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What to Do and What to See in Sintra

The Sintra Coast represents the right place for those who are seeking a destination where you can experience the Portuguese culture and tradition.

Palacio da Pena, Sintra

The Sintra Coast  represents  the right place for those who are seeking a destination where you can experience the Portuguese culture and tradition and where you can relax life near the sea but far away from the tourists crowds who make the landscape less tasty and less attractive. Costa de Sintra offers you very small beaches, very quiet because it’s rare to find a lot of people staying together, in this way you can enjoy the sea as you have ever imagined. Gardens and buildings blend with the nature of a romantic paradise that offers a lot of precious treasures really worth visiting.

The Palácio Nacional de Sintra is a building of great architectural importance really wonderful because it is a clear example of the Portuguese royal Manuelito period with strange and bizarre conical chimneys that rise on the roof. The building also has one of the finest collections of tiles Mudejar, Portuguese tile bill of rare value and great elegance. Near the palace, in a raised area overlooking the sea, we find the Moorish Castle, a perfect place to watch a breathtaking landscape that will surely fill the heart of an eternal beauty.

The Palacio de Pena is another castle really wonderful. On the outside it looks like the classic fairytale castle and inside the rooms offers very well preserved as the Red Room of King Manuel II, the chapel, the room painted Arabic.

Palacio da Pena, Sintra

The gardens of the Palácio Nacional de Queluz stylelet bring to mind the palaces of Versailles. Designs and decorations created directly by the lawn, hedges and flowers are surrounded by statues and fountains. The inner part of the building, however, deserves to be visited.  You can find beautiful gardens, well preserved in The Palácio and Quinta Monserrate,  closely observing a big cariety of exotic plantes and tropical trees.

The area is also dotted with numerous churches, everyone more beautiful than the other. The Church of Sao Miguel, the Church of Sao Pedro de Penaferrim, the Church of Sao Martinho, the Church of St. Mary and the convent of dos Capuchos better known as the Santa Cruz Monastery are places that have to be visited if you like sacred and the traditions associated with it.

You can spend  a holiday by the sea, nature and the magnificence of the palaces of the past all sprinkled with a dash of religion and tradition. But it’s not enough. The town of Sintra offers the possibility to visit several important museums, the better way to enjoy the art and history . Among the most important museums are the Museum of Modern Art, the Archaeological Museum and the Toys Museum.

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