Local Hiking Trails in Cascais-Sintra
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Local Hiking Trails in Cascais-Sintra

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Portugal is blessed with phenomenal hiking trails, and the Cascais-Sintra area is no exception. Whether you hike for sport, mindfulness, quality time with your family, or the discovery of unique views, these two trails are sure to impress.

Before hitting the trails, it's vital to be ready. Make sure to wear comfortable clothing and shoes, and pack plenty of water and snacks. Additionally, be sure to follow hiking etiquette by staying on the designated trail, respecting wildlife, and leaving no trace.

These trails are well-marked in theory, but as it happens with most trails in Serra de Sintra, be prepared to be confused. If this is a major concern for you, you can always book a guided tour, and you’ll be sure not to get lost. Nowadays, however, technology can aid you through unknown paths. It’s no shame to make use of phones to find your way (and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise). That’s why we’ll be sharing with you online maps.

Now let’s have a look at the trails.

Capuchos, Barragem Rio da Mula and Pedra Amarela

Length: 13.5 km
Type of trail: loop
Type of terrain: dirt paths
Suitable for children: Yes
Difficulty: Easy
Online map of the trail

This trail starts and ends at the Convento dos Capuchos parking lot, which is free to use. Alternatively, you can take public bus n. 417 or n. 403 from Cascais or the train from Lisbon to Sintra, and then take a taxi or a ride-share to the starting point.

This hike takes you through the Barragem Rio da Mula dam, which supplies the municipality with water, and the Pedra Amarela area, with a fantastic panoramic view of the coastline. Along the way, you'll also see the Tholos do Monge, a white obelisk rising above the surrounding rocks and vegetation, and Alto da Memória, a great spot to take in the scenery.

The trail is mostly dirt, making it relatively accessible, but there is a mildly steep climb from Barragem Rio da Mula to Tholos do Monge.

Capuchos, Peninha and Anta Adrenunes

Approximate length: 13 km
Type of trail: loop
Type of terrain: mostly dirt paths
Suitable for children: Yes
Difficulty: Moderate-easy
Online map of the trail

This trail also starts and ends at the Convento dos Capuchos parking lot, and covers a different area of Serra de Sintra. The trail is mostly dirt (and therefore quite accessible), with a few rough spots.

Throughout the hike, you’ll see Anta Adrenunes, a cluster of granite stones with a passage believed to have served as a megalithic necropolis, the sanctuary of Peninha, and Alto da Memória Memória (a highlight that you’ll also encounter if you go for the first trail). All three locations boast stunning views, with Peninha and Alto da Memória vying for the best ocean outlook.

The natural beauty of Sintra is waiting for you to discover, and it's a perfect way to keep your body and mind healthy. So, pack your backpack, lace up your shoes and hit the trails!

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