101 as ruinas

Room 101 - The beginnings

Sintra is the result of the occupation by several peoples since Pre-Historic times. Note mentioning the Archaeological Museum of S. Miguel de Odrinhas, for a journey that takes you back to the roots of Sintra.


102 maças 540x400

Room 102 - Apples/Apples River

Considered as the fruit of sin, the Apples from Colares used to fell into the river, nearly covering its entire surface, becoming known as the Apples river, and so did the beach where it used to flow.


103 Casino de Sintra

Room 103 - Sintra’s Casino

The Casino of Sintra was inaugurated in the 1920’s, as a leisure and cultural center. Despite it has shut the doors for gambling, the building remained with its original aptitude. Currently, it houses the Cultural Center Olga Cadaval and temporary exhibitions.


107 Eden Jardim do Paraíso

Room 107 - Garden of Eden

Sintra is a land of opulent orchards and fertile soils, praised by the Muslim geographer Al Bakri (in the 11th century). The garden of Monserrate is a beautiful example of this richness with over 3000 exotic species.


108 Lenda de Colares

Room 108 - Colares Legend

According to the legend, the Countess of Compa escaped with her three children from Denmark after the King had killed her husband. When she arrived in Sintra, her 3 sons fell in love with the Moor Zeilão’s three nieces, and offered as dowry three gold necklaces. Thus, the town is known as Colares (= necklaces).


202 Azenhas do Mar

Room 202 - Azenhas do Mar

Its name comes from the ancient watermills that used to exist on the site. It became a seaside resort when, between 1930 and 1955, was settled the connection to Sintra by tram (which currently only reaches Praia das Maçãs).


203 Vinho de Colares

Room 203 - Colares Wine

The Colares wine was the first Portuguese table wine produced since the middle Ages. It was the wine that could be found in the Portuguese caravels during the Discoveries of the 15th and 16th centuries.


207 Descobrimentos

Room 207 - Discoveries

Over the 15th and 16th centuries, the Portuguese launched into the Discoveries by sea and Sintra was taken as a reference point for sailors and navigators, meaning that they were coming home.


208 Património da Humanidade

Room 208 - World Heritage Site

In 1995, Sintra was classified as World Heritage Site by the UNESCO.

Magical and romantic Sintra is the result of mutual work between man and God, Art and Nature.