Sintra Hiking, Trekking & Walking
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Nestled amidst the verdant hills and lush forests of Portugal lies the picturesque region of Sintra, a haven for walking and hiking enthusiasts. Renowned for its stunning natural beauty, Sintra offers an array of enchanting trails and pathways waiting to be explored. From leisurely strolls through ancient woodlands to challenging hikes along rugged coastlines, there's something for every level of adventurer.

Embark on a journey through history as you traverse the cobblestone streets of Sintra's charming villages and discover hidden treasures tucked away in the countryside. Immerse yourself in the region's rich cultural heritage as you encounter centuries-old castles, palaces, and ruins dotting the landscape.

With its mild climate and diverse terrain, Sintra provides the perfect setting for outdoor exploration year-round. Whether you're seeking panoramic vistas from high mountain peaks or tranquil moments beside cascading waterfalls, Sintra offers a myriad of opportunities to connect with nature and rejuvenate the soul.

Join us as we venture off the beaten path and uncover the natural wonders of Sintra, where every step is a journey of discovery and every trail leads to adventure.

PR 1 – Santa Maria

1.9km (1.2 mi) | 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

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

These circular routes start at the Largo Rainha Dª Amélia in front of the National Palace of Sintra. They ascend up through the wooded 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. Thereafter the route forks; the PR2 will take you to the Moorish Castle and the PR 3 to the Pena Palace.

PR 4 – Seteais

3.5km (2.2 mi) | 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, past the tourist office, clock tower and the 12th century Igreja de S. Martinho church. Leaving 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 that 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. Sample the renowned Ginjinha. Get to know Sintra's Moorish Castle, the Sintra National Palace, Pena Palace, Quinta da Regaleira and Palácio de Seteais. Enrich your tour to Sintra with visits to the palaces of your choice and return to Lisbon by train.

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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

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

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

PR6 - Capuchos

9km (5.6 mi) | 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 the beautiful countryside that passes 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

10km (5.7 mi) | 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 that passes 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 footprints. Although the cliffs are tall in places, the path itself doesn't have any steep inlines. The route back takes you through the traditional villages of Almoçageme and Ulgueira, pine forests and orchards.

PR 8 - Vinho de Colares

14km (8.6 mi) | 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, for the most, flat and winds its way through pine forests and follows the line of the coast passed the Adega Visconde Salreu winery before reaching the villages of Fontanelas and Gouveia. En-route 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

13.5km (8.3 mi) | 3.5hr | Easy

Meaning the "route of the villages", it both starts and ends at the Largo do Coreto, in São João das Lampas, at 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 in addition to 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

5.9km (3.6 mi) | 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 car park, the route heads north through dense shrub and windswept trees to the so-called Anta de Adrenunes. This arrangement of rocks resembles a Megalithic dolmen. 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.

PR 11 – Monge

4.9km (18.5 miles) | 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.

GR11 - Caminho do Atlântico

29.7km (3.6 mile) | 2.5hr | Medium

The GR11 (Grande Route) is part of the Atlantic Way that, 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.