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Palaces & Pathways of Sintra

From dramatic coast to hill-top splendour
 
This Holiday in a nutshell
  • self-guided hotel-to-hotel walking, luggage transported
  • gentle to moderate routes, glorious coastal views
  • unique cultural and historical sights, with time to visit
  • accommodation of character

Not far from Lisbon, the hills and coastline of historic Sintra are a remarkable national treasure. Rising from rugged cliffs, a succession of hilltops are capped by luxuriant vegetation, and it is amid this bucolic landscape that the old Portuguese aristocracy built their ornate summer palaces and enriched the area’s natural beauty with exuberant gardens.

Cintra... the most blessed spot on the whole inhabitable globe!
     
Robert Southey (English poet, 1714-1843)

Our delightful route meanders along the spectacular coast, passing wide bays of golden sand and rugged headlands once thought to be the ends of the Earth. Sweeping inland through rolling wooded hills and unassuming vineyards, you arrive amid the grandeur of Sintra and its amazing architectural heritage. Featuring accommodation of real character, this holiday is as much about delving into the region’s rich past, culture and cuisine, as it is about exploring its gentle landscapes.

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