"Sintra City Tour"

09H00/13H00 or 14h00/18h00

Our driver/guide will pick up you at your hotel to start a fascinating  half day with a trip to the UNESCO World Heritage listed, Sintra. Sintra's stunning setting on the north slopes of the granite Serra, among wooded ravines and fresh water springs, made it a favourite summer retreat for the kings of Portugal. 

The tall conical chimneys of the Palacio Nacional de Sintra and the fabulous Palacio da Pena are unmistakable landmarks.  The Palacio Nacional is a fascinating amalgamation of various styles.  The Palacio da Pena was built in the 19th century for the husband of the young Queen Maria II, Ferdinand Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.  It stands over the ruins of a Hieronymite monastery founded here in the 15th century on the site of the chapel of Nossa Senhora da Pena.  With the declaration of the Republic in 1910, the palace became a museum, preserved as it was when the royal family lived here. Today, the town is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site and draws thousands of visitors.  

Present-day Sintra is in three parts, Sintra Vila, Estefania and Sao Pedro, joined by a confusing maze of winding roads scattered over the surrounding hills.  In the pretty cobbled streets of the old town, Sintra Vila, which is centred on the Palacio Nacional de Sintra are the museums and beautifully tiled post office. The curving Volta do Duche leads from the old town, past the Parque da Liberdade, north to the Estefania district and the Camara Municipal.

The Miradouro da Vigia in Sao Pedro offers impressive views, as does the cosy Casa de Sapa cafe, where you can sample queijadas, the local sweet speciality.  The numerous fountains dotted around the town are not just ornamental - the locals also fill their bottles here with the fresh spring drinking water.  Two of the most striking are the elaborately tiled Fonte Mourisca (Arab Fountain), so-called for its Neo-Moorish decoration and the Fonte da Sabuga were the water spouts from two breasts.  Standing above the old town are the ramparts of the 8th century Moorish castle, conquered by Afonso Henriques in 1147.

Back to your hotel.


MAIA LEGENDS, Agência de Viagens e Turismo - RNAVT 4284

Rua do Alentejo nº 44, 4º Esq
2835-756 Santo António da Charneca – Portugal
Telef:/Cell phones: +351 914 968 806 / +351 918 653 832
email: maia@maialegends.com