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Itinerary

Discover the Historic Centre of Sintra

Places to visit

Moorish Castle | Vila Sassetti | National Palace of Sintra

This half-day itinerary lets you discover the memories of the people who made Sintra the historic place that it is today. Discover the Arab heritage of this territory, let yourself be carried away by one of the most beautiful walking routes to reach the town of Sintra and discover the last surviving Portuguese medieval palace, a testament to local multiculturalism.

04 1000 Anos De Sintra

HALF-DAY

Starting at 10:00 am

Price

Around €40 per person (tickets, 1 light meal and 1 snack)

Difficulty

Average - Some steep climbs

Photography

Permitted for personal use, without the use of a tripod or flash indoors

Route

On foot, with some long-distance paths and steep climbs

The Moorish Castle

MORNING

This route is planned so that you can enjoy it worry-free. The only thing you have to worry about is making the most of the walk, filling your lungs with pure air and absorbing the countless beauty spots there are to discover. This tour begins with a visit to the Moorish Castle, built around the 10th century on a strong rock massif at one of the highest points on the hill. Due to its lofty position and proximity to the ocean, it served as a watchtower for the defence of the Atlantic coast and maritime access to the city of Lisbon. It has two circles of walls, between which is the ancient Church of São Pedro de Canaferrim.

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1
10 min

The Moorish Castle Centre of Interpretation

10:10
10 min

Founded in the 12th century, the Church of São Pedro de Canaferrim functioned as a parish church until the 14th century. Today, it has been converted into the Interpretation Centre of the History of the Castle, where objects collected in archaeological excavations carried out between 2009 and 2013 are on display, through which it is possible to explore the history of the castle.

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2
5 min

Christian Necropolis

10:20
5 min

After the conquest by King Afonso Henriques, the old Islamic quarter was destroyed and occupied by the Christian necropolis of the Church of São Pedro de Canaferrim. The archaeological excavation of the cemetery demonstrated that it had remained in use for around 300 years. Numerous Neolithic artefacts were also found at this site, one of the most relevant being a complete vase, from the 5th millennium BCE.

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3
5 min

Arms Square

10:25
5 min

This walled square, open to the sky, was at one time where the military garrison convened. In the 19th century, King Ferdinand II carried out renovations to the castle, transforming it into a romantically-inspired place of contemplation.

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4
10 min

Castle Keep

10:30
10 min

The Castle Keep was the last stronghold of the fortress and forms part of the citadel. It is located at one of the highest points of the walls and from there you have an expansive vista over the floodplain to the north of the Sintra hills and the Atlantic Ocean.

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5
15 min

Walls

10:40
15 min

The various construction phases are visible in the castle walls, showing the alterations that have taken place over time. The sentry walks along the top allow you to contemplate a unique landscape.

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6
10 min

Royal Tower

10:55
10 min

Located opposite the Castle Keep, the Royal Tower is the highest point on these walls and provides a spectacular view of the Sintra hills and, in particular, the Palace of Pena.

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7
15 min

Castle Cafeteria

11:05
15 min

There is a cafeteria here with a pleasant terrace that invites you to take a break and where you will be served a reinvigorating coffee. This way you can gather your strength to begin a beautiful walk.

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Villa Sassetti

Walk

Now begins the descent to the Historic Centre of Sintra, along the Villa Sassetti pedestrian trail.

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8
30 min

Vila Sassetti

11:30
30 min

With a winding route, the path through the garden invites a leisurely pace and the contemplation of nature, on a walk through a forest of chestnut and oak trees permeated by streams of water and natural rocks. Architecture and landscaping merge harmoniously in this garden, designed by scenographer Luigi Manini (1848-1936), and the exotic nature of the vegetation, the water features and the contrasts of light and shadow endow it with a strongly theatrical flair. The house, located halfway down the hill, was created as a summer retreat for Victor Carlos Sassetti (1851-1915), the owner of the legendary Hotel Braganza in Lisbon, and the Hotel Victor in Sintra. Also designed by Luigi Manini, it is inspired by the castles of northern Italy, where the architect and the Sassetti family were originally from.

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National Palace of Sintra

Visit to the Monument

The itinerary ends with a visit to the National Palace of Sintra, the oldest palace in Portugal, which has spanned the entire history of the country.

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9
5 min

Swans Hall

12:00
5 min

This is the largest room in the palace, where the most important functions were held, such as ambassadorial receptions, banquets and celebrations. It is named after the white swans that decorate its ceiling.

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02 PNS Pegas
10
5 min

Magpies Room

12:05
5 min

The name of this room is explained by the 136 magpies painted on the ceiling. The birds hold the banner of King João I in their beaks, and in their claws grasp a rose that may refer to the House of Lancaster, the house of Queen Philippa, his wife.

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03 PNS Brasoes
11
5 min

Heraldic Hall

12:10
5 min

Located in the highest part of the Palace, the Heraldic Hall is the finest example in the building of Manueline intervention and the most important heraldry room in Europe.

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12
10 min

Queen Maria Pia’s Royal Chambers

12:40
10 min

Located on the upper floor of the east wing of the palace, these chambers were used as a summer residence by Queen Maria Pia of Savoy (1847-1911), the last queen to live in this palace.

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13
40 min

Gardens and the Lion’s Patio

13:00
40 min

On the Lion's Patio you will find a cafeteria with a pleasant terrace where you can have a comforting meal. Afterwards, you can explore the gardens of the National Palace of Sintra. The Preta Garden, named after the singular relief figure of a black woman that decorates it, has recently been restored.
(At certain times of the year, the cafeteria service may be closed. Please see the page dedicated to cafeterias and restaurants for more information.)

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