24/06/2013

At the Inhaca Park, na Tapada do Inhaca

... circling the steep hill we pass along the luxurious green of Inhaca Park and start our return... 

22/06/2013

Redwood Road - Estrada das Sequóias

It's an easy stroll this Redwood Road walk, up and down a gentle and windy slope from Estrada Velha de Colares to Estrada dos Capuchos.
A fresh escape under generous shadows fits the inclement summer days ahead. Along a pavemented road serving several farms and cottages and not far away from Monte Rodel.
Difficulty: easy. Length: 4,8 kms



21/06/2013

PERCURSO 04: SANTA EUFÉMIA. The Santa Eufemia Road, Chapel and Belvedere

PERCURSO 04: Caminho de Sta. Eufemia - Da Qta. Valle Flor/Miramar a Santa Eufémia a Gruta - Capela - Miradouro - Antiga Pousada da Juventude - Banhos de Sta. Eufémia - Descida à Calçada da Pena - A Tapada do Inhaca - Castelo de Betão - Calçada da Pena - Chalet Condessa d' Edla - Quinta Valle Flor.
 

Our journey starts near the western gate of Parque da Pena and close to the main entrance to Quinta Valle Flor, previously known as Quinta Miramar.
There is an old legend to be told along this walk, the Santa Eufemia legend, and the story of a portuguese queen on escape to Brasil, hidden in one of the cottages bordering the road. Opportunity also for a glimpse to the entry of a small cavern once inhabited, this after performing a pass nearby High Cross / Cruz Alta, the highest point of Sintra mountain. 
Afterwards we'll arrive at Santa Eufemia chapel and a nearby belvedere with a stunning view. Circling the steep hill we pass along the luxurious green of Inhaca Park and start our return to the departure point near Valle Flor Farm.
The journey is about 5 kms long, offers a medium/high difficulty on some steep, sandy and rocky segments, and takes 3 hours.


A nossa jornada começa perto do portão ocidental do Parque da Pena e junto à entrada principal da Quinta Valle Flor, anteriormente conhecida como Quinta Miramar.
Há uma antiga lenda a ser contada ao longo desta caminhada, a lenda de Santa Eufémia, e a história de uma rainha portuguesa em fuga para o Brasil, escondida numa das quintas que bordejam a estrada. Oportunidade também para dar uma olhada à entrada de uma pequena gruta que já foi habitada, isto após passarmos nas proximidades da Cruz Alta, o ponto mais alto da Serra de Sintra.
Chegaremos depois à capela de Santa Eufémia e ao miradouro próximo, com uma vista deslumbrante. Circundando toda esta íngreme colina, passamos ao longo do verde luxuriante da Tapada do Inhaca e iniciaremos o nosso regresso ao ponto de partida perto da quinta Valle Flor .
O passeio é de cerca de 5 km de extensão, oferece uma dificuldade média / alta em alguns dos seus troços mais íngremes, arenosos e pedregosos, e dura umas 3 horas.




Watchtower at Yellow Stone

Mostly used for fire surveillance, this watchtower. 
We can reach Cabeço da Raposa (Fox' Summit) at top of the Yellow Stone hill, negotiating a trek uphill from Estrada da Serra, near Yellow Stone base camp. Easier yet parting from the road conecting Capuchos to Malveira after the crossroads to Peninha


17/06/2013

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14/06/2013

A view to the hill and the Moors' Castle from the Sintra Belvedere



From Capuchos to Azoia crossroads



(Eng.) From Capuchos crossroads follow a sandy path towards west and up the hill. 700 meters ahead on the east side of the road, a sign on a rock of the cliff perpetuates the memory of those who died fighting the great fire of 1966. Some cedars survived the blaze destruction, but just before the Monge (Monk) top on the right side of the path, there is a magnificent forest filled with orange reflections at dusk. 
A little further down the Monge geodesic mark we find a great "tholos" dated from 2500 BC in granite blocks, consisting of a large circular chamber of 4.5 meters in diameter and 3.5 meters high and a vestibule of 6 5 meters in length that is oriented facing cape Espichel. Today, 4500 years later, there is also an Our Lady of Cape (Espichel) venerated in Sintra.
Continue along the path being followed from Capuchos until reaching the main road, and proceed to the west till Peninha. Enjoy the scenery from the top and pay a visit to the Chapel of St. Saturino.
From Peninha continue along the paved road, now descending, and turn left at Erviedeira path, that narrows even more. Following the route indicated on the map soon we reach the crossroads to Azoia and Cabo da Roca.

Misty and always mythic

Photo taken from the Urca belvedere, road from Capuchos to 'Pé da Serra'

The blue lagoon's cascade

13/06/2013

The Blue Lagoon 'Lagoa Azul' of Sintra

Close to Penha Longa resort at foothill of the mountain, Lagoa Azul is a mirror of blue quietude among all the greens of Sintra. Normal to observe here flocks of wild ducks swiming or simply resting under the fresh shadows


03/06/2013

'Cabeço da Raposa' at top of the Yellow Stone summit

Overlooking the southeast part of Sintra sierra, 'Cabeço da Raposa' hosts an observation tower looking for fires during the summer season

Welcome to Pedra Amarela, Cabeço da Raposa (Yellow Stone, 'Fox Hill')