We are happy and excited to invite you to this week’s tour to Sintra! Join us for a tour full of stories about kings, queens and their palaces. To begin with, here is the most important information:
When: Thursday, August 10, 2.00 pm
Where: Estação Ferroviária do Rossio, Entrance hall
What to bring: A public transport card (Return ticket is around 4 €)
Once Sintra was under Moorish rule, just like Lisbon. In the centuries to come, the area hosted many royal families.
Especially during the summer, the lighter climate helped to cool down a little. That is because of Sintra’s higher altitude. The foggy Sintra mountain range is the scene for many stories full of mystery.
Today, we are still able to see the wealth that some of those families must have acquired. Sintra is home to two palaces, many royal residences and other picturesque buildings. The municipality is part of the UNESCO World Heritage.
We will also have the chance to try a famous Portuguese pastry: Queijadas de Sintra.
At the end of the tour, there will be enough time left to visit one of the palaces by yourself. Note that this week the tour is on Thursday and not on Wednesday.
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Learn about Sintra, this place full of history, meet people from other classes and practice your Portuguese in a relaxed environment.
We are looking forward to seeing you!
Last week on Thursday we met at Rossio station to take the train to Sintra. The mountains and the area around have their own micro climate, usually it is a little colder than in Lisbon and often there is fog in the air.
Walking from the station to the national palace, we learned about the history of Sintra. Once under Moorish rule, it turned into a summer residence for the Portuguese royal family. All over the municipality there are smaller and bigger residencies. Some of them were abandoned over the course of the last century, so not all are in as good shape as the National Palace of Sintra.
After the tour, we tried the local pastéis: Queijadas de Sintra. They are very delicious and a welcome change to all the Pastéis de Nata! Join our next tour, they are every Wednesday and free for students and friends of the school!