Sintra Houses by Lendas de Sintra https://www.sintrahouses.com Sintra Houses by Lendas de Sintra: mysticism and glamour of Sintra present in only two houses, designed to provide unforgettable days! Thu, 19 Jul 2018 15:32:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.7 https://www.sintrahouses.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/cropped-LogoSintraHousesV3-32x32.png Sintra Houses by Lendas de Sintra https://www.sintrahouses.com 32 32 International Green Key Award, Press Release from sintraromantica.net https://www.sintrahouses.com/en/international-green-key-award-press-release-from-sintraromantica-net/ Tue, 26 Jun 2018 10:57:11 +0000 https://www.sintrahouses.com/?p=4790 Sintra Houses receive International Green Key Award. “Casa da Capela & Villa Maria, Casa José Ricardo and Hotel Arribas in Praia Grande, received the Green Key certification award in the 2018 edition, delivered by the hand of the national coordinator … Read More

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Sintra Houses receive International Green Key Award.

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Written on June 22, 2018

Casa da Capela & Villa Maria, Casa José Ricardo and Hotel Arribas in Praia Grande, received the Green Key certification award in the 2018 edition, delivered by the hand of the national coordinator of the Green Key program in Portugal, Fátima Vieira, representing of ABAE.

The tourist accommodation units evidenced compliance with good environmental and educational management practices, fulfilling the requirements of the international eco tourism program.

Green Key is an international environmental education program, which implements new ways of looking at the management and use of tourism establishments, promotes the development of the concept of sustainable and responsible tourism, thus seeking to contribute to a new individual and collective consciousness . It is implemented in more than 57 countries, with around 2900 tourist establishments, of which 127 are in Portugal.

The award ceremony for the 2018 Awards took place in Lisbon.”

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International Green Key Award, Press Release from sintranoticias.pt https://www.sintrahouses.com/en/international-green-key-award-press-release-from-sintranoticias-pt/ Tue, 26 Jun 2018 10:29:20 +0000 https://www.sintrahouses.com/?p=4770 Casa da Capela & Villa Maria receive International Green Key Award. “Casa da Capela and Villa Maria tourist units, located in an area classified as Natural Park Sintra-Cascais, were awarded the Green Key International Award of 2018, delivered by the … Read More

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Casa da Capela & Villa Maria receive International Green Key Award.

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Written on June 13, 2018

Casa da Capela and Villa Maria tourist units, located in an area classified as Natural Park Sintra-Cascais, were awarded the Green Key International Award of 2018, delivered by the hand of the national coordinator of the Green Key program in Portugal, Fátima Vieira, representing the ABAE.

Green Key is an international environmental education program, which implements new ways of looking at the management and use of tourism establishments, develops the concept of sustainable and responsible tourism, thus seeking to contribute to a new individual and collective consciousness.

The housing units Casa da Capela & Villa Maria “evidenced the fulfillment of good environmental and educational management practices, fulfilling the requirements of the international eco tourism program”, underlines the organization of the event.

“By being certified by the Green Key program, we are committed to the development of specific actions with our guests and the local community, focusing on natural resources and environmental awareness,” said the person in charge of managing the housing units, Irene Figueiredo, representing Sintra Houses by Lendas de Sintra, on the importance of this Award.

Sintra Houses has an internal environmental management program, which means that its holiday homes are optimized for water and energy consumption, recycling is promoted, environmentally friendly cleaning products are used and educational actions are carried out with the local community , among other points.

“We are committed to providing high quality, value-added products and services to our Clients at fair prices,” says Irene Figueiredo, representing Sintra Houses by Lendas de Sintra, who is proud of Casa da Capela & Villa Maria “to integrate this network of knowledge “.

The Green Key is an international program implemented in more than 57 countries, with around 2900 tourist establishments, of which 127 are in Portugal.”

 

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Sintra Houses are a Green Key Eco Friendly Holiday Houses https://www.sintrahouses.com/en/sintra-houses-are-a-green-key-eco-friendly-holiday-houses/ Sat, 09 Jun 2018 20:52:19 +0000 https://www.sintrahouses.com/?p=4707 You are staying at a Green Key Self-Catering Holiday Houses, which makes a special effort to protect the environment and therefore the climate. We have made improvements to ensure that both we, and you as our guest, are “greener”. Green … Read More

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You are staying at a Green Key Self-Catering Holiday Houses, which makes a special effort to protect the environment and therefore the climate. We have made improvements to ensure that both we, and you as our guest, are “greener”.

