|This is a region with a glorious and glamorous past, inhabited and visited by the aristocracy and royalty since the Medieval era. |
Characteristic traits of the various historical periods may by found around the region; houses and walls are covered in a rich vegetation (moss, ferns and bushes), which grows due to the existing microclimate.
This unique environment inspired literary production by many authors who fell in love with the Sintra Mountain.
The Sintra region, is classified by the UNESCO as Cultural Landscape and World Heritage.
|The Estoril Coast is widely regarded as the Portuguese Riviera, with it climate exceptionally mild. |
Estoril became the favourite haven of many of the kings and aristocrats exiled during the tumultuous history of the 20th century.
It was a major centre of international espionage and secret diplomacy during the Second World War, and from that time onwards has retained a sophisticated, cosmopolitan atmosphere.
| Sintra: |
- Sintra Historic Centre - "Old Town"
- Mouros Castle, built in the 9th century
- Quinta da Regaleira (Regaleira Farm)
- Convento de Santa Cruz dos Capuchos
(Monastery of Santa Cruz dos Capuchos)
- Monserrate Palace
- National Pena Palace
- National Queluz Palace
- Sintra Mountain Natural Park
- São Miguel de Odrinhas Archaeology Museum
- Regional Colares Cellar
- Cascais Citadel
- Marine Museum
- Cabo da Roca ( Roca Cape), "the most Western location in Europe" - "Where the land ends and the sea begins." Camões
- Oeiras Oceanic Pools
- Cascais Marina
- Sintra-Cascais Natural Park
- Manuel Possolo Riding Track, Cascais
- Fernanda Pires da Silva Circuit
|- Praia de Carcavelos, |
a big, sandy beach.
it is a major venue in both the European and the World Surfing and Windsurfing Championships.
|Popular Crafts |
Hightlight for works in wood, furniture, tiles, lace and embroidery.