About the Lisbon and the Sintra Hills trip
Lisbon, the beautiful white washed capital city of Portugal, is blessed with its famous 'seven hills', a stunning coastline and the majestic Tagus esturay. It is a vibrante and cosmopolitan city ideal for exploring on foot and our itinerary will take you to belvederes and iconic sites and monuments, weaving through the narrow paved streets.
During this Portugal walking trip, you will visit the historic districts of Mouraria or Alfama, the districts of Baixa and Bairro Alto, illustrating in turn the Romanization, the Moorish Middle Ages, the colonization of Africa, Asia or Brazil, the terrible earthquake of 1755 or the escapades of the 19th century. A walk or cycle along the Tagus estuary will lead you to Bélem with monuments strongly linked to the golden era of the Great Maritime Discoveries.
Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a haven of greenery, just a few kilometres outside of Lisbon. This granite massif rises to an altitude of 500 metres at the edge of the ocean, stretching towards Cabo da Roca. Sintra boasts an exceptional micro climate allowing plants and trees from distant continents to coexist and flourish in luscious forests and parks. Impressive monasteries, castles, palaces and manor houses (the famous quintas) have been built throughout the centuries and add a historic and cultural depth to Sintra.
Hike along the coast from Cabo da Roca and admire the beautifully wild yet wonderfully preserved Atlantic facade, incidentally, the westernmost point of the European continent.