Sintra, one of the most beautiful towns in the world, and certainly one of the most romantic.
Just 30 km away from central Lisbon, the "Cultural Landscape of Sintra" is part of the World Heritage List - http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/723-, displaying a unique mixture of nature and architectural treasures.
Situated close to the capital Lisbon, the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park houses the tourist centres of Cascais and Sintra, the town of Colares, the Raso and Roca Capes, the Mouth of Hell and the Sintra Mountain. From the northern edge of the Park to the Roca Cape there are beaches below the cliffs, such as the Praia das Macas or Azenhas do Mar.
At the most westerly point of the continent of Europe, where the land ends and the sea begins the granite prow of the Roca Cape rises.
Around the house, Varzea - Colares, is easy to find some beautiful beaches not too populated, several golf courses and restaurants with excellent food. From Guincho (World Championship of Windsurf) to Ericeira, passing by Adraga (Europe most beautiful beach in 2003), Azenhas do Mar (a village built on the rocks with sea water swimming-pool and panoramic restaurants), Praia Grande (World Championship of Bodyboard), Praia da Ursa (beautiful naturist beach near Cabo da Roca), Praia das Macas, Samarra, Aguda or Magoito, the scenery is gorgeous. Sea water’s temperature is around 20 centigrade degrees in summer.
Located between Ericeira and Ribamar - about 30 minutes north, by car, from Sintra - this beach is internationally renowned as one of the best surfing spots in Europe.
Demarcated wine-growing region. You can visit Adega Regional de Colares and taste the famed excellent wine.
Rural and Country Markets.
A visit to S.Pedro de Sintra biweekly market (second and fourth Sunday of the month) or Malveira (near Mafra every Thursday) is a return to old places where you can remember your youth.
Golf courses, 30 minutes drive from Varzea: Penha Longa Golf, Quinta da Marinha Golf, Estoril Golf, Beloura Golf.
Ilha Berlenga - Berlengas Nature Reserve (north of Sintra)
Peniche is the access point for Ilha Berlenga, an island 10 kilometres offshore from Cabo Carvoeiro. The island is only two and a half square kilometres but is the largest island in an archipelago with jagged coastline of stacks, caves and extraordinary rock formations.