Olga Cadaval Cultural Centre

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The Olga Cadaval Cultural Centre is part of the programme for cultural revitalisation of the country, in which the restoration of existing theatres, plays an extremely significant role. In this specific case, the restoration of this building was even more important due to Sintra´s classification by UNESCO as a World Heritage site.


A Living Culture


The magic of its natural scenery and the memory of the men who have passed through Sintra, the mysterious mists and the play of the water with the green leaves define its own special and possibly unique poetic ambience, transforming Sintra into a highly desirable place for artistic endeavour.


Colares as Sintra’s harbour

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Existing archaeological data indicates that Sintra and Colares, due to their geographical proximity, had a similar and simultaneous evolution. Some people have even wondered whether Colares could have been Sintra’s harbour.


Fairs, Popular Festivities, Markets and Pilgrimages





- "Parties in Honor of S. José" - Algueirão (Freg. Algueirão-Mem Martins)

- "Traditional Procession of the Senhor dos Passos" - Montelavar (Freg. Montelavar)




Sintra countrymen - known as saloios - have a rich gastronomic history based on strong traditional values that should be encouraged and preserved. Varied and abundant, the cooking around this region can make anyone’s mouth water.


Colares and its wine

adegaIn the 19th and 20th centuries, Colares was an area where Lisbon’s wealthy inhabitants sought refuge. Sintra and Colares were then favourite weekend and even holiday places.


St. Mamede Saloia Pilgrimage in Janas

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According to tradition, the animals must go round the chapel anti-clockwise three times in the morning.

Up to some years ago, many animals and their owners came to the pilgrimage. They came from as far as Mafra, Loures, and even Torres Vedras.A lively fair is set up around the chapel, with lots of people picnicking there – the Negrais sucking pig is obviously part of their meal.In the afternoon, vows are fulfilled. The animal owners make their offerings to the saint and, in exchange, they receive multi-coloured cotton ribbons that are placed on the animals. This is a way of putting the saint in touch with the cattle, thereby extending the valuable effect of this ritual for another year. In the weddings and christenings that take place here, the guests also walk three times around the chapel.Nowadays, the number of animals that come to the pilgrimage has diminished significantly, but the festival still maintains its original characteristics, even though it is often ostriches and other exotic animals that follow their owners to walk three times around the chapel rather than donkeys, cows and horses.


The “Reineta Apple”

maçãs reinetas Although there was obviously some exaggeration in the size of the apples, Alhimiari’s sentence confirms the importance of the apples of this area, especially in the Collares parish.


At the Sintra countryman’s table


Among the meat dishes, special mention should be made of the Negrais suckling pig, Mercês pork, roast kid and veal. Fine fish, shellfish and molluscs abound in Sintra’s unpolluted coastline, and one can enjoy delicious bass, sea bream, octopus or mussels and barnacles.


Our Lady of Cabo Espichel : legend , memory, and circuit

senhorarosariobarreiroIn 1707, Friar Agostinho de Santa Maria wrote in the Santuário Mariano that the miraculous image of the Virgin Mary appeared one day in Cabo Espichel, on the site where a small chapel was built. He also says that Mary, mounted on a small donkey, climbed up the cliff, where the animal “left prints of its hands and feet.”


The Rocha Pear

Pera rochaIn 1836, a pear tree producing unusually big, tasty and very juicy pears was identified in Mr. António Pedro Rocha’s farm. Mr. Rocha’s envious neighbours, surprised with these “special” pears, asked him for branches which they grafted on to their own pear trees. And so began the expansion of this tasty fruit that was named after Mr. Rocha and most certainly benefited from the special properties of the soil, as well as from Sintra’s mild climate.


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