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Sintra has two extremely sturdy castles

Al-Bakrî, 11th century (source: Al-Himyarî, Arab geographer and historian)

A grandiose and magnificent palace of the Kings of Portugal

Damião de Góis, historian and humanist, second half of the 16th century

Two domed chimneys, dominated the whole building

Hans Christian Andersen, A Visit to Portugal, 1866

I give and bestow upon you, Queen Isabel my wife, for all the days in your life, my towns of Sintra

Rei Dom Dinis, last quarter of the 13th century

The Palace is the great monument that grows in the town centre and accentuates its character

Vítor Serrão, Art historian

National Palace of Sintra

The thousand-year-old history of the Palace of the Town of Sintra began during the Muslim occupation of the Iberian Peninsula. Already mentioned in texts from the 11th century, the original Moorish Palace became the property of the Portuguese Crown after the conquest of the city of Lisbon by Afonso Henriques, the first King of Portugal, in 1147. It was first subjected to alteration work in 1281, in the reign of King Dinis, and new extensions were later added to the building over time, in the reigns of the kings Dinis, João I and Manuel I, although it has largely maintained its present-day outline since the mid-16th century. The vertical arrangement of its spaces, adapting to the nature of the terrain; the intimate organisation of the interior courtyards, outdoor spaces in which one can hear the sound of running water; the windows with their surmounted arches; and the walls covered in glazed tiles with rich geometrical patterns, are all features that underline the Moorish links of the craftsmen who built and embellished the Palace.

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Concert with the Lisbon Youth Choir to inaugurate the National Palace of Sintra Christmas tree

Christmas arrives at the National Palace of Sintra on 1 December with a concert by the Lisbon Youth Choir to commemorate the inauguration of the Parques de Sintra Christmas tree, which shall remain on display until 6 January 2018 in Rainha Dona Amélia Square. Under…

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Parques de Sintra nominated the “World’s Leading Conservation Company” for the fifth consecutive year by the World Travel Awards

Parques de Sintra has again been nominated, and for the fifth consecutive year, by the Word Travel Awards (WTAs), considered the “Oscars of Tourism”, in the category of the World’s Leading Conservation Company. Winner for the past four years (2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016), in…

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Parques de Sintra records a 17.52% annual surge in 2016 visitor numbers

©PSML Wilson Pereira In 2016, the parks and monuments under the management of Parques de Sintra welcomed over 2.6 million visits (2,625,011), which represents a 17.52% rise on the previous year and continues the increasing numbers of preceding years. Similar to…

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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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On Friday, 2 December, Parques de Sintra won, for 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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The King's Treasure

What begins as a simple guided tour becomes an adventure. Participants are challenged to travel back in time to discover what happened to the King’s treasure that was being transported in the ship D. Leonor, which was robbed by pirates nearly five hundred years.

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What begins as a simple guided tour becomes an adventure.…

What begins as a simple guided tour becomes an adventure.…

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