Sintra Hiking, Trekking & Walking
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HIKING, TREKKING & WALKING

There's a number of wonderful walking routes found within the Sintra/Cascais area which offers the more adventurous visitor an increased intimate way of experiencing the natural beauty of the region and feel the landscapes under foot. These well marked trails vary in terrain, length and difficulty.

PR 1 – Santa Maria

1.2 miles (1.9km) | 1hr | Easy. Slight Incline

This short circular route starts at the Largo Rainha Dª Amélia in front of the National Palace of Sintra in the old town centre. On the way to the 12th century church of Igreja de Santa Maria you'll pass the Miradouro da Ferraria viewpoint, the Fonte da Sabuga medieval fountain and the Parque da Liberdade. The Igreja de Santa Maria church was commissioned by the first king of Portugal, Dom. Afonso Henriques yet has seen many alterations and renovations since. Today it's a triple naved Gothic-Romanesque construction with ogival arches and finely worked capitals and a rare example of churches dating from the Middle Ages.

PR 2 – Pena & PR 3 – Castelo

2.8 miles (4.5km) | 2.5hr | Moderate. Steep

These circular routes starts at the Largo Rainha Dª Amélia in front of the National Palace of Sintra and ascend through the woodland up the mountain passing along the way the Miradouro da Ferraria viewpoint, the Fonte da Sabuga fountain, the Igreja de Santa Maria church, the Casa do Adro (the house where Hans Christian Andersen lived in 1866), Convento da Santíssima Trindade (a 14th century convent), Capela de São Pedro de Penaferrim (a 12th century chapel) and Álea Ferreira de Castro, where the writer Ferreira de Castro (1898-1974)is buried. There after the route forks; the PR2 will take you to the Moorish Castle and the PR 3 to the Pena Palace.

PR 4 – Seteais

2.2 miles (3.5km) | 1.5hr | Moderate. Steep

This circular route starts at the Largo Rainha Dª Amélia in front of the National Palace of Sintra in the old town centre. The route continues through the old town, passed the tourist office, clock tower and the 12th century Igreja de S. Martinho church. As you leave the old town you will pass the Lawrence's Hotel, the Ferreira de Castro museum, the Fonte dos Pisões fountain, Quinta da Regaleira before arriving at the 18th Century Hotel Palácio de Seteais and the Fonte da Pipa fountain.
Local legend proclaims the name Seteais is derived from people calling out "Aye" on the road which would then echo seven times – "Sete-Ais.

Guided Sintra Walking Tour

Guided Sintra Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in the alleys of the picturesque UNESCO old town of Sintra and enjoy the famous pastries travesseiros and queijadas and sample the renowned ginjinha. Get to know Sintra's Moorish Castle, Sintra National Palace, Pena Palace, Quinta da Regaleira and Palácio de Seteais. Enrich your tour to Sintra with a visit to the palaces of your choice and return to Lisbon on one of the trains every 40 minutes.

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The Hans Christian Andersen Walking Tour

The Hans Christian Andersen Walking Tour

Walk and feel the places where Hans Christian Andersen walked and which things in Sintra were different at the time through the eyes of the Historian Miguel Boim. Hear about the beliefs and such people in Sintra shared when Andersen visited it. Discover how life in society was back then and who Andersen encountered in Sintra.


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Private Night Walk: Sintra, Dreams in the Woods

Night Walk: Sintra, Dreams in the Woods

Seize the Sintra Mountains from History with the power of your imagination. Get to know interesting historic facts through the eyes and words of a reputed Historian whilst you're guided around the village and into the dark of the mountain. Experience the mysterious aura that surrounds Sintra's History. Discover European medieval beliefs in Sintra's History.

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PR 5 – Quintas

1.5 mile (2.3km) | 1.5hr | Easy: Slight Inclines

As with other hiking routes the PR5 starts outside the National Palace and follows the PR4 route until Quinta da Regaleira where it branches off to the right passing the Quinta do Relógio. Other estate houses along route include the Quinta do Castanheiro and then joins the Castanhais route to return to Sintra Old Town.



