Sintra Introduction Walking Tour (Self Guided), Sintra

Sintra is a gemstone of Portugal, a city with rich culture, majestic architecture and intriguing monuments. There are many cultural venues such as theaters, galleries, museums, art centers, and concert halls founded to promote art and culture in the country. The admirable city of Sintra inspired many artists to create their wonderful masterpieces. Check out the nest sights in Sintra in the next walking tour.
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Sintra Introduction Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Sintra Introduction Walking Tour
Guide Location: Portugal » Sintra (See other walking tours in Sintra)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 11
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 Miles
Author: ellen
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Modern Art Museum
  • Olga Cadaval Cultural Center
  • Reflexo Theater
  • Municipal Library (Biblioteca Municipal)
  • Cultural Center of Santo Domingo
  • City Hall (Câmara Municipal)
  • Museum of Anjos Teixeira
  • Valencas Palace (Palácio Valenças)
  • St. Martinho Church (Igreja de S. Martinho)
  • Quinta da Regaleira (Regaleira Palace)
  • Seteais Palace (Palacio Seteais)
Modern Art Museum

1) Modern Art Museum (must see)

The Modern Art Museum holds the collection of one of the richest men in the country: the famous art collector Jose Berardo, born in Portugal in 1944. It is located in a beautiful edifice built in 1920s. The museum displays modern and contemporary art of the 20th century by European and American artists. Some of the permanent exhibitions present such well-known artists as Francis Bacon, Miró, Andy Warhol and Picasso. Temporary exhibitions of Surrealism, Abstraction, Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, Pop Art and Photography artistic movements are often held there. The Modern Art Museum supports young talent and has a separate hall called New Gallery where their works are exhibited. The museum is closed on Mondays.
Olga Cadaval Cultural Center

2) Olga Cadaval Cultural Center

The Olga Cadaval Cultural Center promotes performing arts development in the country. The building in which it is located is an architectural monument of the city. Built in 1945, it is in the late modern style with Art Deco elements. It also served as the former Cine Teatro Carlos Manuel. The center has two modern-equipped halls: a room seating 980 visitors for opera, concerts, theater and dance performances; and a room with 300 seats for cinema and conferences. The venue is closed on Sundays, Mondays and national holidays.
Reflexo Theater

3) Reflexo Theater

Established in 2001, Reflexo Theater is focused on the renewal and development of Portuguese theater. It mostly works on productions for children and teenagers. The key characteristics of theater's success are emotions, liveliness and truth. Reflexo Theater is located in the heart of Sintra and has a hall for theater, dance, and music performances as well as weekend workshops and a foyer with a small gallery of photographs and paintings and a bar.
Municipal Library (Biblioteca Municipal)

4) Municipal Library (Biblioteca Municipal)

The Municipal Library of Sintra has a long tradition and is an example of longevity and cultural intervention in the city. It was founded in the first half of 20th century by Antonio da Cunha and in 2003 it was moved to House Mantero, a 19th century Victorian-style palace. The library owns over 60,000 volumes of monographs, documents of high worth, literature and a fund for audiovisual documentary. The House Mantero has an exhibition gallery. There is also a large garden with a tea house, cafe and a large space for outdoor cultural events.
Cultural Center of Santo Domingo

5) Cultural Center of Santo Domingo

The Cultural Center of Santo Domingo is located in a wonderful mansion, in the center of Sintra. The center holds exhibitions of local painters, sculptors, photographers and craftsmen. Additionally it’s an ideal place to learn about the cultural life of the city: its exhibitions, shows, concerts, festivals and fairs. The center is open daily.
City Hall (Câmara Municipal)

6) City Hall (Câmara Municipal) (must see)

The construction of Sintra City Hall began in 1906 and was finished in three years. The style of the architecture is Neo-Manueline. The City Hall has a tower topped by battlements. One of its outstanding features is the glazed tilework symbolizing the national coat of arms and the Christian Cross. On the top of the tower’s central pyramid is a sphere. The building has beautiful balconies with arches in Neo-Renaissance style.
Museum of Anjos Teixeira

7) Museum of Anjos Teixeira (must see)

