7 days hike in two amazing Nature Parks around Lisbon
Lisbon is blessed by culture and nature. It is one of the oldest city in the world and the oldest in Western Europe, established long before London, Paris and Rome. Occupied since prehistory and successively by Celts, Romans, Visigoths and finally the Moors before the Christian´s reconquest, Lisbon region is the witness of a rich history that we will discover during a week hiking.
Lisbon is bordered by the Tagus River that flows into the Atlantic Ocean. The capital is also surrounded by two natural parks: Sintra-Cascais on the west coast and Arrábida, south of the Tagus river. It is in these two natural parks that we will hike during this trip.
After half a day in Lisbon, where we will visit the old neighborhoods and the banks of the Tagus, we will reach Sintra, magical place, spiritual retreat of the nobility and a large number of writers. It is also a cultural landscape recognized as UNESCO World Heritage. Our hikes in the Natural Park of Sintra Cascais will take us to the Castle of the Moors and Palace of Pena, rehabilitated by King Ferdinand II in the 19th century and a symbol of European Romanticism, but also to Cape Roca, the westernmost cape of the European continent and its Atlantic route at the top of the cliffs with breathtaking views.
After 3 days in Sintra, we will head south towards Arrábida Natural Park and discover its wild coastline and unspoiled Mediterranean landscape. Kayaking and trekking will allow you to discover the Park and its maritime reserve. We will walk in the footsteps of the Dinosaurs at Cape Espichel, kayak towards one of the most beautiful beaches of Portugal, Ribeiro do Cavalo, and might see some dolphins if we are lucky. We will visit the Arrábida convent, founded by the Franciscan order and place of contemplation until today.
We will return to Lisbon and visit Belém, its most western district which is also the stronghold of maritime discoveries, we will discover the testimonies of a glorious past, before we meet for a last dinner.
The trails that we hike are far from the beaten tracks, and even in the most tourist places like the Pena Palace, we will make sure to avoid the crowd. Most of the hikes are coastal hiking, wih a mix of good trails with more difficult passages, which is why it is a level 3.
Discover Lisbon Nature Parks during a 7 days hiking trip
Coastal hiking in the Nature Parks of Sintra-Cascais and Arrabida
A trip where history, culture and nature gather to offer you a unique discovery of the Lisbon region
The cultural landscape of Sintra is classified World Heritage by Unesco since 1995
Rural lodgings or small charming hotels as well as the best of the Portuguese gastronomy
Transfers from and to Lisbon city centre or airport.
All transports onsite
6 nights in rural accommodations of high quality
All meals from lunch of first day to breakfast of day 7
High quality accommodations and food
3 different lodgings during the stay
|NOT INCLUDED||Personal equipment
|23/06/2019 to 29/06/2019||Places available|
|29/09/2019 to 05/10/2019||Fully booked|
|06/10/2019 to 12/10/2019||Places available|
Discover the heart of Lisbon
Welcome to the enchanted Sintra
Europe westernmost Cape
From Peninha Sanctuary to Guincho Beach
Our walk begins in Peninha, literally a small Pena, an ancient shrine and pilgrimage site offering breath taking views of the nature park and surrounding area. We start our descent to the coast through a dense dark forest that gives us a magical feeling. The soil will soon turn ochre and then dark red when we get closer to Guincho beach. We will cross small villages towards Guincho, one of the most famous beaches for surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing because of strong and regular north winds.
You will spend the afternoon in Sintra, where you can choose to visit other palaces, take a walk, go shopping or just relax.
Cape to Arrabida Nature Park
Arrabida convent and maritime discoveries