Arrival in Cascais
Today you will arrive in Cascais to start on your hiking route along the Sintra Coast. You will need to take your transfer which is included from Lisbon Airport to your first accommodation.
Once there, we recommend you take your first steps through its old town and start enjoying Portuguese culture. And with this we mean, of course, to enjoy also some of its typical dishes to start your trip well.
From Playa Guincho to Azóia
Today you will have a transfer included, which will be very short, from your hotel to Guincho Beach, where you will start walking. During your day you will have a lot of time to discover and explore this beach thanks to the short and very simple route.
You will begin to walk across the dunes and then cross over the beach. You will continue walking through a valley that surrounds the coast, until you reach the old Convent of San Saturnino, once a sacred place that currently serves as accommodation.
Length: Free Walk
Circular route in Azóia
Today you will go to the well-known 'Monte da Lua', (or 'Moon Hill'), where you will delight in its green trails and its old mansions, including Chalet da Condessa or Vila Sassetti.
You will arrive at the Peninha Sanctuary, inside the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, from where you will start to descend, enjoying the view of stunning Atlantic Ocean trails, until you return to your accommodation.
Length: 10 km
From Azóia to Colares
From the beginning of your day, you will have the opportunity to observe the cliffs that you will pass over today. You will reach Cape Roca, the most westerly point of the European continent.
You will walk to the stunning beaches of Ursa and Adraga. There, we suggest you enjoy a little more of the Portuguese gastronomy. You won't regret it. Continue through pine forests towards Almoageme and finally to your destination today.
Length: 15 km
Circular route in Colares
Enjoy a circular route that will take you to the Sintra Hills, where you will have the opportunity to visit the spectacular Capuchin Convent. Walk through its corridors, kitchens and chapels that will transport you back to the austere life of the monks who once inhabited it.
You will then go down to Colares, where we suggest you take part in a wine tasting.
Length: 15 km
From Colares to Sintra
Your destination today, the city of Sintra, was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1995. To get there, you will have to walk again through the hills and forests of Sintra until you reach the mansion known as the Monserrate Palace, surrounded by gardens that you will fall in love with. Its interior also has a very particular decoration.
Length: 13 km
Circular route in Sintra
Today you start your last day hiking getting to know a little more about the villages around Sintra with all their castles and ancient palaces, many of them built around the 13th century.
You will pass through some of the most important monuments in Sintra, Castillo Morisco and Palacio de Pena, both at the top of the hill. Their architecture and striking colours in the gardens will delight you. Remember that you can climb up to Cruz Alta, the highest point on the hill.
Length: 9 km
Return from Sintra
Today you will have to return from Sintra to Lisbon Airport, from where you will take your flight back to your home city*. If you would like us to arrange this transfer, please ask us at the time of making your booking.
*Remember that when you book your circuit, you can ask us to book additional hotel nights for the days after the end of your circuit to extend your stay in one of the municipalities on the Sintra Coast Hiking route.
End of our services.
All the rooms you will find on this hiking trail have a private bathroom and all the necessary services to ensure good comfort.
Our team checks on site the quality of all the accommodation offered in order for all travellers to have an adventure experience always accompanied by nights of absolute rest.
When working with quality accommodations with limited capacity, the exact name of the location will be provided 30 days before the start of the trip.
All our accommodation is subject to availability. In case we can't offer you any of them for reasons of capacity, we'll accommodate you in one of equal or better quality.
Single rooms are available subject to availability. Reservations must be made in advance and come at an additional cost.
Where am I going to stay?
All our accommodation has been selected to ensure tranquillity, rest and enjoyment along your hiking trail:
Accomodation in Vila Galé Cascais - Cascais
Accomodation in Sâo Saturnino Convent - Azóia
Accomodation in Sarrazola Garden - Colares
Accomodation in Tivoli Sintra Hotel - Sintra
Accommodation in hotels, country cottages and an old convent.
Rooms with private bathroom.
Meal plan of your choice.
Complete itinerary of your trekking route in the Sintra Coast.
24 hours Telephone assistance on route.
Baggage transfers according to your itinerary.
Transfer from Lisbon Airport to your first hotel.
Additional single room: to consult.
Extra nights (breakfast included): to consult.
Transfer from your last hotel to Lisbon Airport: to consult.
Travel assistance insurance: 3€ per person and day.
Cancellation insurance: 3€ per person and day.
This route can be done throughout the whole year.
This route accommodates single travellers.
In order to resolve our travellers' doubts, we answer, to follow, the most frequently asked questions when we receive inquiries about our hiking trails.
If you have any other questions, you can contact us and we will be happy to help you resolve all your doubts.
What is the best time of year to travel on this route?
This route can be done throughout the whole year.
