Massgeschneiderter Yoga/Anti-stress Urlaub im wunderschoenem Sintra Naturpark, Portugal

December 4th, 2013

Hallo!

High tide at Adraga Beach

Colina Flora, ein kleines aber feines “gruenes” Gaestehaus, friedlich gelegen im herrlichem Sintra Naturpark, und nur 3 km von schoenen Sandstraende, bietet Gaeste die Moeglichkeit sich einen erhohlsamen Urlaub zu goennen mit Hatha Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Anti-stress Workshops, Chi Kung, Shatsu und Tuina Massage, Akupunktur, Wandern, Radlen und eine grosse Auswahl von Sportmoeglichkeiten, Kunstkurse, Rythmisches Tanzen, vegetarische Kochkure, Ernaehrungsberatung und mehr.  Gaeste  sagen uns vor ihrer Ankunft wie sie gerne ihren Urlaub gestalten moechten und wie viel Yoga usw. sie gerne haetten.  Colina Flora arrangiert dann alles, auch, wenn gewuenscht, Abhohldienst am Flughafen.

Colina Flora serviert besonders schmackhafte Bio Fruehstueck und nach Wunsch kann auch vegetarisches Abendessen serviert werden.  Es gibt eine gute Auswahl von kleinen Restaurants und cafes.

Der Sintra Naturpark ist ein UNESCO World  Heritage und Cultural Landscape.  Eine der schoensten Gegenden Portugals.  Von der Kueste, mit einmaligen weissen Sandstranede und dramatische Klippen  bis tief in die  bezauberde Waelder mit prehistorischen Ruinen und alten Kloster und dann  bis zu Sintra mit seinen maerchenhaften Schloesser, gibt es eine Vielfalt zu erleben.  Urige Doefer, seltene Voegel, rund ums Jahr bluehende und besondere Blumen  und Fauna, ein mildes sonniges Klima (kein Frost und viel Sonnenschein)  und freundliche Leute machen dies zu einem besonderm Urlaubziel.

Die Therapeuten sind alle Experten und sprechen fliesssend Englisch.  Es gibt mehr Auskunft auf der Websiet www.colinaflora.com oder senden Sie uns Ihre Fragen thecolinaflora@hotmail.com

Sintra Natural Park Coastline

Tailor Made!! Yoga/De-stress Retreats in the beautiful Sintra Natural Park, Portugal

December 3rd, 2013

Hello!

Sintra Natural park Coastline

sintra Natural park Coastline

Amazing that almost an entire year has  passed, since our last posting.  Needless to say we have been very busy.  We are always surprised how much work is entailed in running a small B&B.

Colina Flora is now offering customized Yoga retreats.  These retreats are unique, because each guest can choose a program to suit their individual needs and they can start any time there is availability.

There is a choice for daily private Hatha Yoga,  Yoga Nidra sessions or group sessions which  are offered Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.  To compliment the Yoga there are many choices for  revitalizing body, mind and spirit.

The choices are art and etching classes, Tuina and/or Shiatsu massage, de-stressing sessions, acupuncture,  vegetarian cooking and nutrition counseling sessions, Chi Kung,  rhythmic dance, self-guided and guided walking and/or cycling in the beautiful Sintra Natural Park (an UNESCO World Heritage Site) which reaches from  awesome sandy beaches deep into the magical forests with prehistoric sites and an  ancient monastery , castles and palaces. and other sports , wine tours.

Colina Flora has a wonderful group of experienced instructors and therapists.  all of whom speak fluent English.

High tide at Adraga Beach

 

Colina Flora is a comfortable, small “green”" guesthouse which is peacefully located in the  heart of the Sintra Natural Park on what the ancients called the magical Mountain of the Moon.  It is an area of stunning beauty, quaint villages, rare flora and fauna, unique birds, and wonderful friendly people.  The sunny and mild climate (no frost) make this a wonderful year round destination.

Colina Flora serves delicious Food For Life organic breakfasts and  packed lunches and  dinners are available upon request and the possibility to self cater or enjoy yummy meals at local family restaurants, including organic vegetarian cafe and organic vegan restaurant.

See our website www.colinaflora.com for more info and/or contact us at thecolinaflora@hotmail.com.

Vegan/Vegetarian Walking Retreats in Sintra Natural Park, Portugal

January 11th, 2013

high tide at Adraga Beach

Sintra Natural Park Coastlinehigh tide at Adraga Beach

Hello Everyone!

As has been mentioned before, Portugal has seen a  growth in vegetarian/vegan restaurants and cafes.  And of course the wonderful mild and sunny climate is perfect for growing a vast vareity of fruits and vegetables.  Many farmers/gardeners sell at farmer´s markets found in every village, town and city.  There are also many organic famrer´s markets.    www.happycow.com is the site to find locations of vegetarian eateries in Portugal and around the planet.

