This truly calm and relaxing property is ideally situated between Sintra & Cascais on the Lisbon coast. The area also has some of most renowned Golf courses, beaches with wonderful ocean views. Only a 5 to 8 min drive to the most westerly point in europe known as the 'Cabo da Roca'. You are literally in the Middle of Sintra and Cascais, 15 minutes each way and roughly 35 to 40 minutes from Lisbon and the airport.
Stunning sea views can be seen from inside the house and the exterior terrace area. The unique location of the property is within the boundaries the Sintra Cascais Natural Park, a place of remarkable natural beauty blends with an important environmental and cultural value. Visits to Pena Palace, Sintra national palace, Sanctuary of Peninha and Capuchos Convent, Quinta da Regaleira just to name a few.
This wonderful area in the heart of the Sintra / Casicais Nature Reserve offer guests with plenty to do while staying at this property.
Art and Craft Painting.
Painting courses are given in the local village of Azoia.
For landscape photography lovers, guide yourselves through the hills of Sintra and discover through the lens knowledge of the region, its legends, traditions and sacred places.
Companies offer Jeep safaris through the nearby Sintra hills.
The Formula 1 Race track in Estoril is host to some motorcycle and car racing events throughout the year.
Sailing along the coast or along the river to Lisbon can be arranged from the nearby marina at Cascais.
An array of fantastic beaches like 'Guincho' and 'Praia Grande' are close by and are famous for their great surfing conditions.
This particular area has to offer hikers with some of the most beautiful coastal walks, walks along beautiful beaches, walks into the local town and walks in the Sintra hills.
Estoril Golf Club
Distance from accommodation: 17km (about 20 mins)
Founded in 1929, this established par 69 course has played host to the Portuguese Open on many occasions in the past. The newly developed 18 hole course includes the 184 metre par 3 sixteenth hole which many consider to be one of the most memorable golf holes to play in Portugal.
Distance from accommodation: 15km (about 18 mins)
Founded in 2001, this 18 hole course is located in the National Park between the cosmopolitan coastal town of Cascais and the romantic hilltop town of Sintra. Spectacular sea views can be enjoyed through the pine wood forests which are a feature of this course.
Penha Longa .
Distance from accommodation: 12km (about 15 mins)
Penha Longa Atlântico is a challenging 18 hole championship course which has hosted the Portuguese Open as well as other international events.
Penha Longa Mosteiro is a 9 hole course and offers the perfect conditions for improving your game.
Both courses provide a truly unique golfing experience with the backdrop of the Sintra hills and the gently wooded slopes of the courses themselves. They are set in the spectacular grounds of a 14th Century Monastery which has since been restored.
Quinta da Beloura .
Distance from accommodation: 16km (about 18 mins)
This 18 hole course is located on flat land between the romantic hilltop town of Sintra and the cosmopolitan towns of Estoril and Cascais. It offers many water hazards and a challenging but picturesque 18th par 4 hole.
Quinta da Marinha .
Distance from accommodation: 18km (about 25 mins)
This 18 hole course plays host to some Portuguese golf events and has many challenging features including small, tight and elevated greens. It is set against a backdrop of the Sintra hills and sits on National Park land which runs along the stunning Atlantic coast near the cosmopolitan town of Cascais.
Quinta de Regaleira.
Few places in the world can invoke a sense of magic and mystery as does Sintra. From magical forests to romantic palaces Sintra never fails to seduce. One of the true gems of this region is the Quinta de Regaleira. Part of the Cultural Landscape of Sintra under UNESCO, the palace and gardens are truely deserving of a visit. While walking from the village square you reach the quinta in a few short minutes. The manor house is very impressive from the outside. The manueline/gothic architecture is awe inspiring, but the magic of the estate lies within the gardens. Give yourself time to explore the lakes, statues, initiation well, grotos, and towers; it looks like something out of the garden of eve. Make sure to bring a flashlight as this will enhance the experience when you investigate one of the many grottoes. If you're lucky, it will gently rain and thunder while you are there. It certainly adds a level of mystery to it all.
Palace of Monserrate.
The palace was built in 1858 by the designer James Knowles Jr. on initiative of Francis Cook, Viscount Monserrate, being one of the most interesting examples of Sintra Romanticism. A work in the Romantic-Orientalist spirit, with its great circular tower, bulbous cupolas and exotic decoration.
However, as José Augusto França says, 'Monserrate has a somewhat different scenographic sense, based on a greater wealth of archaeological details', constituted by its inspirational roots which - via English sources - are grafted on to the Moghul architecture. A unique case of Romanticism in Portugal.
This little monastery, constructed amid the rocks of Sintra in fulfilment of a vow by Dom Álvaro de Castro (1560), its cells and dependencies lined with cork, is a wonderful example of Christian austerity in its simplicity of decoration and meagre materials and space. The little chapel, the refectory, the living quarters, almost troglodyte in dimension, are cut into the crags, and underline the intention of meditation inherent in the project. In the chapel are to be noted the altar with inlay work, some 17th Century frescos by André Reinoso and an 18th Century frontispiece of azulejos, the last named in the outer chapel.