Green Key is the international eco-label of the tourism industry, which is awarded to entities that comply with a number of environmental and educational requirements in many different areas.

As a Green Key member we take special actions with the local community, establishing programmes with locals and guests, focusing in natural resources and providing for environmental awareness.

We, at Sintra Houses, have an internal programme for environmental management, optimization of energy and water consumption; sorting waste, using environmentally friendly cleaning products, avoid chemical herbicides and much more.

We compromise delivering high quality products and services to our guests, at fair prices.

Green Key is an international programme, established in more than 57 countries and Sintra Houses is proud to be a part of it.

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Moorish Castle https://www.sintrahouses.com/en/moorish-castle/ Mon, 30 Apr 2018 09:18:47 +0000 https://www.sintrahouses.com/?p=4599 The Moorish Castle is a fortification built in around the 10th century by the North African Moors, during their conquest of the Iberian Peninsula. They choose a strategic military location, high in the mountains between two rings of granite walls, … Read More

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The Moorish Castle is a fortification built in around the 10th century by the North African Moors, during their conquest of the Iberian Peninsula. They choose a strategic military location, high in the mountains between two rings of granite walls, that run irregularly around the peaks of the steep cliff faces.

Besides its strategic location, definitely we must admire the breathtaking views. From one side hill, lays the wonderful Pena Palace and on the valley, the oldest palace in Portugal, the National Palace of Sintra. Stunning landscapes includes, when the weather permits, the view of the Atlantic Ocean, Cabo da Roca, National Palace of Mafra and the fairytale town of Sintra.

The Moorish Castle is today a reclassified monument, that continues to be improved and really worth a visit. There are 450 meters perimeter surrounded by walls and towers, full of steps that goes downhill and uphill, a cistern, a chapel, a permanent exhibition of archaeological discoveries and historical facts, very well documented and also a cafe, among other useful support services. The Moorish Castle is classified as a National Monument since 1910 and together with the “Serra de Sintra” was considered Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 1995.

Inside the perimeter, archaeological works had reveal the human presence during the Neolithic period (5,000 BC), though the first village related to the Castle, was dated from the eighth century, when the Muslim invasion happen in the Iberian Peninsula. These facts are also part of the exhibition open to the public, which begins just before the main entrance into the walls.

A little bit more of history tells us, that the St. Peter of Canaferrim Church, which is right next to the Castle of the Moors, was built by D. Afonso Henriques, after the conquest of Lisbon to the Moors in 1147.

Open every day from 09:00 to 20:00 (summer time) and from 10:00 to 18:00 (winter).

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Convent of the Capuchos https://www.sintrahouses.com/en/convent-of-the-capuchos/ https://www.sintrahouses.com/en/convent-of-the-capuchos/#respond Sat, 31 Mar 2018 21:59:14 +0000 https://www.sintrahouses.com/?p=4265 In the middle of a dense forest and gigantic granite rocks of the Sintra Mountain Natural Park, lays the Capuchos Convent, an austere Franciscan monastery, with minimal impact on the natural environment and with an extremely simplistic design. The construction … Read More

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In the middle of a dense forest and gigantic granite rocks of the Sintra Mountain Natural Park, lays the Capuchos Convent, an austere Franciscan monastery, with minimal impact on the natural environment and with an extremely simplistic design.

The construction dates back to 1560 and the chosen location, allowed the resident friars complete segregation from the outside world, living in a quiet atmosphere, but at the same time with little comfort.

The set of small chapels, rooms and cells, are all connected by very narrow passages, resembling small caves. The beds are made of stone and the rooms, reminiscent of prison cells, are covered with cork and practically devoid of protection against the harsh winters.

Frei Honorio, was a famous monk who lived here and spent 15 of his years in isolation, living until the age of 100 years. The complex was abandoned after the religious orders were abolished in 1830.

A visit to this quaint monastery is an experience reminiscent of “Alice in Wonderland,” as we begin to explore the maze of cells, chapels and caves. The surrounding space conveys a peaceful and idyllic atmosphere. This is away from the usual tourist routes, but whoever knows Sintra, considers it, undoubtedly, as one of the best historical monuments in the region.

Open every day from 09:30 to 20:00 (summer time) and from 10:00 to 17:00 (winter).

