"Sintra is the only place in the country where History became a garden. All of its legends converge onto this location, and its very own monuments speak less of the past, and more of an ever-present garden."
Louvar Amar, Vergílio Ferreira
"Today is the happiest day of my life. I know Italy, Sicily, Greece and Egypt, but I have never seen anything like Pena, anything at all. It's the most beautiful thing I've seen. This is the true garden of Klingsor, and the Castle of the Holy Grail is up yonder."
Richard Strauss, Composer, describing Sintra
"I have never seen anything that so completely destroyed my desire to travel. If I had been born in Sintra, I believe nothing would have tempted me to abandon its refreshing shade and cross the terrible arid lands separating it from the world."
"Where nature and art are magnificently combined"
Hans Christian Andersen - "Uma visita a Portugal, 1866"