Start at the Peninha Sanctuary in the forest and hike towards the sea, taking in the rugged and rocky coastline.
The day starts with Peninha, one of the highlights of the Serra de Sintra. With about 500m high, this is the place where the sun and the moon present us two great moments, the farewell of the first behind the Atlantic and the birth of the second in the clear skies of the Serra, all this with the enigmatic medieval setting provided by the Peninha Sanctuary. From here, we will continue towards the sea, admiring the spectacular views of the entire Sintra coast while walking in enchanting paths within the forest. Then, keeping the ocean on our right, we will walk towards Cascais, alternating between incredible beaches and a rugged and rocky coastline. This is an area heavily fortified since it was Lisbon’s first-line defense. You can either finish at Guincho beach, or continue towards your accommodation in Cascais, exploring the beautiful Cascais coast. If you decide to do so, almost at the end, very close to your accommodation, you will pass by the “Boca do inferno”, a dramatic coastal spot with amazing views.
If there are any stretches of road walking and if there is no pavement or grass verge, please take extra care. The general rule is that you walk on the same side of the road as oncoming traffic, in order to avoid having your back directly to oncoming traffic. Be prepared to walk in single file and to stay as close to the side of the road as possible.
There may be sections where you will be walking through fields containing livestock. Be vigilant and respectful of all animals.
Always make sure to stay hydrated and carry plenty of water. It is also advised to wear skin-protecting clothing and use sun cream/screen. We recommend you inquire about the day’s forecasted weather before setting out on your walks. A useful website for climate information specific to towns and countries is www.weather2travel.com or www.yr.no
You may also find walking poles useful on this route - they will help take the pressure off your knees during the ascents and descents.
We recommend wearing hiking boots that are well broken-in, plus rain jacket and waterproof trousers in wet weather, as well as taking sun cream and a hat on nicer days.