10 Best Activities of Sintra

10 ways to enjoy Sintra to the full and maximise your enjoyment.

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Portugal has been a draw for golfers for decades and the Sintra area is home to some of the best courses in Portugal. There's amenities to suit players of all capabilities. Sintra's diverse topography and stunning views both challenges and delights beginners and professionals alike. SIntra offers a number of great resorts and accommodation to cater for your needs as well as many other close by attractions to tempt you away from the fairways.
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Play golf in SIntra

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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. There are a number of well marked trails vary in terrain, length and difficulty.
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Walking in Sintra

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Sintra is a deep treasure chest of museums and galleries. Dive into Sintra's mystical past and explore the towns transcendental side at the Sintra Myths and Legends Interpretative Centre. Sintra has always been a draw for artists, writers and poets and works can be viewed at the Anjos Teixeira Museum, the MU.SA Art Museum, the Leal de Câmara Museum or the Ferreira de Castro Museum. For budding aeronauts there is the Air Museum and for the Indiana Jones' there's the facinating Archaeological Museum.

Museums of Sintra

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Portuguese cuisine has yet to find it's way onto the global scene but for those familiar with what is found on the menus of Portugal dinning out is almost always a very pleasurable experience. The gastronomy found at Sintra is as varied as it is all across Portugal. The secret of Portuguese cooking is using the finest and freshest ingredients. Some restaurants will only adhere to age old traditional recipes where as others dare to innovate - in either case you won't leave feeling hungry. Portuguese portions are as large as the smiles offered by jovial waiters.
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Cuisine of Sintra

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Whilst cycling up Sintra's steep winding roads can be challenging even to a pro electric bikes are perfectly suited to making the hilly Sintra region accessible to all active travellers. Park E Bike offers bike rental for those who need their independence and also a series of guided tours for those who look for a more insightful experience shared with others. Pick up your e-bike at their office only five minutes on foot from Sintra Portela Train Station. If you are staying in Sintra, they can deliver your e-bikes to your hotel or accommodation.
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Cycling in Sintra

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The Colares wine region located around Sintra is one of the worlds oldest producing areas if not one of the strangest. The art of making wine was first introduced here by the Romans when they occupied the region. The vines are planted in the sand dunes which follow the coast, trained low to avoid the Atlantic winds. This challenging terrain proved too harsh for the phylloxera louse which devastated nearly all of Europes vines in 19th century and the shortage of competitors led to a boom in the popularity of Colares wines.
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Wine Tasting in Sintra

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The waves which have continually battered and shaped this dramatic coastline for millennia provide excellent and consistent conditions for some of the best surfing in Europe. The two resorts of Praia das Macas and Praia Grande offer great facilities for visiting wave jockeys where as dozens of smaller coves and other smaller beaches offer a more secluded experience. The reliable strong currents and beaches waves found here makes the Cascais-Sintra cost the location of choice for national and international surf and bodyboard championships. Coupled with the close proximity to Lisbon, the surrounding beauty of the UNESCO Natural Parque of Sintra - Cascais and the charming town of Sintra a short distance away, all make this area the perfect location for a surfing holiday.

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Surfing in Sintra

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Sintra's vintage tramway resumed it's seasonal weekend service from the centre of Sintra, close to the the Museu de Arte Moderna, to Praia das Maças on the coast. This rickety old tram squeaks and judders a seven mile (11.5km) picturesque route up and over the Parque Natural de Sintra-Cascais, passing through Colares and Banzão along the way. Bones are shaken for about 45-50 minutes before reaching the final destination.
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Sintra's Old Tram

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The Atlantic coastline close to Sintra is mainland Europe's most westerly point. Over millennia countless waves have battered and shaped the landscape into dramatic rock formations and secluded coves. The beaches here are some of the most beautiful in Europe. Although sometimes a little treacherous for swimming the beaches are mostly protected from sea breezes by tall cliffs, making perfect sunbathing conditions. The beaches here are well maintained with plenty of amenities to suit all members of the family.
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Sunbathing on the Sintra Coast

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Savour the charm of Portugal's mountainside from a contemporary spa in Sintra, tucked into the grounds of an 18th century palace. Welcome to Anantara Spa Tivoli Palácio de Seteais, a tranquil oasis at the Seteais spa hotel, hidden between exotic gardens and mountain. Pampering treatments fit for royalty are offered in three treatment rooms, including one for couples. Here lush indulgences are combined with restorative holistic awakenings, from innovative Vichy shower therapy to all-natural Biologique Recherche products. Allow mind, body and spirit to bond amidst nature at Tivoli Palácio de Seteais as you drink up fresh alpine air and idyllic forest surrounds.

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