The weather may be changeable, but spring flowers are going strong - from the Atlantic coast to the parks of Sintra you can see examples of stunning wild flowers as well as wisteria, camellias, azaleas and Rhododendrons in full bloom.
If you are in the Lisbon area this spring, hop on a train to Sintra - bring a camera, jump on a no sweat bike tour and have a great day out!
A couple of days ago we were sent a wonderful little picture taken near the Pena Palace in Sintra, around 1890.
The caption on the photo had the following in Portuguese:
"On the picture from left to right
José de Mello, José de Sena, the Marchioness of Beautiful, Afonso, Benjamin Pinto, the Queen Mother Maria Pia (roughly in her 50's) and Alfredo Albuquerque on a bicycle outing in the Serra de Sintra.
I am told that this ride was on the road from Cascais to Colares, after Malveira, Alcabideche en route to Penha Longa, through the pine forest and then Estoril, returning by road from Sintra.
It seems that these trips were frequent in 1893."
If those sturdy ladies and gents in bloomers and on single speed bicycles enjoyed it so, image the fun of being able to cycle the Sintra hills without breaking a sweat. Recreate their rides in a part of the world that has thankfully been keep very much as it was all those years ago!
If you have looked up Sintra, it's quite likely you have seen one of the superb photos by acclaimed photographer Taylor Moore. His style is inimitable and he has managed to capture the elusive essence of mystery and magic that can be found in Sintra and it's wonderful parks and palaces.
Taylor has accepted our request to show you some of his secret spots in Sintra and also to share his own special photography techniques, so that you can bring home your own unique mementos of this superb Unesco World Heritage site. These are private tours and are offered only to small groups, to make sure you get Taylors undived attention and to ensure that we can access places that are normally restricted to visitors.
The use of ebikes means you can easily cycle from on site to another, fast enough to make the most of your time and slow enough to enjoy the ride and outstanding sights. You can find out all about Taylor and his ebike photo tour with Park E Bike right here. See you soon!
Waterfall in Monserrate
Following the spring showers, all the main streams and waterways in the Sintra hills fill up and the result is a wonderful array of waterfalls all throughout the Sintra parks.
There is no better place to observe cascading water than the lovely park and palace of Monserrate. The pride of place is taken by Beckford's waterfall, just as you enter the park grounds.
The rain also ensures that all the lakes and reservoirs are at their full splendor, making this one of the best times of year to visit - hop on a Park E Bike and see just what we mean!