Today, Sintra is celebrated by elegant globetrotters, culinary journey seekers, travel writers, and destination brides and grooms in search of inspiration deeper that the one praised by poets and novelists. For the jet-setting crowd, it is the 19th-century Romantic architecture, cobblestone streets, the palaces and dense, lush gardens, the parks and stunningly foggy views, the restaurants, and delectable services, as the city insists on being a paradise regained at every visit.
From the sweet bite of the queijada pastry to the splendors of what artistry decided to bestow upon Sintra, view some of the best locations to visit, and indulge in unique experiences with your wedding guests sure to immerse them in the luxuries of your destination.
Arriving in Sintra
Sintra is a 35-40 minute drive from central Lisbon. There is a regular 40- minute train from Lisbon’s Rossio station to Sintra station, located roughly half a mile from the town center and the National Palace. When you need an energy boost try the local queijadas, Sintra’s version of a pastel de nata (the ubiquitous Portuguese custard tart) made with a sweet cheese filling. Over the summer Sintra is a busy city filled with vibrant crowds whose wanderlust feasts in its beauty.
A luxury wedding venue in Sintra
Camélia Gardens is located in São Pedro de Sintra, 5 minutes from the centre of Sintra, and 25 minutes from Lisbon. The property can be accessed via Rua Rodrigo Delfim Pereira N5. At Camélia Gardens, you have the freedom to design the wedding you have always envisioned. Our promise of One Wedding at a Time grants you free reign over our beautifully restored mansion and meticulously landscaped gardens and grounds. You can personalize, customize, and tailor your event to match your individual style and vision.
Cabo da Roca and Praia da Ursa
Cabo da Roca is the western most point of mainland Europe. In the 17th century, Cabo da Roca had a fort which played an important part in the defence system along the Portugal coast. Presently, there is a lighthouse which is still used for navigation purposes. The cape is located over a granite cliff offering panoramic views of the majestic Atlantic Ocean. From Cabo da Roca, one can take a dirt road to Praia da Ursa, a stunning beach. This unique expanse of sand has a surreal landscape and is surrounded by tall and jagged cliffs.
Sintra’s old town centre
Sintra’s UNESCO World Heritage–listed centre is peppered with picturesque townhouses on sloping hills overlooking the glorious Atlantic Ocean. Visit the centre of Sintra early in the morning as it becomes overcrowded with tourists as the day progresses. Take a walk along the winding cobblestone lanes and soak in the sights of a charming town with churches, villas, museums, cafés and restaurants.
The National Palace
Built by the Moors in the Middle Ages, the National Palace of Sintra was expanded by several kings over the centuries, resulting in a mix of influences from Mudéjar (an Islamic style) to Manueline (a highly ornate Portuguese style). But you don’t need to be an architecture buff to be impressed by the Coat of Arms room painted with 72 noble families’ emblems, or the restored 15th-century kitchens where regal banquets were once prepared.
Located on the top of a hill is another former royal residence, the Pena Palace. Inspired by German Romantic architecture, it looks like a Disney castle with its pink and yellow towers, ornamental buttresses, and cartoonish gargoyles. The interiors are equally dramatic. Don’t miss the intricately carved ceilings and walls of Queen Amelia’s apartments and the striking all-white reception room. If it’s a nice day, purchase a combo ticket that includes access to the royal gardens.
Quinta de Regaleira
Completed in 1910, Quinta da Regaleira was the private residence of a coffee tycoon who commissioned the flamboyant estate from an Italian architect and opera-set designer. Though the neo-Manueline house and chapel are outstanding, the real highlights are found in the whimsical gardens, which feature hidden tunnels, grottoes, and strange mystical symbolism.
Palace of Monserrate
From 1789 onwards, the Palace of Monserrate housed one wealthy Englishman after another, even earning a mention in a few of Byron’s poems. The eclectic building combines Gothic arches, Indian alabaster panels, Moorish stucco work, and East Asian porcelain. The palace’s botanical gardens are equally diverse, with flora from far-flung destinations like Mexico and New Zealand.