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Vacation Home Rentals by Sintra Houses https://www.sintrahouses.com/en/vacation-home-rentals/ https://www.sintrahouses.com/en/vacation-home-rentals/#respond Wed, 28 Feb 2018 23:30:56 +0000 https://www.sintrahouses.com/?p=4227 Villa Maria and Casa da Capela, are two magnificent holiday houses, located in the Protected Area of Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the category of “Cultural Landscape” of Sintra. Villa Maria is a picturesque … Read More

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Villa Maria and Casa da Capela, are two magnificent holiday houses, located in the Protected Area of Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the category of “Cultural Landscape” of Sintra.
Villa Maria is a picturesque villa retro / vintage, dating from the early 20th century and the Casa da Capela is a small cottage, situated in a traditional Sintra village named Eugaria, Portugal.
Villa Maria - Double Bedroom

Villa Maria – Double Bedroom

Villa Maria is in the middle of a lush forest, in the Protected Area of Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a breathtaking view over the valley. It’s located 700m away from National Palace of Pena, through awesome hiking trails and views, and still very close to city center.

Self-service house with free access to all areas, perfect for a family holiday, in an excellent zone for hiking, or for a romantic stay at Sintra.

See here the main features of this home and the services that has to offer.

Casa da Capela - Park

Casa da Capela – Park

Casa da Capela lies in the Protected Area of Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, close to Monserrate Palace and a couple of kms away from sandy beaches, near the most western point of continental Europe.

Self-service house with free access to all areas, perfect for a family holiday, in an excellent zone for hiking, or for a romantic stay at Sintra.

See here the main features of this home and the services that has to offer.

Sintra Houses is part of the association Natural.PT, our houses respect the cultural and ecological surroundings, promoting good practices of environmental sustainability.

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Queijada de Sintra | XL https://www.sintrahouses.com/en/queijada-de-sintra-xl-2/ https://www.sintrahouses.com/en/queijada-de-sintra-xl-2/#respond Fri, 26 Jan 2018 17:37:01 +0000 https://www.sintrahouses.com/?p=4039 Instead of leaving the house to buy a package of the famous Queijadas of Sintra, why not make it a family team event and, in a fast and funny way, bake the famous pastry Queijada de Sintra in XL format? … Read More

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Instead of leaving the house to buy a package of the famous Queijadas of Sintra, why not make it a family team event and, in a fast and funny way, bake the famous pastry Queijada de Sintra in XL format?

Divide tasks by two groups, one takes care of the dough and another of the filling.

Pasta:

1 egg
1 pinch of fine salt
350g unleavened wheat flour
75 g butter

Filling:

6 small fresh cheeses
4 gems
350g of brown sugar
3 tablespoons unleavened wheat flour
2 tablespoons cinnamon (coffee)

Preparation of Queijada de Sintra

Heat the oven to 200ºC.

Pasta:

In a cup, knead with flour, salt, and butter. Add the egg and continue to knead.

After a homogeneous mixture, wrap in foil and take to the refrigerator for 1 h, roll out the dough, preferably over a stone table, previously sprinkled with flour.

Spread the dough until it has a thin thickness (2mm), and then line the dough in a pie dish.

Filling:

Crush the fresh cheeses into a bowl, adding sugar, egg yolks and cinnamon.

Add the flour and wrap until a homogeneous mixture is obtained.

Put the filling over the pie dish with the dough and bake for about 60 ‘.

After about 30 minutes reduce the oven temperature to 180 ° C.

Let it cool and then you can unmold your Queijada de Sintra XL.

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Colares Wines and Vineyards https://www.sintrahouses.com/en/colares-wines-vineyards/ Mon, 15 Jan 2018 18:39:51 +0000 https://www.sintrahouses.com/?p=4033 Why are Colares vineyards so different? Everything is different, the weather and the coastline – strong maritime winds, having the vineyards, as sole protection, palisades made of natural wood. Also unique is the fact that the vineyards are planted into … Read More

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Why are Colares vineyards so different?

Everything is different, the weather and the coastline – strong maritime winds, having the vineyards, as sole protection, palisades made of natural wood. Also unique is the fact that the vineyards are planted into the sand ground, without any help of exterior grafts.

Sturdy and resistant!

Colares is a unique wine region in Europe, with wines produced from grapes with very special characteristics and marketed through century-old wine cellars, for example the Adega Viúva Gomes, located in Almoçageme.

