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About Capuchos Convent, Sintra

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 Get To 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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Address: Sao Pedro de Penaferrim, Parques de Sintra, Serra de Sintra, Sintra 2710-405, Portugal

Ticket Price: 5 EUR

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Time Required: 01:30 Hrs

Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

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  • 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)

  • Convent hidden in the forest, really interesting to see how the monks were living, what a lifestyle! The place is charming, mystical...

  • This is a very nice and niche place to visit in Sintra. Totally worth the cheap ticket. Go there at sundown for a better experience

  • This is a discovering adventure. The convent is small, small as in you having to bend down to fit the doors. But also as not a lot to visit in the inside of the building. This is nice to bring your kids for an exploration adventure. Be aware, bring comfortable shoes like hiking boots. Free to visit for locals residents of Sintra on Sunday mornings.

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  • OK, it was out of season (not that you'd know from the amount of tourists in Sintra where I was staying). And in fairness it's a very small site. Perhaps my expectations were too high? Situated not far from Sintra I drove, but you're probably best using the sightseeing bus service (18 Euros for a 24 hour hop-on hop-off pass - I don't think you could do all their stops in one day). There was a smallish car park, short walk to the ticket office. Then a slightly longer walk to the convent where there are also toilets and a gift shop. The convent is fascinating. The visit takes you through the cells (not very accessible and I didn't attempt some of the smaller cells with low roofs). But I wanted to see the two frescos I'd heard about and I couldn't. Thanks to the invisible architects... Quite a lot of the site was blocked off due to "On-going archaeological surveys". I don't know how you'd find out about these. Or the donkey-sanctuary. Yup. No I don't see the connection either. If you're doing Sintra you should try and tick off all the sites. There's plenty. But it did feel a lot like a box-ticking exercise. Visited October 2016

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