Discover the historic delights of Sintra, the UNESCO World Heritage Site that sits in the foothills of the Sintra Mountains where Moorish- and Manueline-style architecture comes together to form the impressive Sintra National Palace. Our Adventure of the Week, Sintra Coastal & Heritage Trails follows stunning inland and coastal trails through the Sintra-Cascais National Park.
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Begin this Portuguese adventure in the beautiful seaside town of Cascais, only 30km from Lisbon, the included transfer from Lisbon Airport should give you plenty of time to explore the town’s trio of bays and picturesque old town before settling down for fresh seafood in the evening. If you don’t have time in the evening there is some time to explore Cascais in the morning before taking a short transfer to Guincho beach, from where you walk along the rugged Portuguese coastline before reaching your base for the next couple of nights, a converted convent dating back to the 13th century.
Setting off from the Sâo Saturnino Convent you enjoy some scenic coastal walking on the way to Europe’s westernmost point, Cabo da Roca, the rocky promontory was once thought to be the edge of the world. Continue along the coast past the beaches of Ursa and Adraga before turning inland and passing through a scented pine forest on the approach to your next accommodation in Colares. From your peaceful base in the village of Colares, slap bang in the middle of the Sintra-Cascais National Park, there are a number of walks to enjoy in the Sintra hills. The highlight of which is the walk around the Monserrate Palace, a Neo-Gothic mansion built in the 18th century and surrounded by landscaped gardens and tropical plants. Your final few nights in Portugal are spent exploring the area around the town of Sintra, where lavish building projects made Sintra the centre of European Romantic architecture in the 19th century and led to the area being designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.
74km over the course of 6 days of walking.
We grade this tour easy to moderate with average daily distances and a few steep ascents/descents.
On arrival in Lisbon a transfer is included to your hotel. The journey from the airport to Cascais takes around 30 minutes.
Lisbon Airport is served by many airlines, including TAP Portugal, BA, Air France, easyJet and Flybe.
On departure you will need to make your way from Sintra to Lisbon Airport. A taxi will cost around €50 and takes around 30 minutes. Alternatively you can take a train from Sintra to Lisbon Rossio Station (they depart every 15 minutes and the journey takes about 45 minutes). From here you can take an airport shuttle bus to Lisbon Airport. They leave approximately every 30 minutes and the journey takes around 20 minutes – more information can be found on the Airport Shuttle website.
If you are interested in our range of walking holidays and cycling holidays in Portugal or would like to enquire about the Sintra Coastal & Heritage Trails self guided walking tour, contact a member of the team on [email protected].