Outdoors – SINTRA
“Do your homework. If you’ve never been to Portugal before, you need to determine what you want to see and do, and what region or regions you want to visit.”
Between the Sintra Mountain and the sea, you will find yourself in a protected area, the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park.
The ever cool microclimate affords outdoor activities all year round, an excellent way to discover this World Heritage landscape.
Cyclists have a huge challenge: going up the mountain to get to the superb Pena Palace. It is a ride that puts your legs and breath to the test, and is a reminder that Sintra has often been part of the Cycling Tour of Portugal which is held every year.
To overcome your own limits, there are places with good conditions for climbing. Pedra Amarela and Penedo da Amizade are known for their degree of difficulty, but the sensation of freedom as you reach the top is indescribable, offering the very best view over Sintra. On a clear day, the mountain is also an ideal place for paragliding and hang-gliding.
There’s no shortage of hiking trails or orientation routes to acquaint yourself with the mysteries of this landscape. Varying in length and dedicated to different themes, from nature to culture, they are suited to all degrees of difficulty. One of the most attractive runs between Praia Grande, where you can see a site with eleven dinosaur tracks and isolated footprints etched on the cliff, and Cabo da Roca, 100m above sea level.