The Museum of Anjos Teixeira displays the works of the Anjos Teixeira family. The building in which the museum opened in 1976 was once their house. The greatest works of two genius contemporary sculptors, father and son, are displayed in the museum. In 2008 a complete renovation of the exhibition space was held. You can see the sculptures in the court as well.
Valencas Palace (Palácio Valenças)

8) Valencas Palace (Palácio Valenças)

When you enter the Old City of Sintra, the Valencas Palace will be the first notable building you notice. Valencas Palace was designed by the Italian architect Giuseppe Cinatti. The edifice was erected in the 18th century in Romantic style. It also includes Gothic elements in its architecture. In 1939, by the decision of city administration, Sintra Municipal Archive moved there. The archive is one of the richest in Portugal and includes rare documents and manuscripts dating back to medieval Portugal. The palace also hosts musical concerts and cultural events.
St. Martinho Church (Igreja de S. Martinho)

9) St. Martinho Church (Igreja de S. Martinho) (must see)

The exact period of St. Martinho Church’s construction is unknown but it is believed to be from the 12th century. In the 13th century a new Gothic church was erected in its place. Today you can see the Gothic altar that survived after the 18th century earthquake and three paintings on wood dating back to the 16th century.
Quinta da Regaleira (Regaleira Palace)

10) Quinta da Regaleira (Regaleira Palace) (must see)

Quinta da Regaleira is an estate located near the historic center of Sintra. Along with other palaces in this area, it is one of the principal tourist attractions of Sintra. It consists of a romantic palace and chapel, and a luxurious park featuring lakes, grottoes, wells, benches, fountains, and a vast array of exquisite constructions. The palace is also known as "Palace of Monteiro the Millionaire", from the nickname of its first owner, António Augusto Carvalho Monteiro. The Regaleira Palace bears the same name as the whole estate. Sometimes, the name "Regaleira Palace" is used to refer to the entire estate.

The façade is characterized by exuberantly Gothic pinnacles, gargoyles, capitals, and an impressive octagonal tower. The palace has five floors (a ground floor, three upper floors and a basement). The ground floor contains a series of hallways connecting the living room, dining room, billiards room, balcony, some smaller rooms and several stairways. In turn, the first upper floor contains bedrooms (Carvalho Monteiro's bedroom used to be the one with a balcony) and a dressing room. The second upper floor contains Carvalho Monteiro's office, and female servants' bedrooms. The third upper floor contains the ironing room and a smaller room with access to a terrace. Finally, the basement contains the male servants' bedrooms, the kitchen (which possessed an elevator for lifting food to the ground floor), and storage rooms.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Seteais Palace (Palacio Seteais)

11) Seteais Palace (Palacio Seteais) (must see)

The Seteais Palace is a neoclassical palace located in Sintra. The palace is nowadays a luxury hotel, restaurant and a tourist attraction included in the Cultural Landscape of Sintra. It was built between 1783 and 1787 for the Dutch consul Daniel Gildemeester, on lands granted by the Marquis of Pombal. The consul chose to build his house on the border of an elevation, from which the vast landscape around the Sintra hills could be admired. The palace was surrounded with a large garden with fruit trees.

In 1797, some years after the consul's death, his widow sold the palace to Diogo José Vito de Menezes Noronha Coutinho, 5th Marquis of Marialva. The palace was enlarged between 1801 and 1802, probably by neoclassical architect José da Costa e Silva. The palace was turned into a symmetrical U-shaped building, with the consul's house becoming one of its wings. The cornice of the buildings that compose the main façade was decorated with typical neoclassical motifs like vases, busts and reliefs of garlands. The gardens of the palace were remodelled following romantic trends.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Sintra, Portugal

Create Your Own Walk in Sintra

Create Your Own Walk in Sintra

Creating your own self-guided walk in Sintra is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Architecture and Religious Buildings Tour

Architecture and Religious Buildings Tour

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Tour Duration: 4 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.3 Km or 5.2 Miles
Sintra Museums and Galleries Tour

Sintra Museums and Galleries Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 Km or 1.4 Miles