There are also several hotels and guesthouses throughout  which welcome vegans/vegetarians.   www.albergariadocalvario.com in Evora is a wonderful haven for vegetarians (and others)  in a beautiful medieval city.

Colina Flora www.colinaflora.com is a lovely, small, “green” country  guesthouse peacefully located in the beautiful Sintra Natural Park run by vegetarians for vegans/vegetarians (peixavores and carnivores are also welcome!!).  Colina Flora is in the heart of the Sintra Natural Park and is an ideal place for R&R but also to walk the endless walking trails of the Park, which meander along the cliff tops overlooking the gorgeous white sandy beaches and dramatic coastline, leads into the magical forest, past pre-historic ruins, an abundance of rare flora and fauna, wonderous rock formations,  awesome historical sites, quaint villages.  The Sintra Natural Park with its 14000 plus HA is a walker´s/biker´s paradise.  Walking is possible year round due to the mild and sunny climate with little rainfall.

The staff at Colina Flora customizes walking retreats for  its guests.  Besides walking on self-guided and guided tours, there are the options of yoga, chi kung, massage, art and vegetarian cooking classes, stress management sessions, acupuncture, wine tours, surfing, snorkling, swimming, riding etc. etc.  etc.  

Contact www.colinaflora.com for more information and for winter specials.  Come visit Portugal and stay a while!!

 

Christmas/Winter Holidays in Portugal

December 2nd, 2012

Hello Everyone!

Portugal enjoys a mild sunny climate, even during the  winter months.  With less tourists about and low season rates for accommodations, it is a great time for a fun filled, exciting and/or relaxing visit.  

Lisbon is a wonderful city and this time of year many special events are happening in various parts of the city.  There are many special Christmas concerts, ballet performances, Festival on Ice etc., and  festive lights glitter throughout  the historic center. 

Lisbon´s churches and Sao Jorge Cinema will host a series of Christmas concerts with performances of beutiful seasonal music.  These performances are a great way to experience Portugal´s artistic and religious heritage.  Christmas fairs displaying traditional crafts and gourmet items are held  all around the town.  

This year,  Lisbon´s main city square (one of the largest city squares in Europe) the Terreiro do Paço has a special sculptural Christmas tree which is also a unique technological wonder.  This large, 28 meter high, tree is designed by the Portuguese artist, Leonel Moura, and it collects images of the surrounding area for video projections in real time onto the tree.  Therefore, visitors to the square will be an integral part of  the tree  - hard to discribe, best to experience.  At the Terreiro do Paço there is  also the Lisbon Story Center.  This Center invites adults and children to experience the history of Lisbon in an interactive and educational manner. www.visitportugal.com for more information on special events in Lisbon and other cities and towns in Portugal.

This is also a great time of year to walk and/or bike through the Sintra Natural Park.  There are many hiking/biking trails through out the natural park along the dramatic coastline, incredible beautiful sandy beaches, and admidst the magical forests.  Sintra has an amazing amount of special historical and pre-historic sites and  and is an UNESCO World Heritage City  and an UNESCO Cultural Landscape. www.parquesdasintra.pt  There are also many  special concerts throughout the season in Sintra at several churches  the Olga Cadaval Culture and Art center with its modern art museum.

 

 

 

Until January 6th, cafes and bakeries all over Portugal compete with each other to prepare/create the most delicous Bolo Rei: Kings Cake.  The Bolo Rei is a century old Portuguese tradition.  It is a yeasted sweet bread full of nuts and crystalized fruits.  Further delicious seasonal treats are Sonhos, delicious doughnuts often filled with caramel, and Rabanadas, a special type of Portuguese French toast. 

10 Reasons to visit Sintra and the Sintra Natural Park, Portugal

November 14th, 2012

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There are many reasons to visit Portugal, a beautiful country, with so much to see and do,  with really friendly people who take pride in keeping their country special, clean  and inviting to tourists - the hidden gem of Europe!!  And the region of Sintra and the Sintra Natural Park has been considered a special, magical area since pre-historic times.  The reasons to visit are vast.  But these are considered the top 10 by the Sintra Department of Tourism.,

1. Sintra is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and Cultural Landscape.  The dramatic and amazing rural areas surrounding Sintra which are protected in the 14 000 HA Sintra Natural Park and the wonderful, historic old City of Sintra with its many palaces,  ancient beautifully tiled buildings, winding roads, parks, churches and convents etc are truely worth seeing.

2.  The Serra da Sintra with its magic mountains, rare flora and fauna, birds, unique micro climate, lush greenery can be explored on foot , bikes, Segways etc.  There are the wonderful parks of Monserrate, Pena Park, Conventos dos Capuchos to name a few.

