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XVIII Century Chapel

Open to those who can see beyond the obvious…

A CAPELA is a historical landmark and one of the cornerstones of Sintra, Portugal to stay at.  This XVIII Century Chapel was originally built in 1789 in, what is now, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  It has been the spiritual epicentre and home to creative minds and distinguished guests for over two centuries.  A Capela is a modern take on a traditional Chapel on the estate of the Gomes da Silva family, with its antiques, custom-designed, handcrafted furnishings and rotating collection of contemporary century Portuguese Artwork.

Whether having a private event or experience Sintras´ unique offerings, A CAPELA delivers exceptional guest experiences. Private outdoor lounge area with breathtaking mountain views of the Moorish Castle. Walking distance to Sintra Palaces as well as the main meeting point for site seeing tours. Very close to all the beautiful quaint cafes, shops and restaurants.

Sintra is known for its unique architectural monuments, which has resulted in its classification as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Although its heritage in buildings and nature is the most visible face of the historic individuality of Sintra, a whole literary heritage has made the area a legendary reference in Portuguese and European culture.

In addition to the Mountains and Nature Park, the town of Sintra is blessed with royal retreats, estates, castles and other buildings, including the mediaeval Castelo dos Mouros, the iconic Pena National Palace, the Sintra National Palace, the Quinta da Regaleira, amongst many other places that brings us back to our childhood memories and fantasies.

Sintra is covered with Legends and Myths. Father Baião, in his Portugal Cuidadoso (1724) noted: “Next to the Palace of Sintra was a forest, so thick, that during the day, it cast fear in him who entered it. And [King]D. Sebastian was free from these fears, that he would walk at night, through it, many times for two or three hours.”[1] Starting in the second half of the 18th century and lasting through the 19th century Sintra became known as a nostalgic and mysterious location described by many foreigners. It was the Romantic Lord Byron’s “Glorious Eden”; or the place where Richard Strauss saw a garden “comparable to Italy, Sicily, Greece or Egypt, a true garden of Klingsor, and there in the heights, a castle of the Holy Grail”.


“A CAPELA” a Essênce de Sintra.

1. Câmara Municipal, ed. (2011). “Sintra e a sua Historia” (in Portuguese). Sintra, Portugal: Câmara Municipal de Sintra. Retrieved 10 October 2011.


A CAPELA – Voted best accommodation while visiting SINTRA, 2016.

Maxima – December 2016 Edition






A CAPELA – Ranked one of the 8 most romantic accommodations in SINTRA, 2018.

Expresso – Boa Cama, Boa Mesa – February 2018



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