The thousand-year-old history of the Palace of the Town of Sintra began during the Muslim occupation of the Iberian Peninsula.
This Palace is also called Town Palace, because it’s located in the town of Sintra.
Anyone visiting Sintra, going up the large curve around the valley known as the “Volta do Duche”, is immediately struck by the clear white outline of the Town Palace which dominates with its two immense cones that corresponded to its colossal chimneys. No one will remain indifferent to the originality and the bizarre character of this rich building, resting in the valley and facing the very small town just ahead.
This is one of Sintra’s main tourist attractions. This magical village with its extravagant neo-Manueline gardens, dreamed by an Italian opera designer, Luigi Manini, under the orders of the Brazilian tycoon of precious stones and transport, António Carvalho Monteiro, known by Monteiro dos Millões.
Built in the 18th century by the Dutch Gildmeester and rebuilt by the 5th Marquis of Marialva. Currently it is a famous fiver stars hotel unit. The garden and the belvedere are open to the public
At 412m above sea level, this amazing castle rises above the surrounding forest. When the clouds move away, the view over Sintra is spectacular, up to the bright Atlantic Ocean, and becomes – just like the cliff – breathtaking. This Moorish Castle is classified as a national monument. Built by Arabs in the 8th century, it had great military significance. Conquered definitively to the Moors in 1147, by the first king of Portugal, Afonso Henriques
The most famous building in Sintra is Pena Palace. Built in the 1840s, on the top of the hill, that can easily be seen from Lisbon and it is one of Europe’s most fantastic palaces.
The palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal. This palace it is a maximum reference of Portuguese Romantic architecture.