Sintra Natural Park retreats & walks in Portugal
Each holiday is customized to suit participants wishes, so prices vary according to what activity is choosen and length of stay.
Length of holiday can also be customized with a minimum of 2 days
Length of holiday can also be customized with a minimum of 2 days
Description of Sintra Natural Park retreats & walks in Portugal
This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
It's easy to reach Portugal by train from London, by early morning Eurostar from London to Paris, a high-speed TGV from Paris to Irun on the Spanish frontier, then the famous Sud Express overnight to Lisbon, with sleeping-cars, restaurant & bar, the civilised way to reach Portugal. From Lisbon train station to Caminho Alegre we often arrange a shuttle to meet guests and drive them and we also give guests detailed instruction how to reach us via public transport which takes about an hour from Lisbon. In Less than 24 hours from London to Lisbon to Caminho Alegre. An alternative is taking the ferry from Portsmouth to Santander Spain and then taking a bus to Lisbon. The Portsmouth Santander ferry route connects England with Spain. Currently there is just the 1 ferry company operating this ferry service, Brittany Ferries. The crossing operates up to 2 times each week with sailing durations from around 23 hours 30 minutes. Cars and motorcycles can be taken along on this ferry.
We cater for both vegetarians and vegans.
11 Reviews of Sintra Natural Park retreats & walks in Portugal
4 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 09 Sep 2021 by Monica SturgessExcellent - would highly recommend it!!! Read full review
Reviewed on 09 Mar 2020 by David BarrettIt was brilliant! If you're searching for that elusive, perfect get-away break, then look no further - this trip has it all. Read full review
Reviewed on 10 Jan 2020 by Denise YarbroughThe breakfasts were delicious -all organic and homemade and locally sourced, vegetarian and vegan. And James is exceedingly helpful with recommendations for local restaurants and even provides free rides to and from restaurants in the evening if you want to go out to dinner. Read full review
Reviewed on 19 Jul 2018 by Tracey LeachFantastic coastal walks and beaches, atmospheric villages and ancient ruins, castles and palaces. Read full review
Reviewed on 16 Jun 2017 by Valerie MontignyI thoroughly enjoyed my stay in the Sintra hills at Quinta Colina Flora, enjoying the warm hospitality of James and Aasta and the beauty of the park. Thanks to Rosy Responsible Travel for the recommendation. Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Jan 2017 by Doreen BrettThe most memorable was the beautiful cliff top walks with amazing scenery. It was lovely to explore the local area, and the food and Fado was amazing. Excellent holiday - we have lots of beautiful photos and lovely memories of our stay. Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Jun 2016 by Peter Alvey4* Read full review
Reviewed on 17 Aug 2014 by Richard BellMy hosts helped me to find my feet as soon as I got off the plane and I was able to get the most out of my stay in the atmospheric Sintra National Park, walking, swimming and visiting a good range of places of historical interest. Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Mar 2014 by Lynne SamuelReally enjoyed staying at the guesthouse. Hospitality was amazing. James was there with good information regarding where to find plants and books and help plan days out. Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Jul 2013 by Joanne DellerThe most memorable parts were the lovely countryside (red-tiled roofs, etc.), the beautiful historic towns to visit (Lisbon, Sintra, Coimbra, Obidos...) and the marvellous breakfasts (really brunches) cooked up by Aasta. I also appreciated the many nice little touches (not expected in a B&B) - a bathrobe, fresh fruit and little chocolates in the room every day... Read full review
Reviewed on 03 Jul 2012 by Jane FreemantleThe whole holiday was memorable, the place itself was beautiful overlooking the sea and surrounding countryside... We met some lovely people at the accommodation and recommend it for a bed and breakfast holiday in a lovely region of Portugal. Read full review
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetWe are dedicated to a "green" lifestyle therefore we: recycle, reuse, refurbish, upcycle, and share with others what we do not need or use anymore. Our guests kitchen has recycling and composting bins. We compost all of our food and garden scrapes. We avoid using plastic as much as possible (though guests still request bottled water, we encourage them to drink our well water which is filtered and has been tested.) We use cloth napkins. All of our applicances are energy efficient, rated at least A+ . Most of our light bulbs are low energy. All of our cleaning products are environemtaaly friendly and sustainable. We have an organic garden, grey water sytem, low chemical swimming pool. We only purchase food that is organic, fresh and whenever possible locally grown. We support local organic farmers, artisal food producers, and artisans for soaps etc. We shop at the small, provately owned village stores and local farmers markets whenever possible. We support Made in Portugal and Handmade. We have a half finished solar hot water system which we are saving up to complete. We collect rainwater. And we pickup plastic debris on the beach on our daily walks and encourge others to do the same. We walk whenever possible and encourage our guests to walk and use the bus system. We believe in the Cradle to Cradle system!
We opened 9 years ago as an organic, vegan/vegetarian, locavore B&B (even our sheets, towels, bathrobes and slippers are made of organic cotton) (and we are life long, whole foods, Food for Life, vegetarians) So for 9 years we have doing this: our food is organic and as much as possible local from organic small farmers. We shop at the small local stores etc. Most everything recycled and composted. No single use plastic etc etc Long time members of Slow Food etc etc
We do not fly, we give no-car guests complimentary bus passes and arrange walking tours for them etc
No polyester...only cotton and wool textiles...beds made of recycled antique doors etc. etc.
Currently waiting for installation of solar panels and we are saving for an electric car.
PeopleWe support our local community by shopping in the small privatly owned shops, eating at the small local restaurants and cafes and shopping at the local farmers market. We recommend the non-tourist, small restaurants to our guests. We encourage our guests to shop at the local shops. All of our instructors and helpers are local people. We have organized with people from our area, walking tours, yoga retreats, and art classes. We support the artisans keeping ancient hand crafts alive. We share all of the information about local events, artisans, shops, cafes, restaurants with our guests.
We are members and volunteers of the organic food cooperative and at the new small alternative Steiner school. We believe in supporting local endeavors.
We suppoort local issues protecting the natural park, clean-up Portugal days, the local Salvation Army which runs a senor citizen home and a second hand shop etc.. We give our helpers, (employing single mothers and long time unemployed,) a decent salery and a bonus at the end of the year.
We share the love for this wonderful country and the respect for the people and its land with our guests, encouraging them to seek out non-traditonal tourist activities.
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