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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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Sintra scouts camp out in the Ferdinand II hunting grounds

Group 1134 of the National Scouts camped out between 27th and 29th June on the agricultural terraces of the Ferdinand II hunting grounds near the Convent of the Capuchos with the support of Parques de Sintra. The camp took place within the framework of the…

Group 1134 of the National Scouts camped out between 27th…

Group 1134 of the National Scouts camped out between 27th…

Group 1134 of the National Scouts camped out between 27th…

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Entries to IGPOTY 2014

Entries are open for submissions to this year’s “International Garden Photographer Of The Year” (IGPOTY) award. This is the world’s leading photography competition specialising in gardens, plants, flowers and botany and open to both professional and amateur photographers. Anybody interested in participation has only to…

Entries are open for submissions to this year’s “International Garden…

Entries are open for submissions to this year’s “International Garden…

Entries are open for submissions to this year’s “International Garden…

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Award for the best nature pictures of Sintra

Currently ongoing is the BIO+Sintra Project photography competition with the objective of finding the best in the natural values of the Sintra hills. The competition is open to the participation of both amateur and professional photographers who wish to submit pictures of nature taken in…

Currently ongoing is the BIO+Sintra Project photography competition with the…

Currently ongoing is the BIO+Sintra Project photography competition with the…

Currently ongoing is the BIO+Sintra Project photography competition with the…

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Video relay with sign language for the deaf

Parques de Sintra has recently launched a video relay service (with interpreter) for deaf people through a partnership with Serviin. This service enables deaf people to contact Parques de Sintra through an interpreter (via video relay), who communicates using Portuguese Sign Language and provides information…

Parques de Sintra has recently launched a video relay service…

Parques de Sintra has recently launched a video relay service…

Parques de Sintra has recently launched a video relay service…

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Accessible tourism in the Parks of Sintra

The “Parques de Sintra Welcome Better” project is underway to improve access to the parks and palaces that are managed by Parques de Sintra, turning them into an example of best practice for accessible tourism and equal access to natural and built heritage. This project,…

The “Parques de Sintra Welcome Better” project is underway to…

The “Parques de Sintra Welcome Better” project is underway to…

The “Parques de Sintra Welcome Better” project is underway to…

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Top names set to open the “Music Season” at the Palace of Queluz

8 March marks the beginning of the Carnival Cycle of the 2014 Music Season at the Palace of Queluz – Tempest and Galanterie – with Massimo Mazzeo as the artistic director. This first cycle runs from 8 to 29 March and consists of six concerts…

8 March marks the beginning of the Carnival Cycle of…

8 March marks the beginning of the Carnival Cycle of…

8 March marks the beginning of the Carnival Cycle of…

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Visitors to Parques de Sintra enjoy a 25% discount at the Toy Museum

From now on, when you visit the parks and monuments managed by Parques de Sintra, you automatically qualify for a 25% discount on the price of admission to the Toy Museum. To obtain your discount, all you have to do is present the ticket to…

From now on, when you visit the parks and monuments…

From now on, when you visit the parks and monuments…

From now on, when you visit the parks and monuments…

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PARQUES DE SINTRA WINS A WORLD TRAVEL AWARD FOR “WORLD’S LEADING CONSERVATION COMPANY”

Parques de Sintra – Monte da Lua (PSML) received today the World Travel Award for the “World’s Leading Conservation Company”, during the official ceremony in Doha (Qatar). These awards, known internationally as the “tourism Oscars” are annually bestowed on the best companies in the world…

Parques de Sintra – Monte da Lua (PSML) received today…

Parques de Sintra – Monte da Lua (PSML) received today…

Parques de Sintra – Monte da Lua (PSML) received today…

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Parques de Sintra forms partnership with TAP

Parques de Sintra has recently signed a protocol with TAP enabling members of its Victoria Programme to exchange air miles for tickets that provide full access to the Park and Palace of Pena. This partnership will remain in effect until 20 December, and TAP Victoria…

Parques de Sintra has recently signed a protocol with TAP…

Parques de Sintra has recently signed a protocol with TAP…

Parques de Sintra has recently signed a protocol with TAP…

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“Sintra Visit Carbon Calculator” helps you plan your visit to Sintra with reduced carbon emissions

Parques de Sintra now has a “Sintra Visit Carbon Calculator” available, which can help you plan your visits to Sintra with reduced carbon emissions. The application is available online and at the kiosks of the various sites managed by the company, and forms an integral…

Parques de Sintra now has a “Sintra Visit Carbon Calculator”…

Parques de Sintra now has a “Sintra Visit Carbon Calculator”…

Parques de Sintra now has a “Sintra Visit Carbon Calculator”…

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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…

A journey into the past in which the principles of…

A journey into the past in which the principles of…

A journey into the past in which the principles of…

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