Friday, 18 September 2015

Top 5 – Sintra

It is probably one of the most visit villages and most important cultural landmarks in Portugal, Sintra it’s one place you can’t miss.

Foto Parques de Sinta - PSML
Recognized in 1995 as a Unesco World Heritage Site, Sintra was the summer retreat of Portuguese kings from the 13th to the late 19th centuries. Its unique characteristics, a cooler climate, ample green spaces and a romantic atmosphere makes Sintra the perfect hideaway.

Sintra has much to offer and today we will focus on the Top 5 features not to miss:

1 – Monserrate
With their fantastic palace and beautiful gardens, Monserrate Palace combines gothic and Indian influences as well as Moorish suggestions featuring a wide variety of exotic plants.

2 – Palácio Nacional da Pena
Built in 19th century, Palácio Nacional da Pena is the result of the creative genius of Rei D. Fernando II. Preserved as it was when the royal family lived there is the greatest expression of 19th century romanticism in Portugal.
Foto Parques de Sintra - PMSL Emigus

3 – Quinta da Regaleira
This lavish palace was built between 1904 and 1910 and is one of the most surprising of all Sintra monuments.

4 – Castelo dos Mouros
The 8th century castle allows you to admire along the surround paths, through rocks, trees and on cliffs, a unique landscape that stretches to the Atlantic Ocean.

5 – Palácio Nacional de Sintra
The twin chimneys mark the former royal palace in a thousand-year history that began during the Muslin occupation of the Iberian Pennisula. With a captivating mix of styles some of the features such windows with surrounded arches or outdoor spaces in which one can hear the sound of water, underline the Moorish inspiration.

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