Capuchos Convent

Currently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
  • Address: Sao Pedro de Penaferrim, Parques de Sintra, Serra de Sintra, Sintra 2710-405, Portugal
  • Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Ticket Price: 5 EUR
  • Time Required: 01:30 Hrs
  • Tags: Religious Site, Historical Site, Architecture

Capuchos Convent - Review

The meditative calm at Capuchos Convent draws you in.

The 4th Portuguese Viceroy of India, Joao de Castro got lost hunting in these mountains and fell into an exhausted sleep in which he experienced a divine insight to build a convent on the site.

The Convent was established by a group of monks in the 1560s to establish a new religious order in the region. Soon enough, the monks played an influential role in all aspects of Portuguese life. A number of writers and artists sought inspiration at the Capuchos Convent. Unfortunately, the place lay in ruins by the onset of 19th century until Viscount of Monserrate Francis Cook (of the Monserrate Palace fame), acquired the property and looked after its upkeep.

The minimalist design of Capuchos Convent stands in stark contrast to the other lavish monuments of Sintra. But the humble and mossy walls, the hand painted interiors, the unadorned paths and passageways and the tranquil green outdoors lend the place a different sort of beauty. The austerity that you encounter at the Convent is a result of the monks’ deliberate effort to stay away from materialistic indulgences which they felt plagued the rest of the town.

But don’t let the simple architecture fool you. Inside, you will find the 500 year old world of hermits, their rooms, kitchens, washrooms and more. The decorations you will see inside were mostly pieces of cork, tiles and porcelain. The surrounding area has a wonderful collection of wild roses and trees.

Capuchos Convent Information

  • Discount on ticket price is available for children.
  • Audio guides are available for an additional price.
  • The ticket price does not include guided tour or audio guide.
  • The rocky terrain of the Capuchos Convent makes it unsuitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.
  • This hilly area tends to get chilly. Bring along a jacket.
  • Wear comfortable footwear to the Convent.

How To reach Capuchos Convent by Public Transport

  • By Bus: Capuchos Convent is on the City sightseeing bus route available at the Sintra Train Station.
  • By Car: Hire a car up to the Convent and back on the N375 route. 

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TripHobo Highlights for Capuchos Convent

  • Capuchos Convent Address: Sao Pedro de Penaferrim, Parques de Sintra, Serra de Sintra, Sintra 2710-405, Portugal
  • Capuchos Convent Timing: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Capuchos Convent Price: 5 EUR
  • Best time to visit Capuchos Convent(preferred time): 02:00 pm - 05:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Capuchos Convent: 01:30 Hrs
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Things to Know Before Visiting Capuchos Convent

  • 95% of people who visit Sintra include Capuchos Convent in their plan

  • 64.51% of people start their Capuchos Convent visit around 2 PM - 3 PM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr 30 Minutes to see Capuchos Convent

Monday, Saturday and Sunday

94.65% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Capuchos Convent

People normally club together Quinta Da Regaleira And The Inititation Wells and Praia Do Guincho while planning their visit to Capuchos Convent.

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Capuchos Convent, Sintra Reviews

  • A pleasant day out. Our family visit was very satisfying even though the temperature was 16C and windy. One wouldn't have known there was a convent in this hillside, a very beautiful and interesting place and one or two viewpoints if you go exploring and find them. 7€ for adult entrance is great value for money. Not suitable for prams, we recommend carrying (baby carrier). Just outside of the venue there is a nature walk if you fancy making a long time in the area. :)

  • The only reason this didn't get 5 stars was because there is a lack of signage telling you what you're looking at. But they are doing extensive renovation so hopefully that will be resolved. So tranquil and atmospheric. Wonderful

  • Hidden gem. Really fantastic place of historical interest. Very well preserved and maintained. A nice pace from the hustle and bustle of Sintra.

  • Fairly small place. Price (7€ in 2018) seemed expensive for the place, especially when compared to the value of what else can be seen in Sintra. Lack of signage makes it hard to know what you're looking at.

  • Lovely place with a lot of interesting things to see. Beautiful viewpoints if you bring your good shoes. So quiet and peaceful compared to some of the other popular places (we were there on a Tuesday in July just before noon)

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