Sintra-Cascais Natural Park

The Sintra-Cascais Natural Park was created in March 1994, and includes an area parallel to the coast, extending from the Cascais Citadel to the estuary of the Falcão River, Sintra Mountain and agricultural area north of the Colares Várzea.

The park is divided in two different areas: the agricultural area, that produces mainly fruit and wine, and the coastal areas, with beaches, cliffs and dunes.

It shows an amazing diversity of ambiences and landscapes, including dunes, forests, lagoons an uneven coastline, the imposing Cabo da Roca, and in the centre, the magnificent Sintra Mountain. The whole area is included in UNESCO’s list of world heritage cultural landscape sites.

Within the park, there are several thriving species of oaks, eucalyptus and pine trees, and in the Sintra Mountain you can find a luxuriant vegetation which is peculiar to the microclimate of the area. Regarding the fauna, the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park has birds of prey such as falcons, owls and sparrow-hawks, many sea birds and also several species of reptiles and amphibians.

Within 25km of Lisbon, it is an extremely popular tourism area containing many different individual historical and natural sites and attractions.

Holidays in Lisbon Region offers a completely variety of choices. Culture, Nature and fantastic sandy beaches. Choose an apartment in Lisbon  for your vacations in Portugal and discover the capital city, the sea and the mountains around.

Lisbon Beaches and Surroundings

Portugal rates as one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe especially because its 800 km of coast with many lovelysandy beaches and excellent climate. Lisbon is not exception and you can find it very hard not to visit one of it’s many beaches on the hot summer days.

Facing the south, the Lisbon beaches, in the estuary of the Tagus offer visitors calm waters, fine sand and modern facilities, to provide all comfort. From Carcavelos beach, ideal for surfing, to Guincho, the paradise for windsurfers, you can discover many others, all different but all offering maximum pleasure.

If you stay in an accommodation in Lisbon, the fastest way to get there is to take the Cascais train at Cais do Sodré, there’s a metro station over there. Along the railway line are several broad beaches.

Carcavelos Beach is the first beach washed by the open sea. Next to the imposing fortress of St. Julian of Barra, the Carcavelos Beach is a big beach where a wide variety of sports activities take place. Just 12 km west from Lisbon.

Tamariz Beach – Lined with cafes and bars, this beach is often packed by the tourists and the locals in the summer. Overlooked by as castle owned by the royal family of Monaco and next to the magnificent Estoril Casino and its gardens, the Tamariz beach can easily be reached by train, stopping by Tamariz at the Estoril station.

Guincho Beach – Located on cliffs outside Cascais, this beach is one of the most beautiful beaches around Lisbon. Although the beach is not the best for swimming due to powerful waves and wind, it is regarded as one of the greatest beaches for windsurfing and surfing. It is a major venue in both the European and the World Surfing and Windsurfing Championships. Guincho Beach can be reached by bus from Cascais.

Around Sintra is also easy to find some beautiful beaches, not too populated. From Guincho to Ericeira beach, passing by AdragaAguda orMagoito, the scenery is gorgeous. Located around 45 minutes north of Lisbon, Ericeira is a small traditional fishing town. The beaches in front and to the north of the town are home to some quality reef breaks and produce a wide range of waves.

Located between Ericeira and Ribamar – about 30 minutes, by car, from Sintra – is Ribeira D’Ilhas beach, internationally renowned as one of the best surfing spots in Europe.

To the south of Lisbon you can also find magnificent beaches. Costa da Caparica – with lovely beaches full of restaurants, cafés and lively nights in the summer -, Portinho da Arrábida in Setúbal, one of the most beautiful beaches around Lisbon with crystal blue waters and the Meco Beachnear Sesimbra.

Holidays in Lisbon offer a completely variety of choices. Culture, Nature and fantastic sandy beaches. Summer is the beach season ‘par excellence’ in Portugal and it’s the best time of the year to experience the wonderful beaches around Lisbon.

Cascais – A unique destination in Portugal

If you are planning a vacation in Lisbon, Portugal, don’t miss a day trip to Cascais. The train station in Cais do Sodré takes you toCascais in a beautiful short train ride along the shore. Cascais is also easily reached from Lisbon by car, through A5 Lisbon-Cascais highway. Near Cascais is the famous resort town of Estoril with its popular Casino.

Considered by many to be the Portuguese Riviera, Estoril and Cascais are full of glamour and charisma. They offer a great diversity of attractions and the experiences in a limited area and in a setting that is exceptional in terms of nature, culture and heritage along the whole of this marvellous coast.

Despite its proximity to Lisbon, the centre of the Costa do Sol, still retains much of the charm of its fishing past. The daily catch is still auctioned in the harbour side square and colourful boats still bob in the harbour. Cascais fishing history is remembered in the Museu do Mar (Museum of the Sea) with displays of artefacts, photographs and model boats. Other elements of its fishing village roots can be felt in its numerous restaurants. Try some of the most typical dishes of the region, including fish and shellfish, such as steamed lobster, sea bass, white bream or the memorable Cascais sole.

In Cascais town centre, you can walk through some of the typical narrow streets, see the traditional white houses and discover old palaces and luxurious villas with magnificent architecture, patterned pavements, wrought iron and old tiled fronts. You can also find some fashionable and traditional shops, and bars.

Cascais is also known by popular beaches. The town beaches of Praia da Ribeira, Praia da Rainha and Praia da Conceicao and the famous beach at Guincho with its high waves that attract windsurfers from all around the world as having some of the best rollers in Europe.

Nearby you have Estoril‘s Praia do Tamariz with its salt-water swimming pool, the Boca do Inferno – the famous cliff in which the sea has hollowed out a number of caves in which the pounding of the waves gives an impressive demonstration of the power of the Atlantic, and the beautiful city of Sintra.

So, if you wish to stay in accommodated in Lisbon and take day trips to Cascais, take a look at list of apartments in Lisbon.