Towns Twinned with Sintra

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El Jadida (Morocco), since 21st September 1988

This was the first town Sintra was twinned with, as part of the dynamics of preferential relations, since Morocco is one of the three countries – the others being Brazil and Spain – with which Portugal has the closest affinity. The aim of this Protocol was to reinforce the ties of friendship, as well the economic, commercial and cultural cooperation between Morocco and Portugal, not forgetting the History that binds the two countries.

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Sintra World-Wide

Palacio Pena

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Palácio da Vila


Cultural Landscape of Old Sintra and its Serra

Sintra and its Serra, more than extremely beautiful, are truly unique.

It is upon this singularity that Sintra has been internationally acclaimed by poets, artists and thinkers. Its difference lies in the exceptional syncretism existing between Nature and its ancient monuments, in addition to the pioneering architectonic dreams it inspired in the Romantic period.


Town Hall

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The official opening of the Lisbon-Sintra railway line in 1889 had a major effect on Sintra’s urban environment. The impossibility, however, of any expansion in the Vila Velha led to the building of a new district at a reasonable distance from the Vila Velha that was called Estefânia, in honour of Queen Stephanie of Hohenzollern, wife of D. Pedro V.


Sintra´s Historical Centre - "Vila Velha"

Vila de Sintra

The Historical Centre includes the so-called “Vila Velha”, one of the nuclei that make up Sintra’s urban agglomerate. It is bounded, in the North, by Rua do Paço, Rua Conselheiro Segurado, Beco do Forno, Escadinhas da Pendoa and Rua Fresca; in the East by the Escadinhas do Hospital and Rua Visconde de Monserrate; in the South by the Mountain slope; and in the West by the Quinta de Pisões.


Historical Summary

C MourosGeralClassified by UNESCO as World Heritage and Cultural Landscape during the 19th Session of the UNESCO Committee which took place on 6th December 1995, Sintra is one of those magic places where nature and man combined in a perfect symbiosis, as if they wanted to surprise us and fill us with emotion in the beauty of their work.


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