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And my eyes were surprised to behold the most beautiful panorama in this world

Charles Fréderic de Merveilleux, "Memórias instrutivas sobre Portugal 1723-1726", in O Portugal de D. João V visto por três estrangeiros

There are two things I have that greatly please me El Escorial and the Capuchos Convent

Filipe II of Spain (I of Portugal), Letters from Filipe II to his daughters, 1581-1585

Convent of the Capuchos

A Franciscan convent built in direct contact with nature and in keeping with a philosophy of extreme architectural and decorative simplicity. The Capuchos Convent is extremely small in size, being notable for the great poverty of its construction. It is also known as the “Cork convent” because of the extensive use of cork in the protection and decoration of its tiny spaces. Its rustic appearance and great austerity are indissociable from the surrounding vegetation, since the building is completely integrated into the natural environment, to the extent that enormous granite boulders have been incorporated into its construction.

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Parques de Sintra wins the World Travel Award for the fourth consecutive year as “World's Leading Conservation Company”

On Friday, 2 December, Parques de Sintra won, for the fourth year in a row, the World Travel Award for the “World’s Leading Conservation Company”. The Portuguese company received the award at the official ceremony held in the Maldives after having once again been the…

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Parques de Sintra nominated ‘Best Conservation Company in the World’ at the World Travel Awards

For the fourth consecutive year, Parques de Sintra has been nominated for the “Word Travel Awards”, ranked as the “Oscars of Tourism”, in the category of the “World’s Leading Conservation Company”. Winner in 2013, 2014 and 2015, Parques de Sintra is once again the only…

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Parques de Sintra receives the best practices award in the “Spaces, products and services in use” category from the “Design For All” foundation

©PSML Parques de Sintra has won the best practices award for the “Spaces, products and services in use” category from the “Design For All” foundation for its “Parques de Sintra Welcomes Better” project. “Design For All” is a non-profit foundation with…

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Parques de Sintra records a 15.85% rise in annuak visitor numbers in 2015

In 2015, and for the first time in any single year, the parks and monuments under the management of Parques de Sintra recorded over two million visitors (2,233,594), corresponding to a year-on-year rise of 15.85%. Similar to other years, the Park and National Palace of…

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Parques de Sintra is the best service SME of the year according to Exame magazine

The Exame magazine has elected Parques de Sintra as the best small and medium sized enterprise (SME) in the service sector. The election results were published by Exame magazine and featuring the full ranking of Portugal’s 1,000 best SMEs. In the general ranking, Parques de…

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Life at the Cork Convent

A journey into the past in which the principles of Franciscan conventual life that have determined how this convent was built in the 16th century. Along the visit, participants will meet “brothers” Georgino and Simião whose pleasant, warm and educational presence shall be the ideal company…

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A journey into the past in which the principles of…

A journey into the past in which the principles of…

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