Between the green, rocky hills and the sea, often embraced by the mist, Sintra holds precious natural, architectural and archaeological relics. The village includes within its territory the ‘Cultural Landscape of Sintra’, recognised in 1995 as World Heritage site by UNESCO. This unique status, based on a harmonious mixture between natural landscape and cultural heritage, covers part of Sintra’s hills, the historical town and its monuments.
In recent years, Sintra has worked towards good environmental, social and economic performance, especially in what concerns tourism, respecting the environment, the municipality and the region.
Positive aspects 2015:
- Sintra has been classified as UNESCO World Heritage site for its Cultural Landscape, including its monuments and parks. It maintains a built heritage alive, well preserved and promoted. The accessibility to nearby natural areas provide ample hiking opportunities.
- Sintra is one of the first few Portuguese municipalities to develop a local strategic plan to face Climate Change. Currently it integrates the partnership of the promising project ClimAdaPT.Local.
- Most of beaches in the territory have “excellent” bathing water quality. Two of them are currently undergoing improvements for making them accessible to people with disabilities.
Point for improvement 2015:
- Sintra should continue to invest in valuing and promoting local products and services, and fostering their development in sustainable and environmentally friendly ways (e.g. encouraging organic production of local wines and apple varieties, which demand is becoming increasingly popular).