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Sintra to Cascais walking trip
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PTSW040
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Sintra to Cascais walking trip

Sintra to Cascais walking trip

Palaces and sandy beaches in Portugal

  • Visit the most popular summer residence for the families of Portuguese rulers and noblemen
  • Extravagant palaces, manor houses and gardens declared UNESCO world heritage site
  • Easy walks in coastal trails

 

PTSWS40-Sintra to Cascais walking tour map
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Route

Start: Sintra                                Finish: Cascais

Day 1: Arrival in Sintra
Day 2: Sintra palaces (9 km)
Day 3: From Convento dos Capuchos to Azoia (11,5 km)
Day 4: Sintra Manor Houses (4,5km / 7km)
Day 5: Sintra - Praia Grande (15 km)
Day 6: Circular route Praia Grande (11,3 or 12,6 km)
Day 7: Azoia - Guincho (- Cascais) (8 or 17,5km)
Day 8: End of programme

Day 1:    Arrival in Sintra

Your first accommodation when you arrive to Sintra is a family run business just outside Sintra’s town centre that has a quiet terrace with splendid views of the town and hills and is conveniently located opposite the train station and with a few restaurants nearby.

 

Day 2:    Sintra palaces (9 km)

Walking tour which takes in the three most prominent monuments of Sintra: Castelo de Mouro, Palacio da Pena and the Palacio Nacional. You start with a steep ascent to the Moorish castle and the colourful dream palace of King Ferdinand, followed by a walk on the vast palace grounds and finally a steep descent via Vila Sasseti to the town centre of Sintra, where the National Palace stands.

Challenge: 9km, 4,5 hours, 475 m ascent/descent

Day 3:    From Convento dos Capuchos to Azoia (11,5 km)

Today you leave the crowds behind with a transfer to the Convento dos Capuchos, a classic example of an austere 16th-century Franciscan monastery which you can visit before starting off. Your walking route leads you through mystical Mediterranean woodlands past hillside menhirs and the shrine dedicated to the Virgin Mary of Peninha. Then you descend to Azoia and get the bus back to Sintra.

 Challenge: 11,5 km,  5 hours, 425m ascent, 500m descent

Day 4:    Sintra Manor Houses (4,5km / 7km)

In the 19th and early 20th centuries a Romantic wind blowing through Europe was strongly felt in Sintra. Within a few square kilometres you will find extravagant palaces and mansions built by nobles and wealthy merchants, most of which are still occupied or in use as luxury hotels. 

Challenge: 4,5 km or 7 km,  2 or 3 hours + time used for visiting the palaces inside

Day 5:    Sintra - Praia Grande (15 km)

Today you leave the wealth and romance of Sintra behind as you walk north through fields, vineyards and pine forests toward the rugged coast. In the pretty fishing village of Azenha do Mar, you pick up the GR-11 and follow it south to the 1970’s hotel on "Praia Grande" in Arribas, with its huge saltwater pool.

Challenge: 15 km,  4,5-5 hours, 225 m ascent, 485m descent

Day 6:    Circular route Praia Grande (11,3 or 12,6 km)

From Hotel Arribas you take a long-distance walking path, the GR-11 "Costa Atlantica", going south along fishermen’s trails to reach the village of Ulgueira. Beautiful views of the Cabo de Roca -the westernmost point of the European continent- and nice sandy beach along the way. After a drink or ice cream at Casa Doña Maria in Ulgeira you return to Praia Grande via a different route which passes through the authentic village of Almoçageme

Challenge: 11,3 or 12,6km,  4,5-5 hours, 500 or 575 m ascent/descent

Day 7:    Azoia - Guincho (- Cascais) (8 or 17,5km)

Your last day of walking begins with a transfer to Azoia, where you pick up the GR-11 and follow it along the coast to the 17th-century fortress of "Fortaleza de Guincho", now a luxury hotel with views over Praia do Guincho. You can stop off part-way (after 8 km and approximately 2.5 to 3 hours walking) and take the bus directly to Cascais or walk an additional 9.5 km all the way to your hotel (footpath between the road and beach)

Challenge: 8 or 17,5km,  3 or 5 hours, 175 or 275 m ascent, 375 or 475 m descent

Day 8:    End of programme

After breakfast, you travel back to Lisbon by public transport (one hour) or private transfer

accommodation
Nova Sintra Hotel (Sintra)
Nova Sintra Hotel (Sintra)

Hotel founded in 1946 by Mário Bernardo & Etelvina Bernardo, their descendants have followed the tradition and now manage this beautiful establishment that was renovated in 1998.

www.novasintra.com

Arribas Sintra Hotel_Praia Grande
Arribas Sintra Hotel (Colares)

This hotel is located by the sea, in a high-end neighbourhood in Sintra. All rooms have extraordainary views to the sea. With a restaurant and a swimming pool. 

www.arribashotel.com

Hotel Baía (Cascais)
Hotel Baía (Cascais)

Family-run hotel, located on the seaside, with the Sintra range as a background. With a restaurant and a terrace that offers views to the Sintra bay, near the town centre of the lively Cascais.

www.hotelbaia.com

practical info

Nearest airports to Sintra is Lisbon (LIS)

From Lisbon airport, it’s easy to reach Sintra by public transport (approximately one hour), but we can also book a private taxi transfer for you, to your accommodation 

included

Included

  • accommodation for 7 nights
  • all breakfasts (buffet-style)
  • luggage transport on Days 5 and 7
  • transfers according to programme
  • detailed route descriptions in English
  • detailed S-cape maps of the walks, including GPS tracks and waypoints
  • 24-hour assistance by phone

Not included

  • flights 
  • travel insurance
  • personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • any items not specifically mentioned in the program

Extras 

  • extra nights at either of the standard accommodations
  • private transfers from/to the airport
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