Sintra to Cascais walking trip
- 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
Located in the cool hills north of Lisbon and very close to the Atlantic Ocean, Sintra was for years a popular summer residence for the families of Portuguese rulers and noblemen. Several extravagant palaces and manor houses were built in the area, all in remarkable styles and colours. Together these unique homes and gardens form a “cultural landscape” and UNESCO world heritage site. On this easy walking and cultural holiday, you will have a chance to visit the famous landmarks in the Sintra Hills - also known as the Moon Hills - and enjoy the coastal trails in the area West of Cascais, while staying at one cosy family hotel and two renovated 1970s beach hotels.
Most of the walks are designed to take in the monuments in the morning, when it is still quiet and you can walk through relatively "quickly" before the crowds appear. Then you “head for the hills” for peaceful walks on dirt trails and woodland tracks. You can also choose to see the monuments just from the outside, then decide whether you wish to return (by bus) later in the day. After five days, you leave the palaces behind and head for the Atlantic Ocean, where you will follow coastal trails down to the westernmost cape of the European continent, ending up in the fishermen’s town of Cascais – just one hour from Lisbon by public transport