If you are looking for the way to explore Sintra by bike, then this post is just for you. Read on to find the best bike routes in Sintra.
We've put together some top tips that will help you plan your cycling tour of this magical destination. The first thing to do is decide on the kind of route that suits your needs best: there are many different ways to explore Sintra by bike, depending on how much time and effort you want to invest in getting from point A to point B.
Once you have decided which type of bicycle is right for you (ebike, mountain bike or road bike), all that remains is choosing your preferred Sintra bike route and packing accordingly. That might mean a beach towel, light picnic lunch or your photographic equipment, depending on which bike route you choose. Here are our suggested best bike routes in Sintra:
King of the Hill | Moderate | Half Day
If you only have a few hours to see the highlights of Sintra, this e-bike ride is all you need to be the King of the Hill. The excellent views and sublime architecture of Pena Palace & the Moorish Castle make this the perfect tour. 11 km / 300 meters climbing.
Sintra Parks Epic | Challenging | Full Day
Experience some of the most lavish gardens and romantic architecture in Sintra, at Monserrate Palace & Park as well as the most humble and enchanting hidden monastery at Capuchos Hermitage, surrounded by native oak forest. This scenic bike route is great for a sporty all day tour with time to explore these world class parks and palaces. 24 km / 650 meters climbing.
Atlantic Adventure | Challenging | Full Day
Make the most of your day in Sintra with a chance to visit Monserrate Palace & Gardens, Capuchos Hermitage, Moorish Castle, Pena Palace and Azenhas do Mar, on this challenging route from the old town to the sparkling Atlantic coast and back. For more miles, more sites and a deeper experience, this is the perfect way to spend a full day in Sintra. 37 km / 750 meters climbing.
Cape Escape | Challenging | Full Day
Challenging ride out to the Westernmost cape, Cabo da Roca, on the Atlantic coast and back, with some very steep climbs through Penedo and a steep cobbled downhill from Pena Palace. Perfect for a an all day adventure to a signature landmark. 35 km / 850 meters climbing.
Whether you are riding an ebike or a regular bike in Sintra, you will love our detailed route guides which feature hands-free Navigation, Interactive Route Map with Points of Interest, Recommendations and Spoken directions (in English). Don't forget sunscreen and a light jacket whichever Sintra bike route you pick!
You can access our Free Sintra bike route guide app below.
Park E Bike electric bicycle rentals and tours are all about offering cyclists and non-cyclists alike the unique opportunity and the freedom to silently explore the undiscovered in one of the most charismatic locations in southern Europe.
One of of goals is to really promote clean, sustainable transport that is viable to all types of travelers visiting the UNESCO heritage site of Sintra: e-Bikes! On a recent Park E Bike day trip a client told us that in the 5 years he has lived in Portugal he had never seen so much of Sintra as on his e-bike day trip: "I love the sense of freedom, there were things I had never even noticed".
I love the sense of freedom, there were things I had never even noticed
We make sure our E-bikes are perfectly suited to a broad range of people, from the expert cyclist to the occasional bicycle rider to ensure maximum comfort, enjoyment and fun on our e-bike tours and rentals. With powerful electric motors and a long range battery, you can explore from the forests to the Atlantic ocean and cycle back on a single charge.
All the Park E Bike staff are locals, and we want to preserve the natural allure of Sintra by helping visitors tread lightly along the small roads and lanes, as they discover a world class travel destination. Come and join us!
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!
Some of the unique fine art pieces and palaces in Sintra are now on available for online viewing thanks to Google's Art Project. At at time when people are unable to travel due to Corona virus restrictions, that's pretty cool!
That's right, you can now see a selection of some of the signature artworks from the comfort of your desk chair or mobile device.
Google's tool offers you a chance to scan through works of art from around the world and perhaps find the one that you find most engaging, so you know exactly what to look for and make the most of your precious travel time.
It is also a godsend to all those who are for any reason unable to travel physically to witness first hand such artistic delights.
If this all seems a little too digital and inane and you are more of a tactile person, then take the trip out to Sintra and see these splendid artworks for yourself.
We have had a lot of people ask us what an E-Bike is really all about - Is it not cheating? Where is the throttle? How fast can I go? Here's what you need to know.
