Convent of the Capuchos

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From Lisbon: Sintra Bike Tour With Lunch and 2 Attractions

1. From Lisbon: Sintra Bike Tour With Lunch and 2 Attractions

Near to Lisboa lies the small town of Sintra, one the most fascinating places in Portugal. Dare to step into this enchanted world of palaces, chapels, shrines, convents and castles, in the midst of ridges forests and fountains. You will figure out why Sintra is a cultural and natural amusement park. After a little adventure, you sit down to have lunch. Come on this incredible adventure through the world of sintra, embark from Lisbon. You have to complete your trip to Portugal with a visit to the mysterious town of Sintra. Sintra is a mystery, that's how the locals describe this place. Sintra is a true magnet of energy, an incredible place full of shrines, temples, and castles in the middle of a dense mountain range facing the North Atlantic. Leave everything to your guide who will prepare your mountain electric-bike and everything you will need. Lunch will be ready for you and the tickets for Quinta da Regaleira and Convento dos Capuchos are already included.

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Lisbon: Full-Day Sintra and Cascais Tour

2. Lisbon: Full-Day Sintra and Cascais Tour

You will start your day at the front door of your hotel, where you will be greeted by your guide before traveling to Sintra in a comfortable 9-seater van. You will then have the opportunity to visit the mysterious and romantic town of Sintra, classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Once there, you can choose to visit one of the following monuments: - the Pena Palace (the best example of the Romanticism style in Portugal) - the Sintra National Palace (a Medieval royal residence) - the Monserrate's Park and Palace (an eclectic place where you can explore romantic gardens with exotic species) - the Capuchos Convent (known for its extreme bareness of its architectural and decorative elements) - the Moors Castle (a fortress located on the top of a hill) - the Regaleira Estate (one of the most magical views one can find in Sintra) In any case, you will be accompanied by your guide, who will provide you with full explanations about the sites. You will then have time to explore the center of the town and have lunch. You can ask your guide for recommendations of restaurants, before taking some time to stroll around the narrow streets of Sintra. Following lunch, it will be time to go to Roca Cape, the westernmost point of Continental Europe. Later, you will head to Cascais, a lovely town by the sea with an old fishing tradition. Here you will have time to see the town center, as well as the entire bay area. Before returning to Lisbon, you can take the chance to drive by Estoril, which used to be a place of refuge during World War II. To conclude your tour, you will go back to Lisbon by the "marginal", a road which connects Cascais to Lisbon and runs along the coast.

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Sintra: Twizy E-Car Rental with GPS Audio Guide

3. Sintra: Twizy E-Car Rental with GPS Audio Guide

Enjoy the flexibility and freedom to explore Sintra the way you want with this Renault Twizy e-car rental and GPS audio-guided tour in one. As you drive, learn about Sintra’s iconic sights from your audio guide that’s available in 7 languages and equipped with free Wi-Fi. The journey in your Twizy e-car starts with a presentation and explanation of routes. After learning how to operate the vehicle, set out on your discovery of Sintra. When you pass monuments along the route, learn the story or legend behind them from your audio guide. Take advantage of a route map with information on where to park and where to take the best photos. During the tour, decide when and where to stop and for how long. Sights along the tour route include: • Sintra’s historic center • Sintra National Palace • Moorish Castle • Pena Palace • Miradouro da Vigia (three hills, three castles) • Quinta da Regaleira • Seteais Palace • Monserrate Palace and Park • Cabo da Roca Rest assured knowing Twizy has the Clean & Safe seal, awarded by Turismo de Portugal.

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From Lisbon: Sintra, Pena Palaces, and Capuchos Convent Tour

4. From Lisbon: Sintra, Pena Palaces, and Capuchos Convent Tour

Sintra is a "True glorious Garden of Eden", as the famous British poet Lord Byron described it. Discover this paradise just outside Lisbon, and see why people like Hans Christian Andersen and Gloria Swanson were delighted with the magic and mystique emanating from the palaces, villas and estates of this charming village. On this tour, you’ll get to know the Pena National Palace and its profusion of exotic and eclectic styles, united in a perfect masterpiece of architectural Romanticism. Prepare to be awestruck by guided visits inside Sintra National Palace and Convento dos Capuchos.  Enjoy a delicious meal in a traditional Portuguese restaurant with regional delicacies. After lunch, it’s time to see the world-famous Pena Palace. It’s practically a visual synonym for Sintra, with its vibrant colors and fusion of styles. The fact it is nested on top of the hill also enhances its mystical aura, especially when it’s surrounded by fog, which is not uncommon. Time to return to Lisbon, as we drive along the Marginal Avenue and see the beautiful coastline connecting the capital to Cascais.

