In and Around Sintra

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Of course by now you know that Sintra is home to dozens of monuments, including palaces, castles, churches, parks and historical buildings. So we’re going to tell you some other things you can easily do while you say with us at Chalet Saudade – Vintage GuestHouse.

Information about some of the major monuments of Sintra can be found on the website of the award winning Parques de Sintra – Monte da Lua. In 2014 they were awarded the title of World’s Leading Conservation Company at the World Travel Awards. Please visit PARQUES DE SINTRA

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  • We’re 500 meters away from the historical centre.

You can enjoy the best views when walking there, as you go through Volta do Duche. The winding cobblestone lanes in the centre are worth exploring as you discover the village at your own pace.

  • Just across the street, you can catch the tour bus to the Moorish Castle and Pena Palace (434), or to the Monserrate Palace and Gardens (435) – unless you want to hike, that is! It’s a 4km trekk up the winding road to the castle, but the sheer gorgeousness of the path makes up for the effort.

For 3€, you can take a ride on the centennial Sintra-Praia das Maçãs tram line. The tram stop is 400m from the GuestHouse. Go through the beautiful village of Colares, home of the Colares wine that has been in production since 1255. The tram ride in itself is an experience worth trying, and it takes you to the beach of Praia das Maçãs – where you can enjoy not only the Atlantic Ocean and the sunshine, but also some nice seafood restaurants. You can also easily take the bus to the beach – the bus stop is 100m from us.

  • There are literally dozens of hiking trails you can enjoy in and around Sintra. If you want a group activity, we have flyers at the reception for some trekking tours companies that we know and trust.

  • Why not up take up bodyboard at Praia Grande or Praia das Maçãs, windsurf or kitesurt at Praia do Guincho or try your hand at rock climbing on the cliffs in the area?


Restaurant Apeadeiro has been around for over 40 years in Sintra. It is located on the same street as our café. It serves traditional portuguese fare and is very reasonably priced. Closed on Thursdays.

InComum by Luís Santos opened it´s doors in late 2014 and is already making it´s mark on Sintra´s gastronomical circles. It is located conveniently across the street from the Chalet. It serves modern portuguese cuisine in an unpretentious setting and is very reasonably priced. A must try for a different dining experience!

Restaurant Dom Pipas is a small intimate restaurant located two streets behind the train station close to Café Saudade. It serves traditional portuguese fare and has a nice wine menu. Also, very reasonably priced. Closed on Mondays.