Further Afield

Day Trips

When you stay with us at Chalet Saudade – Vintage GuestHouse, you are at a hub of transportation without the noisome hassle of the big city.

Why not stay for a week in Sintra and explore Lisbon and Cascais during the day? If you would like we can help set up a customized tour. Just let us know where you would like to visit. Travel and explore and then return to a safe haven for a restful and quiet night’s sleep among Nature. When you stay at Chalet Saudade you are just 30 minutes away by car from any of these cities:

 Cascais

Just across the street from the GuestHouse or from the nearby Portela de Sintra train station, you can take the Scotturb line buses, that run approximately every hour to the Sintra coast and to the seaside village of Cascais. Explore the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park and ride in comfort through picturesque villages arriving at the stunning Cabo da Roca, the northernmost point in continental Europe where you can observe the arresting nature of the Atlantic Ocean. Follow on to Guincho Beach, one of the best places in the world to windsurf. Go onto visit and have lunch in Cascais center and enjoy the quaint bay and small shops. Cascais is also home to Casa das Histórias, the museum of world renown artist, Paula Rego.

Cascais Flicker Gallery

Lisbon

Yes, you should stay in Sintra and visit Lisbon during the day, not the other way around! Enjoy the daytime splendour, golden light and sun-drenched terraces of Lisbon, and spend your nights in quiet repose and away from the hustle and bustle of the capital. You can actually enjoy the night life of Lisbon as well, as the trains run until 1am. Chalet Saudade – Vintage GuestHouse is only 100m away from the train station, where you can get to and from Lisbon in 40 minutes. Trains  run from every 10 to 30 minutes and return tickets will set you back as little as 5€ for a roundtrip journey. You can also buy all-day tickets, as well as tickets that include the Cascais train line and bus fares inside Lisbon so you can hop on and hop off at your leisure.

 Mafra

This little-known small town is home to one of the most beautiful monuments in the area – Mafra National Palace and Convent. This baroque and romantic monumental building is one of the most sumptuous in Portugal and encompasses a basilica and a marble floor rococo library.

You can also enjoy the trekking and hikes around the Tapada de Mafra National Park – an enclosed haven for wildlife. There you can find different species of deer, wild boar, foxes, birds of prey and many others coexisting in an unusually rich and diversified natural habitat. There is also the Recovery Centre for the Iberian Wolf just outside the park – a refuge and haven for one of the most critically endangered species in Portugal.

You can take the bus to Mafra just 600m away, in Portela bus station. It runs approximately every hour from 7 AM until 7 PM, and a return ticket will cost around 6.40€. Bus to Mafra

Mafra Flicker Gallery