No words can adequately describe this fascinating and seductive corner of Portugal. Referred to as “Beautiful Eden”, by Lord Byron in the 19th Century, Sintra is now classified as a World Heritage Site. Consisting of a huge rocky outcrop that was thrust up from the earth’s crust millions of years ago, the Serra da Sintra is approximately 10 kilometers long and rises dramatically between Mafra to the North and The Lisbon Coast to the South. It projects into the Atlantic Ocean forming the most Westerly point in Europe, “Cabo da Roca”.
Throughout the centuries, this magical terrain has been home to Royal and Noble families and is littered with grand palaces and castles for all to see. The Old Town of Sintra is constructed in the medieval style, with narrow streets and winding steps leading to numerous restaurants, cafes and bars that attract tourists all year round.
Day 1: You will be met at Lisbon Airport and transferred to your chosen Hotel accommodation to check in and join a group meeting later in the evening.
Day 2: Atlantic Trails - Our ride commences with stunning ocean views from cliff top trails along the Atlantic Coast, passing through traditional villages and spectacular scenery. The day ends with a well deserved picnic lunch.
Day 3: Woodland Wonders - We start the day in the picturesque village of Colares and follow the ancient trails over the mountain and up to the centuries old Capuchos Convent for a picnic lunch.
Day 4: Free Day - A day to visit the area, sit around the pool, lay on one of the beaches, or explore Lisbon.
Day 5: Discovery Trail - The starting point for this ride is the beach of Praia Grande (Big Beach). We follow cliff top trails South to Cabo da Roca (The westernmost point in Continental Europe). Continuing South we follow a single track all the way down to Guincho surf beach. Moving on back to the mountain, we arrive at a beautiful Blue Lagoon for our picnic lunch.
Day 6: Rolling Hills - We will find ourselves riding through picturesque countryside to the town of Mafra, where the vast Convent/Palace can be seen.
Day 7: Democracy Day - The group will decide amongst themselves which ride they wish to take on the last day.
Day 8: Departure - Transfer from Hotel to Lisbon Portela Airport.
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