The Sintra Myths and Legends Interpretative Centre opened in the summer of 2016 in the same building as the central tourist office. This unique attraction occupies 17 rooms over four floors. The tour begins on the third floor, where visitors are treated to a view of Sintra's panoramic landscape. The visitor is introduced to the geology of the region and the five types of rock which make up the seven mile (10 km) long massif known as the Serra de Sintra.
The second floor focuses on the history and legends associated with Sintra such as the stories of the Magpies and Cova da Moura and Friar Honório. Learned historians and writers have cleverly brought together tales of Portuguese chivalry, pagan practices and beliefs, and Christian heritage which have shaped Sintra's persona.
Down on the first floor the exhibit delves deeper into Sintra's mythology and tells the story of the tomb of the two brothers, Seteais, Peninha and the legend of Adamastor. Here too is explained how these legends attracted the romantic writers and poets such as Lord Byron to the town. Finally on the ground floor visitors are introduced to the ceremonial mysteries of the Iniciatic Well at Quinta da Regaleira, walk-through tunnels, take a simulated rough sea voyage to Adamastor, before exiting the tour through an enchanted forest.
Daily: 09h30 – 18h00, (last admission at 17h00)
Adult: €4.50, Concessionary: €3.50. Child 6-15 €2.00, Infant <6 FREE
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Take the IC19 from Lisbon, IC30 from Mafra or EN9 turning off the A5 motorway to Cascais
The Scotturb buses #434 & #435 leaves from Sintra Train station and takes you to the Old Town Sintra.