Heritage in Sintra
From early on, Sintra enchanted the most curious minds with its mysticism and magic, which resulted in growth of the romantic spirit that lifted the famous Pena National Palace, hidden in exotic and magical garden, which together have inspired and continue to inspire artists and visitors . It is the true capital of Romanticism, with an architectural and natural heritage unique, that delights and wash souls, eyes widening and creating dreams.
Starting in the main square, the Town Palace emerges in its splendor with the two conical chimneys with a unique character that act as a compass for the most lost, this century building XIV during the history of Portugal, incarnated a summer resort of kings and it consists of several rooms decorated in different ways and with a different story, with tiles and details of Portugal.
Strolling through the streets and visiting trade shops and regional crafts, it is imperative to visit the Palace and Quinta da Regaleira, a palace of the nineteenth century, which has a very rich decoration in Masonic and involved symbology mysteries that make visitors dream out loud.
Very near here, is the Seteais, a palace of the eighteenth century which has been renovated becoming a hotel with beautiful gardens and a viewpoint that offers a view of the Pena Palace, the Moorish Castle and the Atlantic Ocean.
Looking up to the Botanical Park Pena Park, it is important to visit the Chalet of Countess D’Edla and the Palace “Castle of the Holy Grail”, dubbed by Richard Strauss, never leaving to visit the Moorish Castle, a testimony that highlights the Islamic presence and how they influenced the local history, between century VII and IX, and was expanded after the Reconquista.
Reaching the top of the park, is the Pena Palace, the most romantic building of Portugal, which was reconstituted by the artist King Ferdinand of Saxe-Coburg Gotha, consort of Queen Maria II, who imagined this in a romantic style nineteenth century.
Returning with their feet on the ground, Sintra invites visitors to taste their culinary sins, such as cheesecakes and pillows, recovering the energy, plus a tour of the property is imperative. In particular focus, Monserrate Park offering a neo-Gothic palace and the Capuchin Convent being built in the sixteenth century, using materials such as cork flooring and decorated with poverty precepts of the Order of St. Francis of Assisi.
A little less than two kilometers, is Peninha, one of the highest points of the Serra da Pena. Is the Archaeological Museum of San Miguel de Odrinhas, which features a epigraphic collection of about two thousand years.