Sintra is quintessentially the most mystical and romantic destination in Portugal. It is roughly 30 kilometers from Lisbon and was named a Unesco World Heritage Site for its cultural landscape in 1992. Its sudden and mysterious mists, farms, palaces and mansions that dot the green mountainsides help to make this village a unique, magical and absolutely enthralling destination. Rent your car at our counter in Lisbon and prepare for an absolutely unforgettable journey.
Let’s find out a little bit more about Sintra!
National Palace of Sintra
The National Palace of Sintra, whose building was first erected in the 15th Century, is also known as the Palácio da Vila and was one of the Portuguese Royal palaces. It features medieval, Gothic, Manueline, Renaissance and Romantic architecture and has the largest group of Mudejar tiles in the country. The Palace was used by the Portuguese Royal Family until the end of the Monarchy, in 1910.
The Pena Palace, located in the historic town of Sintra, and within the Pena Park, represents one of the best expressions of architectural romanticism of the 19th Century in the world. On July 7, 2007, it was chosen as one of the seven wonders of Portugal, and it was also the first Romanticist palace in Europe.
From the Palace, you can see a blanket of trees that spans for over 200 hectares. The Park has beautiful walks and paths, with many architectural features in the existing gardens: bridges, caves, garden benches, pergolas and fountains. Pena Park is considered to be the park of Europe for having the richest and most unusual set of tree species.
Regaleira Palace and Farm
Located on a mountain slope, just a scarce distance from the Sintra Historical Center, it has been classified as a Site of Public Interest since 2002. The four-hectare farm is surrounded by lush gardens, lakes, caves, enigmatic buildings, and places that hide alchemical meanings, such as those that evoke the Free Masons, Templars and Rosicrucianism.
Monserrate Palace is located in the Monserrate Park, in the County of São Martinho. It was built in 1858. The gardens were designed to explore the microclimatic particularities of the mountain. In this way, a wonderful park has been built, where today you can observe over 3,000 exotic species.
Condessa d'Edla Chalet and Garden
Imagine the Disney scene where Snow White and the Seven Dwarves...Try to take the kids to the chalet where the Countess d'Edla lived out her love story with King Ferdinand II. The environment of the gardens and wooden house remind us of an enchanted world and activities such as horse-drawn carriage rides, which are a delight for the younger ones.