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The view from the top of the Moorish castle is superb

James Edward Alexander, Sketches in Portugal during the Civil War of 1834

Sintra has two extremely sturdy castles

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

Moorish Castle

Visitors to the Moorish Castle can walk around the fortress amid huge boulders and sheer cliffs, admiring the views over a unique landscape stretching all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. Located on one of the hilltops of the Serra de Sintra, this irregular-shaped fortress was built in around the 10th century after the Muslim conquest of the Iberian Peninsula. It was subsequently enlarged during the Christian reconquest.

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Restoration work on the facades, masonry and tiles of the National Palace of Pena successfully completed

In January, Parques de Sintra fully completed the restoration of the facades of the National Palace of Pena. The intervention, that counted on investment of around €300,000, involved two years of project planning and eight months of actual restoration work. The integral recovery of the…

In January, Parques de Sintra fully completed the restoration of…

In January, Parques de Sintra fully completed the restoration of…

In January, Parques de Sintra fully completed the restoration of…

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“King Ferdinand and his Bavaria" in the Great Hall of the Palace of Pena

The fourth and final evening of the cycle “Musical Evenings at the Palace of Pena”, entitled “King Ferdinand and his Bavaria”, takes places on 14 February. It features a concert by soprano Ana Franco, mezzosoprano Carolina Figueiredo, tenor Bruno Almeida, bass João Merino and pianist…

The fourth and final evening of the cycle “Musical Evenings…

The fourth and final evening of the cycle “Musical Evenings…

The fourth and final evening of the cycle “Musical Evenings…

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2015 to see €2.8 million investment in restoring the Palace of Queluz

In January, Parques de Sintra launched the interventions necessary to the restoration of the National Palace and Gardens of Queluz with total investment rising to around €2.8 million. The work planned for the Palace includes the full restoration of its façades, masonry, beams, roofing, upgrading…

In January, Parques de Sintra launched the interventions necessary to…

In January, Parques de Sintra launched the interventions necessary to…

In January, Parques de Sintra launched the interventions necessary to…

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Conclusion of the restoration of the Valley of the Lakes and the Garden of Camellias in the Park of Pena

This month saw Parques de Sintra complete a series of restoration projects in the Park of Pena including both the built structures and the gardens themselves with the objective of conserving the features that best define this site of such historical relevance in addition to…

This month saw Parques de Sintra complete a series of…

This month saw Parques de Sintra complete a series of…

This month saw Parques de Sintra complete a series of…

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‘Elise Hensler: Queen of Pena’ musical evening in the Great Hall at the Palace of Pena

The third evening in the cycle ‘Musical Evenings at the Palace of Pena’, entitled ‘Elise Hensler: Queen of Pena’, will take place on 31 January. It includes a recital by the soprano Cristiana Oliveira, the baritone Nuno Pereira, the horn player Paulo Guerreiro and the…

The third evening in the cycle ‘Musical Evenings at the…

The third evening in the cycle ‘Musical Evenings at the…

The third evening in the cycle ‘Musical Evenings at the…

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Google maps the interiors of the Palaces of Sintra

In partnership with Parques de Sintra, Google has recently made some additions to its Google Maps collection by adding the Palaces of Pena, Sintra, Queluz and Monserrate to its Indoor Maps function and thus making it possible for any Google Maps (whether via computer or…

In partnership with Parques de Sintra, Google has recently made…

In partnership with Parques de Sintra, Google has recently made…

In partnership with Parques de Sintra, Google has recently made…

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Parques de Sintra notches up a 13% year-on-year rise in 2014 visitor numbers

Over the course of 2014, the parks and monuments under the management of Parques de Sintra welcomed just short of two million visits (1,928,000) representing a 13% increase on the previous year. Of this total, the Park and National Palace of Pena remained the single…

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Over the course of 2014, the parks and monuments under…

Over the course of 2014, the parks and monuments under…

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The Sintra Camellia and Orchid Exhibition

Over the weekend of 21st and 22nd February, Parques de Sintra is hosting the exhibition “Camellias and Orchids in Sintra”, in partnership with APC – the Portuguese Camellia Association and COP – the Orchidiphile Club of Portugal. The exhibition, with free entry, takes place in…

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Over the weekend of 21st and 22nd February, Parques de…

Over the weekend of 21st and 22nd February, Parques de…

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Evening of “Exoticisms” in the Great Hall of the Palace of Pena

The second event in the cycle “Musical Evenings in the Palace of Pena” takes place on 10th January, is entitled “Exoticisms” and features a concert bringing together the soprano Dora Rodrigues, the tenor Mário Alves, the baritone Luís Rodrigues and the pianist João Paulo Santos,…

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The second event in the cycle “Musical Evenings in the…

The second event in the cycle “Musical Evenings in the…

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Co-financing approved for 5 Parques de Sintra projects

Parques de Sintra has recently received the approval of its application for the co-financing of five projects: four projects applying to POR Lisbon (Regional Operational Program) and one candidate project under PRODER (Rural Development Program), all taking place in 2015 and mostly in the first…

Parques de Sintra has recently received the approval of its…

Parques de Sintra has recently received the approval of its…

Parques de Sintra has recently received the approval of its…

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Archaeological Research

Archaeological work carried out at the Moorish Castle by Parques de Sintra.

Archaeological work carried out at the Moorish Castle by Parques…

Archaeological work carried out at the Moorish Castle by Parques…

Archaeological work carried out at the Moorish Castle by Parques…

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