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Mysterious Sintra: a Unesco Heritage Site

5. Mysterious Sintra: a Unesco Heritage Site

Villa Palace - This is the best preserved medieval Royal Palace in Portugal. The thousand-year-old history of the Palace of the Town of Sintra began during the Muslim occupation of the Iberian Peninsula. Already mentioned in texts from the 11th century, the original Moorish Palace became the property of the Portuguese Crown after the conquest of the city of Lisbon by Afonso Henriques, the first King of Portugal. New extensions were later added to the building over time, although it has largely maintained its present day outline since the mid-16th century. This gradual multiplication of buildings, with different styles, is largely responsible for the enigmatic enchantment of this ancient palace, dominated by great twin chimneys atop the kitchen that constitute as authentic ex-libris of the cultural landscape of Sintra, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. The interior guided tour is optional. Pena Palace and gardens - Located in the Sintra hills, the Park and Palace of Pena are the exponent of a Sintra tour. It is one of Portugal's most visited monuments. The palace's history started in the Middle Ages when a chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Pena was built on the top of the hill above Sintra. According to tradition, construction occurred after an apparition of the Virgin Mary. In 1493, King John II, accompanied by his wife Queen Leonor, made a pilgrimage to the site to fulfill a vow. His successor, King Manuel I, was also very fond of this sanctuary, and ordered the construction of a monastery on this site which was donated to the Order of Saint Jerome. For centuries, Pena was a small, quiet place for meditation.  In the 18th century the monastery was severely damaged by lightning. However, it was the Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755, occurring shortly afterwards, that took the heaviest toll on the monastery, reducing it to ruins. Nonetheless, they escaped without significant damage. In 1839, King Ferdinand, a creative genius, set out to transform the remains of the monastery into a monument of the greatest expression of Portuguese romanticism. The palace was built to serve as a summer residence for the Portuguese royal family The palace was built in such a way as to be visible from any point in the park, which consists of a forest and luxuriant gardens with over five hundred different species of trees originating from the four corners of the earth. Quinta da Regaleira -  is an estate located near the historic city center. Along with the other palaces in the area its considered one of the principal tourist attractions of Sintra. It has been classified as a Building of Public Interest since 2002. The property consists of a romantic palace and chapel, surrounded by lush gardens, lakes, wells, grottoes and enigmatic constructions with hidden alchemical meanings, such as those evoked by the Freemasons, Templars and Rosicrucians. The palace is also known as "The Palace of Monteiro the Millionaire", which is based on the nickname of its best known former owner, who transformed the 4-hectare estate into the palace. The varied styles of his design evoke Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Manueline architecture. The Regaleira Estate is a place that has to be experienced. It is not enough to describe the memories, landscape and mysteries. You have to discover it, contemplate the design of the gardens and buildings, admire the palace and walk round the exotic park and experience its spirituality.  The park also contains an extensive and enigmatic system of tunnels, which have multiple entry points that include: grottoes, the chapel, Waterfall Lake, and "Leda's Cave," which lies beneath the Regaleira Tower. The "Initiation Well" connects to other tunnels via a series of underground walkways. Capuchos Convent - Officially the Convento de Santa Cruz da Serra da Sintra (Convent of the Holy Cross of the Sintra Mountains). Its creation was associated with the Portuguese Viceroy of India, D. João de Castro, and his family (XVI century), but became a pious community of reclusive clergy that continued to occupy cramp humble spaces in the complex, until the religious orders were abolished in Portugal. The Franciscan convent was built in direct contact with nature, and in keeping with a philosophy of extreme architectural and decorative simplicity. The Capuchos Convent is extremely small in size, being notable for the great poverty of its construction. It is also known as the “Cork Convent” because of the extensive use of cork in the protection and decoration of its tiny spaces. Its rustic appearance and great austerity are indissociable from the surrounding vegetation, since the building is completely integrated into the natural environment, to the extent that enormous granite boulders have been incorporated into its construction. Roca Cape - This is the western-most point of continental Europe. Europe ends here, abruptly, among ragged cliffs beaten by the sea. The terrain dramatically steepens as it approaches the Atlantic coast. The cliffs are more than 100 meters high. One feels the profound earthly energy that has formed this place. A lighthouse stands proud, warning all ships to stay clear from this dangerous place. It is truly astonishing. Cascais Bay - Admire the Cascais bay on the way back to Lisbon. Understand the magic light of Lisbon, where the River Tagus and ocean blues merge with the sky colors. Take your camera with you.

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What people are saying about Convent of the Capuchos

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 46 reviews

Our guide Hans was very knowledgeable, extremely personable and also a good driver. He responded to our individual requests and gave us a great day. In addition to the planned program, we received some great tips and assistance in Lisbon. Definitely voted for our value for money and we would definitely recommend the tour.

Perfect tour to feel the real sintra.

Our local guide daniel was a perfect guide. He took us to the best spots in sintra. He even took us to secret places that are not known to many. Should definitely choose this tour if you want to Experience the real local tour.

This tour was the most memorable time we spent in Lisbon!

Daniel definitely should be cloned because he was an AMAZING tour guide—personable, knowledgeable, engaging and professional.

Very nice trip, with a mix of sightseeing and cultural immersion to Portuguese history. Be prepared for a good walk.

The experience was beautiful and the guide was very kind and attentive.