Santa Cruz near Lisbon

Lisbon & Sintra In Style

Walk through the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, from the rugged Atlantic coast at Santa Cruz, with views over golden sandy beaches, to the inland wooded trails of Sintra, renowned for its exquisite palaces, castles, monasteries, and lush tropical gardens. Continue along clifftop trails to the much-loved seaside town of Cascais, feasting on fresh seafood and wine along the way, before finishing at Portugal's vibrant capital city, Lisbon. Portugal is never short on fascinating culture and spellbinding beauty, and to enhance your experience, we've hand-selected 5-star hotels bursting with character; from a clifftop eco-conscious beach retreat overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, to an 18th century palace hidden in the mountainside. 

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Hiking route · Portugal
Vimeiro to Santa Cruz
Difficulty moderate
Distance 8.3 km
Duration 3:15 h
Ascent 94 m
Descent 56 m

Hike from the inland village of Vimeiro towards the coast, along the riverside before reaching impressive beaches.

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Hiking route · Portugal
Colares to Sintra
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 13.2 km
Duration 5:25 h
Ascent 632 m
Descent 401 m

Forest trails lead you to Monserrate Palace, before a beautiful descent into Sintra.

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Hiking route · Portugal
Circular Sintra hike
Difficulty moderate
Distance 12.3 km
Duration 5:00 h
Ascent 436 m
Descent 436 m

Take in the regal palaces, castles and monasteries of Sintra on a fabulous circular hike through the surrounding emerald green landscape. 

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Difficulty easy
Distance 8.1 km
Duration 3:00 h
Ascent 325 m
Descent 325 m

Take in the regal palaces, castles and monasteries of Sintra on a fabulous circular hike through the surrounding emerald green landscape. 

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Hiking route · Portugal
Capuchos to Praia Grande
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 15 km
Duration 5:30 h
Ascent 285 m
Descent 595 m

Start the day at Convento dos Capuchos before hiking through the woods of the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, finishing at the sea.

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Hiking route · Portugal
Peninha to Cascais
Difficulty moderate
Distance 18.3 km
Duration 5:30 h
Ascent 73 m
Descent 517 m

Start at the Peninha Sanctuary in the forest and hike towards the sea, taking in the rugged and rocky coastline.

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