How do I get to the starting point?
To start your Walking Holiday along the Sintra Coast, we suggest that you take a flight to Lisbon Airport, from where you have an included transfer that will take you to your first accommodation in Cascais.
When you finish your trip in Sintra, if you want to return to Lisbon airport to take your return flight, let us know in advance and we can manage the additional private transfer.
Can I travel alone?
Yes, you can. On most of our hiking trails we offer accommodation in single rooms if the traveller requires it. Single rooms have a special surcharge and are subject to availability.
This hiking trail is suitable for solo travellers, so you won't have any problems if you're on your own.
When can I start my trail?
You can start your hiking trail any day of the year according to the specifications of your itinerary.
Does this route have an accompanying guide?
All our hiking trails are completed in self-guided mode. Thus, each traveller has the opportunity to advance on their own and at their own pace for each of the routes marked during the full route itinerary.
What does the full route itinerary contain?
The route's complete itinerary is a guide we prepare for you with information on the maps, routes and sights of each hiking route.
You will receive it by email one month before starting the trip along with all the documentation of the trip: accommodation reservations, luggage transfers, among others.
The kilometres of travel and the journey times indicated for our hiking trips are reference values.
It will depend on each walker the fulfilment of these times and distances, according to the speed at which they advance.
What should I consider to prepare physically?
Both sedentary people and those who regularly exercise should physically prepare for any of our hiking trails.
Sedentary people can start with moderate activity and continue progressively. They should start by taking small 20-minute walks, two or three times a week. It is suggested to increase the time until you reach walk about 4 or 5 kilometres every hour.
People with regular physical activity can start by walking from 45 to 60 minutes a day and increase the amount of time and kilometres they travel in the same span of time.
Generally, it is recommended to start training about three months before starting the route.
How far in advance should I make the reservation?
There is no minimum number of days in advance to book, although on certain dates the occupancy of the accommodation is higher, especially in high season.
Therefore, in order to guarantee availability in the best accommodation, we suggest you book as much in advance as possible, so that we can meet all your needs.
What clothes and hiking equipment are indispensable?
For any of our routes we suggest you to bring the following items: light and fast drying clothing, waterproof jacket and trousers, sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, a pair of shoes suitable for hiking, trekking poles, a pair of shoes to rest in, a jacket that doesn't take up much space and a bottle to carry water.
Depending on the time of year in which you make the route, these items may vary.
Remember that with Santiago Ways, you have included a baggage transfer service between stages, so we will take your backpack from one accommodation to another so that you only worry about walking (maximum 1 piece of 20 kg per person).
For this reason, we suggest you prepare a second backpack, much smaller, that you can carry with you every day with water, sunscreen, cap, sunglasses, documents, some food and cash.
How does the baggage transfer work between stages?
Every day, at 8:00 am, you must bring your luggage, properly labelled, to the reception. One of our carriers will pick it up and take it to the place where you are going to stay on your next stage.
Delivery time varies according to the distance between stages and the carrier's delivery route. Usually, delivery is made before 4 p.m.
Please note that on many routes you sleep more than one night in the same accommodation, so the baggage transfer will not be necessary in these cases.
Should I take out travel insurance?
To make any of our hiking trails it is advisable to have travel insurance with all the necessary coverage, especially emergency evacuation and medical care.
To do this, we suggest you take out the Travel Assistance Insurance and Cancellation Insurance that we offer you in Santiago Ways. If you want more information about it, we will be happy to answer your questions.
Do all rooms have a private bathroom?
Yes, all rooms you book for hiking trails with Santiago Ways have a private bathroom.
Can I sleep alone in a room?
Yes. We offer accommodation in single rooms and double rooms, according to the requirements of each traveller.
Single rooms have a special surcharge and are subject to availability.
When do you tell me which hotels I'm going to sleep in?
We work with multiple accommodations in all locations which allows us to guarantee the best quality rooms for our travellers, provided that they are booked well in advance.
The name and exact location of each hotel is sent about one month before the start of the trip.
Am I going to share a room with strangers?
No. All the accommodations we book for our travellers have private rooms with private bathrooms in order to guarantee all the comfort and comfort they need to rest properly.
Is the accommodation close to the route I need to follow?
All the accommodation we book is located in the centre of the villages. In any case, depending on availability, if any accommodation is quite far from the centre, they are all accessible on foot.
When necessary, Santiago Ways will offer a transfer to the traveller so that they can reach their accommodation in the most comfortable way possible.
What kind of accommodation do you book?
All the accommodation we book in Santiago Ways offer the necessary comfort to rest after long days of walking. We have partnerships with hotels, country houses, mountain retreats and charming farm stays, always with a room and a private bathroom.