Portugal – Cascais & the Sintra National Park

8 Days from £929 | September

Just a few miles west from the hustle and bustle of the city of Lisbon is a hilly, forested area stretching down to the coast which was a popular summer retreat for the rich and Royal families from the capital. As well as palaces, gardens and hermitages, there are traditional villages and towns making this a ‘cultural landscape’ worthy of a UNESCO World Heritage Site listing. From your base on the coast in Monte Estoril, you have three guided walks in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park. In your free time, you can relax in the seaside resorts of Estoril and Cascais or take the short train ride to enjoy the sights, sounds and flavours of Lisbon.

Portugal – Cascais & the Sintra National Park

New Holiday. Our Overall Holiday Satisfaction Score, as measured across all our holidays, up to August 2017 2016, was 90.5%*
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  • 7 nights hb Monte Estoril, with good access to Lisbon
  • 3 guided walks in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park
  • Visit to Cabo de Roca, mainland Europe's most westerly point

Day One: Flight to Lisbon. Thirty-minute transfer to your hotel in Monte Estoril for 7 nights’ half-board accommodation.

Days Two to Seven: Your hotel is in Monte Estoril between Estoril and Cascais, the two main resorts on the Lisbon Coast. Estoril, with its plush villas and Belle Epoque casino, is the more traditional of the two, while lively Cascais still retains some of its character as a traditional fishing town. They are connected by a seafront promenade and your hotel is a 20-minute walk from the centre of either resort or you can take the frequent local bus. There are plenty of shops and cafes close by, as is Monte Estoril train station from where there is a regular service to Lisbon. Everywhere you go in Lisbon you will find evidence of the city’s historic links with the Age of Discovery from where intrepid explorers opened up the sea-trading routes to India, Brazil, China and Japan in the15th century. Today, the city is a mix of old quarters such as the Alfama, a maze of steep cobbled streets, the wide avenues leading to the 18thcentury Rossio square and modern developments with fine shops. During your stay, you have three guided walks in the Natural Park, all different in content and character showing you varied aspects of the countryside, scenery and way of life here. There is a short coach transfer to the start of each walk of about 10 miles.

Walk 1: Sintra Sierra – the Mystic Mountain. On this walk, you go to some of the Park’s highest points with glorious views to the sea. You’ll also discover how the Sintra Sierra has enchanted its visitors over the centuries. The walk takes you to the ‘Holy Spirit’ village of Penedo known for its countless springs and streams. Lunch is included in a local tavern. After lunch, you complete the walk passing small stud farms. 9.75 miles with ascents/descents of 600m.

Walk 2: Land’s End. The walk starts at Cabo da Roca, Europe’s most westerly point. An ancient fisherman´s path leads to the untouched beauty of wild Ursa beach, considered by the Michelin Guide as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Continuing along impressive cliffs hugged by the Atlantic, you approach the Fojo, a natural well that connects to the sea and where the Romans believed that deep down there was a Triton playing music in a conch. This walk ends at the beautiful Adraga beach. 5.5 miles with 550m ascents and 700m descents.

Walk 3: Hermitage and Gardens. The starting point is the same as Walk1 but takes you on a different path and includes visits to a couple of the highlights of the Park. The Convento dos Capuchos was carved into the granite in the 16th century and the monks’ austere existence in the minute cells is referred to in a poem by Byron. From here it is a 4.5- mile walk through a pine forest to the Monserrate Gardens and palace, a unique, exotic landscape again featuring in Byron’s poetry.The massively rich exile, William Beckford, landscaped the site in the1790’s. Sir Francis Cook continued the work in the gardens and   Palace which is a delightful mix of Moorish, Romantic, Gothic and even Indian styles. You return to the start point via the Musketeers Lake.An easy 6¾-mile walk full of interest, with ascents/descents of 350m.

Day Eight: Departure for the airport and your flight home.

Please note: There is a local tourist tax of 1 euro per person per day. It is not included in the price of the holiday and will be payable by hotel guests directly to the hotel.

