Classified by UNESCO as World Heritage in “Cultural Landscape” category, Sintra is a place filled with historical and cultural testimonies.
Claudius Ptolemy named it “Moon Sierra” and in the 5th century, the Arab geographer Al-Bacr described it as “permanently immersed in a mist that never dissipates.”
Founded by the Arabs, the Sintra Nacional Palace, later was the residence of the Portuguese Royal Family for eight centuries. Today it stands proud as the sole survivor of the portuguese medieval Royal Palaces and its impressing chimneys are a local ex-libris.
Starting in the late 18th century, the romantic soul of foreign travelers and Portuguese aristocracy tirelessly celebrate the magic of Sintra and its places. This historical moment is well illustrated by the construction of the Palace of Pena and park. and by the figure of the King artist, D. Fernando II de Saxe Coburgo Gotta (1836-1885).
Located in the historical center, Quinta da Regaleira prolongs this romantic idea. Constructed from the “myth-magic dreams” of its owner, António Augusto Carvalho Monteiro (1848-1920) and the talent of the Italian architect-set designer Luigi Manini (1848-1936), it presents a revivalist blend of the most varied artistic currents, influenced By various mystical and esoteric traditions.
In addition to its immense gardens, parks and forests, which uniquely associate the Mediterranean and Northern flora with exotic trees and flowers, the Sintra coastline has beaches that are a tourist reference of the region. The beach of Adraga was recently distinguished as one of the most beautiful in Europe and Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of the European continent, stands as a symbolic landmark, the place “Where the earth ends and the sea begins” (Luís Vaz de Camões in The Lisíadas).