SINTRA - Mountain of Sintra 30 Km north
of Lisbon -
Rock of friendship
Route link at the end of the page.
attention : The green gate access at the entrance is closed, because is a
private property . Climbers are asking the Town Hall for a solution
Sintra is a nice traditional town, 30 Km north of Lisbon. In this place
there are forests gardens and castles where some European Kings spent week ends.
Lots of tourists are coming every year to visit this nice place.
The climbing sectors are in the mountain near the Moorish Castle and are
oriented to west. The north rock is faced to norwest so, is the coldest one.
Sintra is a very cold climbing school in the winter, and very pleasant at
summer. If you go there in the winter, choose the afternoon .
How to go there:
If you stay in Lisbon you have a lot of hotels and hostages to choose, at
very good price ( Go to the link page ). To go to Sintra from Lisbon, you
must take the train at the station of Rossio, which is just in centre of Lisbon.
You also can take a taxi, if you are going to stay at a more distant hotel
and in this case it will cost you around $10 USD. If you stay in the city area
you will pay $6 USD. Distance from Lisbon to Sintra is around 35Km. Don't go
by taxi from Lisbon to Sintra ! As Sintra is normally cold in the winter
mornings, go to the Rossio train station only at 10 am . Is not necessary to go
Sintra is at the top centre of the map . The climb is
3 Km of road up the mountain .
Arriving the station don’t forget
to buy at the restaurant in front one or two sandwiches called "bifana" for your
lunch. It's a pork sandwich very special ! If you have lunch here, you will
pay around $5 USD for a complete meal : beer(Imperial), pork sandwich(Bifana), a
soup and a coffee ! Some times I go there to have my lunch ;is very quick, if
you eat on foot.
Take a ticket to Sintra ( ~$2USD )which is the end of the line - no mistakes
are possible ! Train will take 30 minutes travelling. In Sintra, you walk
around 500m to arrive to the center of the town. Here, stop at a very typical
coffee-house where climbers go and eat a sweet called " Travesseiro". You will
get the energy to begin walking up the 1 Km road to the routes and, also, the
last 200 meters stairs. Now, take the road just in front of this
coffee-house, from centre of Sintra, in the west direction to Cascais and
Colares. 200 meters later at the first road intersection you will see the sign
indication to go to Colares at right and, to left : Castelo dos Mouros, Covento
dos Capuchos and Palácio da Pena, which are the three monuments to visit at The
mountain. Turn left. Climbing routes are just near the "Castelo dos
Mouros" ( Moorish Castle ) . Some 20 meter after this road intersection,
there is another intersection where you must turn right at a very sharp curve in
direction to monument zone. Go for more 800m, until you see the green door-gate
at left of the road, to access the natural park. Enter the Gate and walk 100
meters until see the stairs at your right . Take it to the granite cliff. Count
205 stairs and you will reach the Solar (IV) route. It seams like a stone stair
on the cliff.
If you go by car, go to Sintra and park the car at the park. See the air
picture. Ask for the "Piriquita" coffee-house and rest. You can go by car
just near to the green door-gate of the forest park, because is possible to park
your car in front of the gate before the road curve passing in front of the
gate. Go slowly. See the map .
Is not possible to camp in Sintra, because it is a protected area. To look
for camping in the area, go to the page link . Any way, if you want to stay
near you must contact the Hostage of Sta. Eufémia which is the ideal residence
for young people . This hostage is near the park of Pena. Prices are good for
you. For the others that want to walk and visit Sintra must do reservations at
one of the several available Hotels. If you want to camp, please contact the
organisation responsible for the park zone. For more information about
staying in Portugal go to the page links .
Pure granite for adherence climbing
Access to routes
Some difficult to go up 205 stairs until the first routes. For other places
you must walk to look for, and ask for them, because some accesses are not
visible. For the access of Penedo North you must go on the top of the mountain
and then rappel to get the beginning of routes like BICO , AMIZADE , GRUTA.
Almost all routes are equipped. Some are not equipped and are used for top
rope, with an easy access to tops. There are around 38 routes with levels
between III and 7c and with 10 to 50 meters height.