Sintra Cabo da Roca Cascais Estoril
Departure towards Sintra with a stop to visit the town center and the Pena Palace, followed by a visit to Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of continental Europe. Then we visit Cascais, with its beautiful center and end the visit through the landscapes of Estoril.
The town of Sintra is one of the best known Portuguese villages, not only for its natural and architectural beauty but also for all the legends associated with the mysticism of Sintra. There are traces of settlement in Sintra since the Stone Age, however the period of greatest development of the town was from the 12th century, being at the time of the discoveries in the 15th and 16th centuries, that the town grew and developed most. The village has always attracted the most distinguished artists for its natural beauty and mysticism due to the constant fog that surrounds the top of the mountain. This village has always been preferred by kings to build their summer palaces. Of the many palaces and places of interest in Sintra, we highlight the Sintra National Palace, the Pena Palace, the Moorish Castle, the Quinta da Regaleira, the Seteais Palace and the Capuchos Convent.
The National Palace of Sintra is located in the center of the town and was, since the time of the Moors, the royal residence. The palace's origins date back to the 8th century and since then it has undergone several restoration and improvement works, as well as additions that have endowed the palace with the most varied architectural styles, from the Moorish style to the Manueline style, with armillary spheres and nautical cables present in the Mecca Tower.
The Pena Palace stands on one of the highest peaks of the Sintra Mountains and displays a wide variety of architectural styles. It was built in the XIX century by D. Fernando II, on the ruins of an old convent and in it we can observe from the neo-manueline style, present in the Arc of Tritons, to the Romanticism, present in the Arab room. In the ballroom we can find German stained glass windows and oriental porcelain. The palace park has plants and trees from various parts of the world, as well as snaking paths and stone benches.
The Palace of Seteais was built in the 18th century and has a privileged view of the sea, the valley and the Sintra mountains. We can also see under the arch of Seteais Palace in an aligned way the Palace of Pena. Its architectural style is neoclassical being one of the palaces reformulated by the bourgeoisie of the time. Inside it it is possible to admire paintings and tapestries. Nowadays this palace works as a beautiful luxury hotel.
CABO DA ROCA
Cabo da Roca is the most western point of continental Europe and was mentioned by Luís de Camões as the place "Where the land ends and the sea begins", being a place of natural beauty, where you can appreciate a unique landscape and the sea makes its presence in an imposing way. The site is still in operation, the third oldest lighthouse on the Portuguese coast.
Cascais is an old fishing village that developed a lot since the 19th century, but in the 20th century it became the known village that is today and by many nicknamed "Portuguese Riviera". In Cascais there are some monuments of interest, mainly related to maritime defence, such as the Guincho Fort and the Santo António da Barra Fort.
We can visit the Citadel of Cascais which includes the Fort of Nossa Senhora da Luz de Cascais where the beautiful Pousada de Cascais now operates. Passing the Citadel you can admire the beautiful marina, the Palace of the Counts Castro Guimarães and also the Boca do Inferno, a very sought after and appreciated place where the force of the sea created cavities and caves in the limestone, originating a picture of wild and rough beauty.
Estoril is essentially known in the sports panorama more specifically for motoring and tennis. However, it was during and after World War II that the city stood out when it received a very high number of refugees and exiles, of which D. Juan de Borbón, Count of Barcelona, and Kings Humberto II of Italy, Carlos II of Romania, Simeon II of Bulgaria and countless figures from the sports and cultural panorama should be highlighted. It was here that, in 1956, the tragedy of the death of Infante Afonso of Spain occurred at the age of fourteen.
Estoril has one of the most beautiful leisure areas by the sea with beaches of fine sand and crystal clear water. Along the coast we find, besides an extensive sandy beach, Casino Estoril, one of the biggest casinos in Europe that has a high quality entertainment center, very sought after by gambling professionals or just curious people trying their luck.