PR6 - Capuchos

5.6 miles (9km) | 3.5hr | Medium

This medium circular route starts at the damn on the river Mula (Barragem do Rio da Mula - 38°45'49 N | 9°25'19 W, Rua Alcabideche) 6.2 miles (10km) South of National Palace of Sintra where there's parking space for your car. The route takes you to the Capuchos Convent along the southern slopes of the Sintra mountain range through beautiful countryside passing the Memorial of the soldiers who perished fighting the great fire of 1966 and the Yellow Rock (Pedra Amarela) boulder formation along the way.

PR 7 – Cabo da Roca

5.7 miles (10km) | 3hr | Medium

Starting at the Cabo da Rocha this route follows the line of cliffs along this impressive coastline of the Sintra-Cascais National Park passing the spectacular viewpoints such as Pedra de Alvidrar and Buraco do Fojo. En route you will encounter the Praia da Adraga and Praia Grande with it's dinosaur foot prints. Although the cliffs are tall in places the path itself doesn't not have any steep inlines. The route back takes you through the traditional villages of Almoçageme and Ulgueira, pine forests and orchards.

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PR 8 - Vinho de Colares

8.6 mile (14km) | 3.5hr | Medium

The route starts at the Adega Regional de Colares, the Colares Regional Winery on the EN 375 in Colares. This circular trail is mostly flat and winds its way though pine forests and follows the line of the coast passed the Adega Visconde Salreu winery before reaching the villages of Fontanelas and Gouveia. Along the way you'll experience the rural countryside or the so called saloia region, the ancient sandy vineyards, the fishing village of Azenhas do Mar and the circular chapel of Janas.


PR 9 - Rota das Aldeias

8.3 mile (13.5km) | 3.5hr | Easy

This is the route of the villages which starts and ends at the Largo do Coreto in São João das Lampas towards the northern end of the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park. The route cuts through the regions agricultural landscape dotted by small farmsteads and pastures separated by dry stone walls and hedges, interspersed with pine forests. Here age old rural traditions live on and thrive. Some of the roads hereabouts are of Roman origin as well as the Roman bridge at Catribana (Ponte Romana da Catribana). See first hand the medieval São João das Lampas church, quaint roadside fountains and traditional windmills.

PR 10 - Peninha

3.6 mile (5.9km) | 2.5hr | Medium

Starting at the Peninha Sanctuary itself, perched of a assemblage of rounded boulders, it's a place of wonder and ancient worship. From the carpark the route heads north through dense shrub and wind swept trees to the so called Anta de Adrenunes. This arrangement of rocks resembles a Megalithic dolmen however the jury is still out over if it really is an ancient structure of a natural feature. Along the way you'll also encounter the lighthouse at Cabo da Roca, the Pedra da Ursa and the valley of Adraga.




"IT"S NOT THE MOUNTAIN WE CONQUER, BUT OURSELVES" - EDMUND HILARY

Hiking through the Sintra/Cascais natural park is a sprit lifting way to experience the magic in the air and feel the region's natural wonders underfoot. Establish a connection with ancient myths and legends of the ancients and walk in their footsteps.

PR 11 – Monge

18.5 miles (4.9km) | 6.5hr | Medium

The trail begins at the 16th century Franciscan Capuchos Convent and runs along the top of the Sintra Mountain. It passes many sites along the way. Including the Soldiers memorial. Yellow Rock (Pedra Amarela) and the "Tholo do Monge", a prehistoric chambered tomb.




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GR11 - Caminho do Atlântico

3.6 mile (29.7km) | 2.5hr | Medium

The GR11 (Grand Route) is part of the Atlantic Way which at this point runs through the Natural Park of Sintra-Cascais (PNSC). The rout starts at in the village of Ulgueira and finishes in São Miguel de Odrinhas and follows the coast traversing many of the seaside towns along the way such as Praia da Adraga, Praia Grande, Praia Pequena, Praia das Maçãs, Praia da Aguda until it reaches Praia do Magoito before the path turns inland. Once at São Miguel de Odrinhas you can visit the famous Archeological Museum and Roman villa.