3.  Quinta da Regaleira is an awesome Neo-Gothic and Neo-Romantic Park and Manor house.  There are many hidden grottos, underground tunnels, chapels, towers etc waiting to be explored.  (We think Walt Disney must have been here and found inspiration for his Disney Land!!)

4.  Sintra´s natural beauty streches from the mountains, hilltops, valleys and forests down to the Atlantic coast with an incredible rugged coastline boasting some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe.  Miles of white sandy beaches beneath towering cliffs are perfect for beach combing, relaxing, surfing….and for the very brave: swimming.  The Portuguese are very proud of their  beautiful beaches and keep them clean.

5.  The  antique tram, which during the summer and early autumn travels from Sintra to Praia das Macas and back, dates back to the 1850´s and is a fun way to get to the beach town of Praia das Macas from Sintra´s historic center.

6.  The National Palace of Sintra is worth seeing. It is a monument to the interesting architectual style which combines Gothic with Manuline. It is in the middle of the historic center of Sintra.

7.  The Pena National Palace and Park is considered to be one of the 7 wonders of Portugal.

8.  O Cabo da Roca.  This  is a popular tourist spot being the western most point of continental Europe. It boasts  a lovely lighthouse and amazing vistas of the coastline.

9.  The delightful pasteries  and delicious fish served at many quaint cafes and family owned restaurants at very affordable prices.

10. The wines of Portugal  – especially Colares Wine.  The   Colares wine dates back to Roman times.  Colares wine is the oldest Portuguese wine.  Its Ramisco grape survived the European blight of the late 1800´s.  The ancient wineries host tours and winetastings.

And last but not least there is an interesting selection of unique places to stay in the Sintra area: all sorts of hotels, B&B´s, guesthouses, villas and apratments.

www.colinaflora.com is   a small, country guesthouse tucked peacefully into the hills above the Atlantic ocean.  Read our reviews on www.tripadvisor.com/colinaflora

 

for more information on Sintra www.sintraromantica.net

www.sintrainn.net

www.parquesdasintra.pt

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Herbst/Winter Urlaub in Portugal fuer Vegetarier/Veganer

November 2nd, 2012

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Frueher hatten           Vegetarier/Veganer Schwierigkeiten vegetarische Restaurants in Portugal zu finden.    Deshalb freuen wir uns mitteilen zu duerfen, dass es laut www.vegman.org oder www.happycow.net allein in Lisbon derzeit 24 vegetarische Restaurants/Cafes gibt.  Auch tauchen immer mehr Laeden auf die gute Bio-Kost verkaufen.  

Sogar in unserem kleinem, huebschem Dorf, Almocageme, im Herzen vom wunderschoenem Sintra Naturpark, gibt es inzwischen ein Bio-Vegan Restaurant und ein Vegetarisches Bio Cafe.  Und der Dorfladen verkauft eine riesige Auswahl von Bio Produkte: Getrede, Soya Produkte, Reismilch, Bio Schokolade, usw.  Und im naechstem Dorf, Colares, gibt es eine biologische Kooperative auf einer kleinen Farm mit Verkauf und  Permaculture Kurse.

Der Sintra Naturpark ist im Herbst und Winter auch noch ein herrliches Reiseziel.  Das milde, frostfreie Klima, ist perfekt fuer Wanderer und Radler.  Aber auch Surfer ist das ganze Jahr am tollen.  Die Straende sind wunderschoen und die landschaft ist dramatisch und abwechslungsreich.

Fuer Vegetarier/Veganer die eine nette Unterkunft suchen gibt es das Colina Flora, www.colinaflora.com , ein kleines, aber feines, Bio-Gastehaus, mit einem tollem Bio Fruehstueck.

 baking traditional portuguese breads……delicious

 

Das Cafe von Flores do Cabo ist derzeit unser Lieblings Cafe.  Leider ist das Cafe waehrend den Wintermonate nur Freitags, Samstags und Sonntags geoeffnet von 11 bis 19 Uhr.  Das Cafe von Flores do Cabo ist einfach SUPER.  Es ist ein renovierter, sehr alter Weinkeller schmackvoll ausgestattet mit kunst von hiesigen Handwerker, Antiquitaeten, Blumen, Naturkosmetik, Kerzen usw und das Cafe serviert jeden Tag was anders liebvoll zubereitet aus den besten bio Zutaten:Mandel-Polenta Kuchen, tolles Hummus, hausgebackenen Brote, leckere Suppen und  Hauptgerichte, tolle cocktails…..

Das Cafe ist sehr beliebt von unseren Gaeste www.colinaflora.com , von jung und alt, und allerlei Durchreisende, Einheimische…..