- Visit and stay at Sintra UNESCO World Heritage
- The beautiful romantic architecture of Pena National Palace
- The beauty of Cascais / Sintra National Park
- Visit historic Castles and Palaces
- Tasty Portuguese fresh fish and wines
- Sintra famous “travesseiros”, a special crumbly almond pastry
- “Roca” Cape - the western-most point of Continental Europe
- Amazing “Guincho” beach
- Hiking along the stunning coast of Cascais / Sintra.
- Accommodation: Comfort (4* Hotels and Charming Guest Houses)
- Region of Portugal: Sintra / Cascais (coastal Hiking and walk by Sintra Heritage)
- Duration: 7 days / 6 nights / 4 days hiking
- Starts: Cascais (Lisbon Region)
- Ends: Sintra (Lisbon Region)
- Overall difficulty level: Intermediate (3-5h walking; medium elevation gain)
- Other: Optional hike on day 2, 4 and 5 to extend your day walking.
From Cascais we start hiking in Guincho Beach, one of the most famous wind-surf spots in the world. Overnight in a recovered convent on a valley sloping down to the sea, full of beauty and tranquility. Continue to the westernmost point on the European mainland, the headland of Roca Cape, a promontory rising 150m from the sea. Discover impressive beaches nestling between cliffs artistically sculpted out by the sea – a unique coastal scenery!
On third day explore typical village of Colares and hike through the exuberant vegetation of Sintra Sierra.
Visit the incredible Franciscan Capuchin Convent with its tiny cells, installed in the rock and lined with cork, a telling example of the humble and austere existence of the Franciscan friars who lived there. Finally arrive and discover Sintra, the beautiful town at the foot of a sierra. Their unique characteristics have led UNESCO to classify Sintra as a World heritage site with the special category of "cultural landscape" - taking into account its natural riches as well as the historic buildings in the town and the sierra endowed with luxuriant vegetation.
Hike trough this amazing scenery, going up on the mountain and finding the incredible Moorish Castle dating back to the early days of the Moorish occupation of the Peninsula - the 8th Century.
Hike and visit the outstanding Pena Palace finding a wild fantasy of domes, towers, ramparts and walkways on one of the highest mountain peaks of Sintra. Enjoy last day experiencing relaxing Sintra life style, going on a trip on the historic tramway or visiting other amazing places like Sintra national palace, unique amongst the royal mediaeval palaces in Portugal and the town’s most distinctive building.
Day 1: Arrival – Welcome at Lisbon airport and 45min drive to Cascais. You can enjoy the historic streets of Cascais and the fantastic bay. Briefing about the tour followed by dinner. Lodging in a 4* hotel in the beautiful city of Cascais standing by the sea.
Day 2: Guincho beach and the coast - 8km (5mi), level 3. Breakfast. Hiking starts at Guincho beach, a famous beach for Windsurf and Kitesurf. Hike along the beautiful and wild coast of Sintra-Cascais National Park. Picnic on the way. At the end you can optionally hike to Peninha Castle, one of the highest points in Sintra hills. Lodging and dinner on a recovered Convent full of history!
Day 3: Cape Roca - 12km (7mi), level 3 ( Beach). Breakfast. Hike along the coast passing through the westernmost point of Continental Europe. We follow the coastline with some amazing views over the cliffs and the sea. Picnic on the way. Dinner with the group. Lodging in a 3* hotel on the beach.
Day 4: From the sea to Sintra - 6km (4mi), level 3. Breakfast. Transfer to Colares. Hike Sintra hills to amazing Capuchin Convent built in 1560. Picnic and visit to the convent. Transfer to Sintra Village or optional hike to Sintra Village. Dinner with the group. Lodging in a 4* hotel in the center of Sintra.
Day 5: Castles and Palaces of world Heritage Sintra - 8km (5mi), level 3. Breakfast. Hike up from the village through paths and steps sided by stone walls and thick Mediterranean vegetation. At the top we visit the amazing Moorish Castle dated from the 8th or 9th century with awesome views and then Pena Palace which is the most complete and remarkable example of the Romantic architecture in Portugal. Return to Sintra. Same lodging of the previous day.
Day 6: Sintra Village - Free day. You can rest or visit other incredible monuments in Sintra, such as Sintra National Palace or “Quinta da Regaleira”. Another option is experiencing the historic Sintra Tramway. Same lodging of the previous day.
Day 7: Departure – After breakfast transfer to Lisbon airport - 45min drive.
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