Referred to as a storybook and fairy tale town, Sintra is a treasure trove of fascinating, mysterious, and enchanting sights which all add to its reputation as Portugal’s town of Romanticism. Filled with palaces and manor estates that were once inhabited by Portugal’s royalty and aristocracy, it is a feast for the eyes and an exciting destination to explore.
In the 19th century Sintra became the first center of European Romantic architecture. Ferdinand II turned a ruined monastery into a castle where this new sensitivity was displayed in the use of Gothic, Egyptian, Moorish and Renaissance elements and in the creation of a park including local and exotic species of trees. Other fine dwellings, built along the same lines in the surrounding Serra (Sierra) created a unique combination of parks and gardens which influenced the development of landscape architecture throughout Europe.
THE PALACE OF REGALEIRA
And, of course, one must have their own private chapel if you are the owner of a palace!
Perched on one of Sintra’s northernmost peaks are the ruins of the Castle of the Moors, a mighty medieval castle built by the Moors in the 8th and 9th centuries. The castle was constructed as a military outpost on top of a mountainous cliff where it has a spectacular panoramic view of the municipality of Sintra. It was then later enlarged by the Christians after their reconquest of the Iberian peninsula in 1147. The castle consists of a double line of military walls which meander over the granite terrain of the promontory.
A nice little cozy space at the Pena Palace for some quiet time with no television!