Changes to our services due to the pandemic: see Opening Times, Cafeterias and Stores (within Plan your visit) | 15 May 2021: Convent of the Capuchos closed on its regular opening times; traffic interruptions in Sintra due to the "Rali das Camélias" (see How to get there, within Plan your visit)
The Gardens of the National Palace of Sintra extend across terraces to the west of the Palace.
On the first level comes the Preta Garden, which constitutes a natural viewpoint looking out over the Sintra Hills and the historical centre. Recently restored, its name stems from the painted composition of a black laundry women accompanied by a male figure in a red livery. At the centre of this garden stands a large scale Manueline twisted column that, through to the early 20th century, had stood in the square in front of the entrance to the Palace Courtyard, then a closed space.
The Araucaria Garden, the Kitchen Garden, the Tanquinhos Patio and the Princes’ Garden are the remaining areas making up these gardens and always framed by magnificent views.