuries, if not millenia (Sintra was settled in prehistory).You...

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  • 8. Castelo dos Mouros

    High above the village of Sintra, and sometimes in the clouds, is the Castelo dos Mouros. The Moors built the castle in the 8th or 9th Century but was later...

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  • 9. The Museum Anjos Teixeira.

    If you are interested in sculpture you should visit this museum. Here you can see a large collection of sculptures made by two local artists named Anjos...

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  • 10. Gutted Ruins

    As we began our hike up the mountain-side from downtown Sintra to the Moorish castle looming above, we were intrigued to pass this villa. It was the only...

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  • 11. Wetern most point of Europe

    On the road from Cascais to Sintra. The rocky coastline twists and bends its' way round to Sintra and before you actually reach it you come across Cabo da Roca....

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  • 12. A Mountain Trail

    Since we had arrived in town by train, we decided that we would get our exercise by hiking up to the Moorish Castle over-looking the town. Setting out from the...

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  • 13. Igreja da Santa Maria

    After about 10 minutes walking from Sintra on our way to the Moorish Castle we reached the Igreja da Santa Maria. The walk had been very easy up to this point...

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  • 14. Moorish Fountain

    As we began our walk to the Moorish Castle from Sintra we passed this nice Moorish fountain near the train station. Sintra is full of hidden things like this....

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  • 15. Take a Break

    It took us about 45 minutes to reach the first sign of the Moorish castle above us - some small rock walls and a gate that led out to the parking lot from where...

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  • 16. Sintra... esoteric Sintra...

    Sintra... Sintra and its promontory have, for thousands of years, been a frontier between the known world and the unknown sea, sometimes between the known world...

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  • 17. Looking Back

    The beauty of Sintra, on a sunny day like we had, is that the views are gorgeous from practically any location! Here, we sat on our rocky rest stop to look out...

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  • 18. Art Gallery of Sintra

    The Art Gallery presents a permanent exhibition related to the region of Sintra and an area designed for Temporary Exhibitions.Having been initiated in 1840, it...

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  • 19. Cabo da Roca

    The westermost point on the continent of Europe, which the poet Camões defined as "where the land ends and the sea begins".Its geographical coordinates...

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  • 20. Mistic Forest

    Most of Sintra's visitors search for its beautiful buildings, but what makes Sintra a mystic old town is its forest... You look everywhere and you can see all...

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  • 21. Moorish Castle

    This 8th century Moorish castle was conquered by King Afonso Henriques in 1147. It is located on top of Serra de Sintra and stands above the old town like a...

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  • 22. Lord Byron

    Poor, paltry slaves! yet born 'midst noblest scenes-- Why, Nature, waste thy wonders on such men? Lo! Cintra's glorious Eden intervenes In variegated maze of...

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  • 23. Edge of Europe

    Cabo Da Roca isn't in Sintra, but it's close enough. It's about a 30 minute drive, or so, west. It's also the Western most tip of Continental Europe. As you...

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  • 24. Sintra... The town of Sintra...

    Sintra... The town of Sintra is a small site with a great soul. It's built up against the north slope of the mountain. It's a place with thousands of years of...

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  • 25. Up the hill

    You can walk up the hill to the Mours castle and to Pena Palace. This will talk an hour or so and is a real nice trip. When you walk up the hill you will see...

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