The Tritões Coast

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Composed of lovely, golden beaches and magnificent craggy cliffs, the Sintra coast is a delight for those who prefer the sea to the country. Clear, clean waters, the radiant sun of the summer and the comfort of the landscape make the Sintra beaches a true paradise for relaxing and enjoying the summer.

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Adraga Beach

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Wild and rugged, intensely blue... simply beautiful!

Well known for its clean water and its vast expanse of sand that is easily accessible, Adraga Beach stands out for the stunning landscape which surrounds it. In 2003, it was considered one of the 20 best European beaches by Sunday Times readers and journalists and was awarded an honourable third place.

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Monserrate Park

monserrate 08The Monserrate Park, at one time a quinta of orchards and cultivated land, became a park in the 18th century, when Gerard DeVisme rented the quinta from its owners, the Mello e Castro family. Since that time, all those who followed him - William Beckford, the Cook family, the Portuguese State and finally, since September 2000, the Parques de Sintra-Monte da Lua, S.A. – have tried to create a unique and beautiful botanical garden. Francis Cook, who would later become the 1st Viscount of Monserrate played a fundamental role in its development.

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The Dune Triangle

pmacas 03Colares, an ancestral settlement which was once the capital of the municipality, dominates one of the most beautiful areas in the Sintra region, whose main geographical features are the Maçãs, or Apples, River, on whose banks the delicious fruits of Colares are grown, and the sandy plateau which stretches down to the coast in layered dunes.

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Beaches

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The golden sands, the pure Atlantic waters and the coastline with magnificent cliffs turn the Sintra beaches into real pleasure spots. Besides bathing and the radiant summer sun, the Sintra beaches also afford superb conditions for water sports, while the cliffs provide paragliding lovers with excellent jumping ramps.

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Parks and Gardens of Queluz National Palace

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The Palace is surrounded by a French geometric garden decorated with statues, balustrades, lakes and tiles.

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Magoito Beach

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The ideal beach for a perfect suntan...

This beach is located at the mouth of the Ribeira da Mata (Mata River) close to Magoito village, north-east of Sintra.

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Sintra’s beaches among the Top 100 Quality Coast Destinations

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This list of award-winning destinations results from a wide search and a strict selection process of more than 800 coastal and island destinations, which should be considered the most attractive for visitors interested in nature and landscape, a clean environment, local identity and cultural heritage.

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Pena Park

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Born out of D. Fernando II’s inspiration, the Pena Park is the result of the intellectual and artistic philosophies of the 19th century, the Romantic era. With the collaboration of an architect, baron Eschwege, and an engineer, baron Kessler, D. Fernando designed the whole park around the Pena Palace.

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St. Julian's Beach

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This beach is located further north within the district of Sintra. The River Falcão divides the beach between the two Districts of Sintra and Mafra; the largest stretch of sand falls within the Sintra District with approximately 2 km of sandy white beach and a very alluring blue sea.

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Samarra Beach

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Although one may admire the beauty of this small stretch of sand adorned by an unusual water-mill, few people will know that on top of the rocky cliff at the southern end of the beach, there existed, four thousand years ago, the settlement of Pedranta – one of the first settlements in the Sintra area.

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Parks and gardens

Parque das Merendas

Parque das Merendas

(Picnic Park)

In view of the fact that in the Parque das Merendas there is a small greenhouse with many species of aromatic plants, the Sintra Town Council decided to turn this area into an exhibition of aromatic and medicinal plants, providing information on their diversity, properties, uses and legends. New plants have been introduced, and posters placed to help identify the various species.

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Azenhas do Mar Beach

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A veritable picture postcard, Azenhas do Mar boasts a stunning location where houses are perched on the side of a cliff all the way down to the sea and are bathed in dreamy white light, at once beautiful and awe-inspiring.

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Praia da Ursa (Bear Beach)

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On its north side one can see two gigantic rocks, the first of which reminds us of a proud female bear.

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Monserrate Park’s Mexico Garden

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The renovation of the 100-year old Mexico Garden, which is part of Sintra’s area that has been listed in Unesco’s world heritage sites, necessitated the importation of 3500 plants mainly from the American continent at a cost of 140 thousand euros.

Francis Cook, later Viscount of Monserrate, ordered plants from all over the world for Monserrate, and organized them by geographical areas (1860-1870).

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Big Beach

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As the name suggests, this is the largest beach along the Sintra coastline where a vast expanse of clean sand delights holidaymakers. The golden sands, the clean Atlantic waters and the coastline itself, with its magnificent steep cliffs, make this Sintra beach a delightful spot at any time of year.

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Pirate Bay

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The “malveirões,” pirate clans who lived part of the year in Malveira da Serra, tricked and attracted the boats that came close to Cabo da Roca by lighting up fires in order to make it look like they were near the capital. After the boats were shipwrecked, the survivors were killed and the wreck was looted.

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Freedom Park - Parque da Liberdade

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In the Park there is a skating rink of adequate size for roller-skate hockey games, where, up to 12 years ago, the Sintra Hockey Club trained, and played against rival teams.

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Apple Beach

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This is a golden sandy beach at the mouth of the river which gives it its name: as the story goes, during the autumn, the river would carry with it apples from the farms it ran through, thus giving the beach its name. The village began to spring up at the end of the 19th century when Father Matias del Campo, the Colares parish priest, Manuel Prego, a local from Azenhas do Mar, and the composer and painter, Alfredo Keil, who wrote the Portuguese national anthem ("A Portuguesa"), built the first three houses.

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Fojo and the Alvidar Stone

 

Fojo - Praia da Adraga

It is said that the Romans believed that at the bottom of the Fojo hole there was a 90 metre Triton playing music on a shell.

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