In short, the E Bike makes hilly rides accessible to unseasoned riders, and allows seasoned riders to enjoy all the fun of cycling, without breaking a sweat - which is great if you want to visit multiple destinations on your day out without walking around in your cycle gear! I say this as a seasoned mountain biker who loves nothing more that hitting the Sintra trails.
Our electric bicycles have been very carefully chosen to be easy and comfortable to ride along the scenic but sometimes steep and windy roads around Sintra. With a low centre of gravity and wide, 26" tires, our e-Bikes offer a great cycling experience to riders of any level.
Why go electric? Because it's fun, clean and easy! The added power means you can easily cover any of our tour routes in a day, allowing plenty of time to visit the beautiful parks, palaces and monuments in between - all without breaking a sweat.
If you are visiting Sintra or have friends on their way, do everyone a real favour and ask them to leave their car at home. Parking is expensive and sparse and the old streets were not designed with vehicles other than horse carriages in mind.
Sintra: a UNESCO World Heritage site, one of the most attractive royal towns in Portugal and certainly one of the most popular destinations.
When the monarchs first put Sintra on the map, in their bid to escape the summer heat of Lisbon, cars were not even a distant dream - today they can be a real world nightmare in the town center.
If you are visiting from Lisbon for the day, consider taking a train to Sintra and going on foot instead of driving.
If walking is not your favorite thing, you can always take the 434 bus to visit the beautiful Pena Palace and Moorish castle. Be warned that in summer time the 434 bus queue can be such that some visitors have to wait for the next bus.
Without any doubt though, the most environmentally conscious way to explore is on foot.
But the most enjoyable way to cover the distance between the parks and palaces is by bicycle! With an electric assisted E-bike, you get the all the fun and freedom of cycling without the effort of pedal pushing up the hills of Sintra, and you will have no trouble at all to find parking. Enjoy!
Autumn and winter may be the very best time to visit Sintra! Sounds far fetched? Not really - here are 4 reasons why you should visit Sintra this winter:
1) Less People
These days it's hard to find a beautiful destination that no else has found yet and when the sun is out, so is everybody else. The cooler temperatures of autumn and winter mean that sun chasers simply head to the tropics, leaving wonderful locations that have a lot more to offer than just the summer heat free for you to explore at your leisure.
2) Less Traffic
Whether you like to walk, run or cycle on your travels, less people also means less traffic; less tour buses and fewer clusters of packaged tourists flocking about and that means more space and freedom for you. If you're a cyclist, low season means "low traffic" becomes "no traffic" and you can have the roads and lanes of Sintra to yourself.
3) Lower Prices
From flights and hotels to tour operators and outfitters, you can get great deals by picking low season travel dates to Sintra. Almost all hotels and airlines offer substantial discounts on their standard rates. Once you factor in lower prices and less crowds and hassle, you can be onto a great deal just for choosing to enjoy your vacation when everyone else is not.
4) Unique Sights
Naturally not all destinations are ideal for visiting during the fall, but Sintra is certainly one of them - ancient moss covered walls, mist shrouded palaces and cascading waterfalls are all part of the low season scenery. If you want to go beyond the ordinary holiday snaps, some of the most exquisite sights can really only be seen during autumn and winter.
If you have been to Sintra in the Fall or Winter, get in touch and let us know what you thought!
I am delighted to announce that Park E Bike has just launched brand new Special Interest tours just for you! Why just for you? These new private tours are aimed at people who want to explore beyond the sightseeing tour and really want to have unique local experiences.
Following repeated inquiries for visits to the highly acclaimed but little known Colares wineries and their truly unique Sand Wines, we have created an all new Sintra Wine Route E-bike tour which will take you many of the most emblematic places of this ancient Denominated Wine Region. This is a private e-bike tour which will take you to the heart of the Colares DOC, where almost extinct, original vines grow in sandy soils, close to the the Atlantic ocean.
You will get the chance to taste some of the rarest wines in Europe in some of the oldest cellars in Portugal, cycling from place to place on our No Sweat e-bikes to make sure you can enjoy the whole day at your own pace. You can see all the details of our new wine route tour right here.
Posted by Martin - partner and e-bike aficionado.