Sintra & beyond
The location of Quinta Sao Bento is perfect for discovering Sintra (6 minutes away by car, or a lovely 20 minute walk). The fishing village of Cascais is also nearby, and Lisbon is under an hour away. For golf fanatics there are several excellent courses in the vicinity and the wonderful white sandy beaches of Praia Grande and Praia das Macas are perfect for those who want to jump the waves, top up the tan and enjoy some fresh grilled fish. Click here to see more about beaches and golf.
Sintra has inspired and fascinated many romantic figures in history with its exotic and mystical atmosphere. Byron described Sintra as one of the most beautiful spots in the world, 'a garden of Eden, a paradise'. Hans Christian Anderson who visited Sintra in 1866 described Sintra as unrivalled, the most beautiful and lauded part of Portugal. The historic sites of Sintra are plentiful and stunning so make sure you have a good guide book to take you through the fascinating history and sites. These include Sintra National Palace, Monserate Palace, Quinta da Regaleira and Convento dos Capuchos.
Apart from Sintra, the nearby small towns of Estoril and Cascais are worth a visit (20 -25 mins by car). A day trip to Lisbon is strongly recommended (40 mins by car, depending on traffic).
An English speaking guide can be arranged upon request for visits to historical Sintra as well as Lisbon and other places of interest.