Portugal – Cascais & the Sintra National Park

New Holiday. Our Overall Holiday Satisfaction Score, as measured across all our holidays, up to August 2017 2016, was 90.5%*
* as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details

ESTORIL EDEN HOTEL ****, Monte Estoril (seven nights)
The resorts of Cascais and Estoril are now one municipality and Monte Estoril stands between the two old centres. The hotel has an indoor and outdoor pool, fitness room, sauna, bar and restaurant. The spacious bedrooms are aparthotel style with balcony, equipped kitchenette/dining area, tv, air-conditioning, minibar, and bathroom with hairdryer. (www.estoriledenhotel.com)
New Hotel for PTS. However our overall hotel satisfaction score average, up to September 2016, was 82.3%.
Walking Holiday - Portugal – Cascais & the Sintra National Park
Holiday code: 7WLI
Supplements per person:
Single Room: £260
Sea View Twin/Double Room: £56
Travel Insurance: £44.95
Supplements on some holidays vary by departure date - the applicable price will be shown when booking.

Fly FromDateDaysAirlineDep.Rtn.AvailabilityPriceFly ToSingle

AberdeenSun 30/09/20188BA via LHR11051740Places Available1049Lisbon26026ABZ17WLIA5

BristolSun 30/09/20188Easyjet07001225Places Available929Lisbon26026BRS17WLIA5

DublinSun 30/09/20188Aer Lingus07001320Places Available929Lisbon26026DUB17WLIA5

EdinburghSun 30/09/20188Easyjet06201315Places Available929Lisbon26026EDI17WLIA5

GlasgowSun 30/09/20188Ryanair17202345Places Available929Lisbon26026GLA17WLIA5

HeathrowSun 30/09/20188BA15201345Places Available969Lisbon26026LHR17WLIA5

LiverpoolSun 30/09/20188Easyjet09401540Places Available929Lisbon26026LPL17WLIA5

London GatwickSun 30/09/20188Easyjet10302310Places Available929Lisbon26026LGW17WLIA5

LutonSun 30/09/20188Easyjet07051310Places Available929Lisbon26026LTN17WLIA5

ManchesterSun 30/09/20188Ryanair20552030Places Available929Lisbon26026MAN27WLIA5

NewcastleSun 30/09/20188BA via LHR11351945Places Available1049Lisbon26026NCL17WLIA5

StanstedSun 30/09/20188Ryanair10151800Places Available929Lisbon26026STN17WLIA5

Prices shown are based on the shared occupancy of twin/double standard rooms, and are subject to availability. Please refer to ‘Accommodation’ for details of any room supplements (including single rooms) and extended stay costs that apply to this holiday. Further details in our FAQ.

Data as at 20/06/2018 at 10:47:05

Note: this is a new holiday. Comments below come from other PTS walking holidays in Portugal.

PTS

Thank you to all concerned for our Portugal holiday, with special mention to your guides. The walks were superb and very educational.

Mrs McP, Plymouth

Thank you for such a well-planned holiday. Our guide’s pleasant manner and attention to detail appeared to be effortless. We met up with other walkers who had been on your holidays a number of times and keep coming back for more. Thank you again.

Mr & Mrs S, Devon

I spent the week of the 29th September in Portugal, walking and just wanted to say that I thought the holiday was excellent. Many Thanks.

Mrs B, Leeds

This has been the first organised walking holiday I’ve taken and its surpassed my expectations! I have been immensely impressed by the level and care of the organisation of each day’s activities and of the manner in which the tour leader has conveyed both practical and ‘of interest’ information in a thoughtful – yet humorous way. Throughout the week it has been great to be able to relax while undertaking fantastic activities, feeling confident that everything has been carefully organised and arranged. All the guides have been intelligently informative and helpful and put in far more than the job seems to require. Undertaking this holiday you feel like an individual, not a client. All the walking routes have been brilliant, diverse and beautiful. Overall for me this has been a great week with a good balance of activity and free time. Caring and thoughtful guides and lovely locations! Thank you very much all concerned. I really expect to book with PTS again.

Ms P, London

Our third holiday with PTS; we would recommend them to other walkers.

Mr & Mrs F, Yorkshire

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