There is so much to tell you about the Sintra Natural Park, so tidbits about the rest of Portugal will just have to be on hold for a while.
About 70% of our guests at Colina Flora, www.colinaflora.com our “green”,m vegetarian/vegan friendly guesthouse in the heart of the Sintra Natural Park, do not hire cars. We arrange for airport transport and then they walk, bike and use the excellent public bus which stops nearby. Or we shuttle them.
A favorite day trips is to Guicho Beach, and the 7 km or so flat coastal path to Casa da Guia on the outskirts of Cascais. Guincho is a wonderful large expanse of sandy beach very popular with surfers of all kinds and walkers. Mostly we shuttle our guests down to Casa da Guia where there is a free bike lending spot. Guests usually hop on the bikes and ride along the beautiful coastal path, stopping at Boca do Inferno, an amazing cliff/rock formation, and heading to Guincho. On a sunny day it wonderful to hang out at Guincho. Stop for lunch and/or drinks at one of the bars and then head back and stroll about Casa da Guia www.casadaguia.com which is a former manor house and park with beautiful vistas of the coast line. The Manor-house has been converted into shops and art galleries, cafes and restaurants: a creperie, a Swedish Restaurant, several traditional Portuguese restaurants and interesting cafes. Then continue to ride along the coastal path into the old city center of Cascais leave the bikes at a bike collection spot near the station, stroll about the lovely historic downtown area. Have some great Gelato at Santini Gelati, considered by many to be the best ice-cream in Portugal. And then hop on the 403 bus to Pe da Serra and the 5 minute walk to Colina Flora.