As long time members of Slow Food www.slowfood.com, we embrace the idea of being slow and green when it comes to traveling, too. The idea of traveling “slow” is to experience and explore on foot or bike and appreciate what is unique and special to that area, meet the locals, delight in tradionals foods and customs, learn about the flora, fauna and wildlife, tread lightly and become a friend of your surroundings.
The vast and beautiful Sintra Natural Park which reaches from the awesome coastline near Cascais up into the magical forests to the romantic city of Sintra is a great area to retreat to for a slow, relaxing, inspiring vacation/holiday. It is possible to walk, do bike and Segway tours, public transportation and thereby slowly enjoy this circa 14, 500 ha (about 40,000 acres) nature preserve. www.visitportugal.com . This area of Portugal can easily be reached by train and bus from the wonderful city of Lisbon. www.parquesdesintra.pt
Colina Flora, www.colinaflora.com a “green” country guesthouse located in the heart of the amazing Sintra Natural Park assists its guests in organizing a slow and relaxing retreat in a mild sunny climate. Walking and biking trails begin right at our front gates. We have maps, walking sticks, lots of suggestions, good organic vegetarian/fish and vegan dinners upon request and a guest kitchen for those wishing to self-cater. Yoga, massage, vegetarian cooking classes, de-stressing sessions, music/dance therapy are all available.
Lots of sports: Golf, tennis, rockclimbing, surfing, riding are abailable year round besides the great walking and biking.