This wine region is located at the westernmost point of Continental Europe, in the municipality of Sintra, near the Atlantic coast, covering the parishes of Colares, S. João das Lampas and S. Martinho.

The DOP region of Colares was formalized in 1908, although there are records of wine activity since 1255, by order of D. Afonso III.

The wine-growing region of Colares is regulated through the Institute of Vine and Wine, and national legislation (DL nº246 / 94 of 29 September).

Portugal has 31 DOP zones and Colares is part of the Lisbon area, with two wine grape varieties:

Ramisco (red grape varieties) with a minimum total stage of 21 months, producing a ruby wine, quite rough in its early stages of youth, but full of aroma as it ages.

Malvasia (white grape varieties) with a minimum total stage of 9 months, being a citrus wine, perfumed, fresh, with fruit taste, that improves with age.

Heritage of Sintra and Portugal, the wines of Colares are progressively known in the national and international market, and the wineries have played an important role in its dissemination.

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Christmas in Sintra https://www.sintrahouses.com/en/christmas-in-sintra/ https://www.sintrahouses.com/en/christmas-in-sintra/#respond Thu, 21 Dec 2017 14:19:26 +0000 https://www.sintrahouses.com/?p=3982 Sintra Houses wishes you a wonderful Christmas and a fantastic New Year!  

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Sintra Houses wishes you a wonderful Christmas and a fantastic New Year!

 

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Sintra-Cascais Natural Park https://www.sintrahouses.com/en/sintra-cascais-natural-park/ https://www.sintrahouses.com/en/sintra-cascais-natural-park/#respond Tue, 21 Nov 2017 15:08:56 +0000 http://www.sintrahouses.com/?p=3475 Sintra mountain is a small massif – the Roman promontory of the moon – set before the ocean which climbs up to 528 meters at Cruz Alta. Once the domain of bushland the mountain has changed its features after the … Read More

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Sintra mountain is a small massif – the Roman promontory of the moon – set before the ocean which climbs up to 528 meters at Cruz Alta. Once the domain of bushland the mountain has changed its features after the introduction of several forest essences. Today, in certain areas you can breath the air of a dense forest which contrasts with the cover of the coastal strip or the limestone platform in São João das Lampas. The exotic vegetation reaches its higher expression in the Pena and Monserrate Parks.

Cliffs, small arribas, beaches, dunes and the Rocha muzzle draw a seashore that amazes with its vigour and there are even dinosaur footprints tracks (Praia Grande do Rodízio).

Besides countless examples of erudite architecture – the Palácio da Vila (Village Palace) with its unique chimneys is the symbol of the Park – and with its well preserved gardens, the Sintra-Cascais Nature Park (14.583 ha) houses within it curious manifestations of popular architecture.

The undeniable scenic value associated with this protected area was recognized by UNESCO by integrating part of the mountain and Sintra’s historical centre in the World Heritage List with the category of “cultural landscape”.

 

This area has been inhabited since the earliest days of antiquity, and is therefore much appreciated by geologists. At the beach “Praia Grande”, you can observe an important track of dinosaur footprints, present in a layer of almost vertical chalk of the south cliff and still in these shore-sea zones, you can observe remarkable fossil formations and limestone fields eroded by the ocean. Also worth noting is the “Azenhas do Mar“, a picturesque village that rises on an impressive nature cliff, built with great human skill.

Apart from Praia Grande, there are many other beaches of excellent quality and stunning nature beauty. These includes: Adraga, Abano, Samarra, Magoito, Praia das Maçãs or Guincho. In addition to the relaxation they can provide, they are excellent for surfing, windsurfing or body-boarding.

In the hillside, further inland, there are some picturesque rural areas, including the Casa da Capela, Sintra Houses’ lodging offer, set in a place where the north is marked by dry stone walls separating different agricultural fields and protect them from the maritime winds (the wine area of Colares) and to the south, the slope of the mountain range of Sintra rises, populated by magnificent rails along the immense forest.

The Sintra Mountain  is covered with lush vegetation, giving rise to a micro-climate that makes it so special. The fresh and varied aromas accompany the hikers, making this an unforgettable nature experience. Throughout the Natural Park, the richness of the Palaces, imposing of the Castles, or the singularity of constructions like the Convent of the Capuchos, surprise the visitors and are obligatory points of visit. Among these are: Pena Palace, Monserrate Palace, Moorish Castle and Quinta da Regaleira.

Source: www.natural.pt

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