Sintra Palaces one day
Unforgettable tour of Sintra, the most romantic and charming historic village of Portugal, UNESCO list of cultural landscape. Sintra is surrounded by rocky hills, topped by a castle, populated by beautiful palaces and mansions of the century. XIX, as well as having a forest park with dense forest that includes trees and exotic plants from various continents.
The head of its highest point we have the Moorish Castle, century. X, originally built by the Muslims and expanded after the Christian reconquest. On the hill next to exuberant Palace of Pena, considered the most beautiful palace of Europe, which brings together various styles and architectural symbols of the Portuguese past, including the Gothic-Manueline and the Cross of the Order of Christ. Ordered the construction in the century. XIX by King Consort Fernando II, taking advantage of the ruins of the ancient monastery of Our Lady of Pena, of the century. XVI, which remains the original cloister. It was inhabited by the last kings of Portugal - D. Carlos de Bragança and Amelia of Orleans - of which you can still see many memories during the visit to the palace, as in the case of its rooms, bathrooms, painting studio , paintings, photographs and other personal items. The entire interior of the palace is rich in decoration with tiles, stucco, ornamental stones, European and exotic furniture, porcelains of different origins, among many other objects worthy of interest.
Another must-see monument is the National Palace of Sintra, located in the downtown part of the village, noted for its huge white chimneys. It is of Moorish origins and was subject to several enlargements until the century. XVI, has also been real housing over several centuries, from the time of D Dinis (sec. XIII). It's a great testimony of several architectural styles, ranging from the Renaissance to the Spanish-Moorish, ending in gothic-manufactory. The interior is equally well stuffed furniture and decorative objects from medieval times onwards, including Hispanic-Arab tiles and magnificent decorative paintings.
In Sintra you can still enjoy the exotic and exquisite Palace of Monserrate, another jewel of the romantic architecture of the nineteenth century, carved in stone and stucco like it was made of income. Or the enigmatic Quinta da Regaleira, full of symbolism related to Freemasonry and the Masonic rituals, and in its garden an alleged initiation well with a deep spiral staircase. Alternatively still has the ruins of the Capuchos Convent, carved directly into the rock in 1560 to house the friars of the Order of St. Francis of Assisi who lived here in total fusion with nature.
Finally, it remains for you to taste the typical sweets of Sintra - the pillows, stuffed with custard, and queijadinhas made of cheese, eggs and cinnamon-, or to taste a wine glass of Colares wine in a local winery. The Colares wine is unique in the world because their vineyards are primitive and its roots are done in very sandy soils. It also has the possibility of do a carriage ride through the narrow, winding and lush roads of this romantic village.