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Walking Sintra to Cascais

7 Days & 6 Nights 4.5 Read 8 reviews
  • Walk from the wooded hills to the rugged coastline in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park
  • Explore the colourful monuments of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sintra
  • Cabo da Roca lighthouse, the westernmost point of mainland Europe
  • Discover the atmospheric "moon hills" of Sintra and hilltop Peninha Chapel
  • Delicious fresh seafood as you finish in the lovely seaside town of Cascais
Walk through the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, from inland wooded trails to the rugged Atlantic coast, with views over golden sandy beaches before finishing at the seaside town of Cascais. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sintra, renowned for its exquisite palaces, castles, monasteries and lush tropical gardens. Easily accessible from nearby Lisbon, it is clear to see why it was a popular sanctuary for Portuguese nobility between the 15th and 19th centuries. Feast on fresh seafood and Colares wine along the way, whilst staying overnight in boutique hotels and charming quinta-style guesthouses, where you'll receive a warm Portuguese welcome.

What To Expect

Easily accessible from Lisbon, this tour offers moderately graded coastal trails through a variety of coastal and inland landscapes on a mixture of paved and forest trails, clifftop coastal paths and quiet country paths. There are some significant elevations gains in the Sintra hills, but nothing too challenging. Please note that the trail near Cabo da Roca can be sandy. Stay overnight in boutique hotels and guesthouses. Perfect for those who like to mix their walking with lots of historical and cultural highlights.

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent holiday.

Activity:

Multi Centre Walking | You will spend multiple nights in one or more of the locations on this walking holiday

Inspiration:

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As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveller this holiday would be suitable for is: 10 Years

Grade & Terrain

This trip is graded ‘moderate’ overall and includes daily walks of 10-16km. It is suitable for most people that are in good physical fitness. The route follows a mixture of gravel trails, sandy coastal trails, forest and clifftop paths and daily ascents are between 200m and 500m. On Day 4 you will walk along clifftop coastal paths, which can feel exposed so if you suffer from vertigo, you may wish to miss this day’s walk. The terrain can also be quite challenging here, with steep sections of bare dirt. You may wish to use walking poles here. We recommend training ahead of this tour, by walking some daily walks of similar daily distances to your planned itinerary.

Navigation

As the navigation on this tour is fairly straightforward, it does not have turn-by-turn directions. It will be necessary to use the Macs Adventure Smartphone App. Simply download the app for offline use and follow the route on your phone with the assurance that you will be able to find your way, even without turn-by-turn directions. The route is way-marked in places and not in others. Several trails have way-marks on the ground, so please do keep your eye out for these. You will receive a digital booklet one month prior to your arrival with information about these, including a description of the route and points of interest. Using the two elements alongside each other should go a long way to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and problem free day.

Accommodation Information

Your holiday includes accommodation in charming 3 and 4* hotels and quinta-style guesthouses, where the warmest of welcomes and traditional hospitality will make your stay extra special. All rooms are comfortable and have a private bathroom. 

You can add on extra nights in any of the overnight locations. 

Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

If you require single rooms we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable. We also welcome solo walkers on this tour, again a supplement is payable.

Meals

A breakfast will be provided by your accommodation every morning. These usually consist of a selection of ham and cheeses, as well as some small pastries including the delicious “pastel de nata”, all accompanied by a cup of Galao (milky coffee). Dinners are not included, however there are options to dine out in all of the towns and villages. The food in Portugal is fantastic, famous for it’s codfish dish Bacelhau a bras amongst many other fresh seafood dishes, and the Sintra region in particular is home to the delicious pastry treat, Queijada de Sintra as well as the mouth-watering Colares wine.

Lunch is not included, but you can find small stores in which to purchase items for a picnic lunch, or some of your accommodations can make a picnic lunch if you ask in advance. In your route notes we give advice on where you can eat/pick up lunch.

Included
  • 6 nights in boutique hotels and charming guesthouses
  • Breakfast at each accommodation
  • Door-to-door baggage transfer as per itinerary
  • Transfers as per itinerary and arrival transfer from Lisbon to Sintra
  • Detailed Information Pack
  • GPX tracks and access to our smartphone app
  • 24/7 telephone support from our UK office
Excluded
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to Lisbon before the start, and from Cascais on the final day
  • Lunches and Dinners
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • Entrance Fees
Extras
  • Additional nights before, during and after the walk
  • Transfer from Cascais to the airport on the final day

When To Go

You can start this walking tour on any day of the week from January through to June, and from September through to December, subject to availability. Sintra offers great weather most of the year round but we do not offer this tour in the months of July and August as it can get very hot then, and doesn't make for enjoyable walking. Both spring and autumn offer excellent conditions for walking. Average temperatures range from 10-15°C (70°F) in the winter to 25-30 °C (77 °F) in the summer months. The inland regions are always slightly cooler than Cascais due to the higher elevations.

Getting to the Start

Lisbon Airport is easily accessed by direct flights from across the UK, Europe and several cities in the US. Major airlines who fly there include American Airlines, TAP, British Airways, Easyjet and Ryanair amongst others.

If you are travelling to Lisbon from elsewhere in Portugal or Spain, it is also easily accessed by rail. View rail timetables at the Comboios de Portugal website.  

Getting from the End

Transfers are not included on the final day. It is very easy to get between Cascais and Lisbon Airport by public transport. You can take the train to Casa do Sodre station in Lisbon (40min), and then catch the bus to the airport (20min).

Baggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation, giving you the freedom to walk each day with just a day pack. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person. Please ensure that you do not bring more than one bag of 20kg as if this occurs, you may be asked to pay an additional fee for an extra bag.

General Information

The distances and ascents/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. 

Equipment

Please be prepared by packing all necessary items. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list, which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Sintra Day 2 Sintra Palaces and Monuments Loop Walk 6 miles / 10 km Day 3 Transfer to Monserrate Palace, walk to Praia Grande 9 miles / 14.5 km Day 4 Walk to Azoia 8 miles / 13 km Day 5 Loop walk from Azoia 6 miles / 10 km Day 6 Walk to Cascais 10 miles / 16 km Day 7 Onward Travel

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