Hiking & Horse Riding

Sintra is a terrific place to get out and stride, with waymarked hiking trails (look for red and yellow stripes) that corkscrew up into densely wooded hills strewn with giant boulders. Justifiably popular is the gentle 50-minute trek from Sintra-Vila to Castelo dos Mouros. You can continue to Palácio Nacional da Pena (another 15 minutes). From here you can ascend Serra de Sintra’s highest point, the 529m Cruz Alta (High Cross), named after its 16th-century cross, with amazing views all over Sintra. It’s possible to continue on foot to São Pedro de Penaferrim and loop back to Sintra-Vila. Detailed hiking (and mountain biking) routes can be downloaded from Active Sintra (www.activesintra.com).

Horse riding is available in the Parque da Pena, from 30-minute teasers (€15) to six-hour excursions (€100).