Hiking and Yoga
Hiking and Yoga usually rock your holidays? Spiced up with a little culture as well? Explore the versatile and breathtaking nature and landscapes of the Serra de Sintra – just around the corner of Lisbon. Then book now!
This package includes:
- 7 nights in double room / suite in villa with pool & sea view
- 5x guided hiking tours (3-5h)
- 10x yoga lessons (1h)
- 7x (organic) breakfast
- 5x vegetarian lunch
- Welcome dinner & seafood lunch
- Coffee, tea, water, juice and fruits inclusive
- Optional: dinner package, massage, activities
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Guincho Bay Villa
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Hiking in Portugal’s best hiking area near Lisbon:
Hiking, yoga, culture, healthy nutrition, comfy living and relaxing.
If you are looking for a holiday like this, you’ve just found the right location!
The hikes take place in the nature reserve Serra de Sintra, a forest covered mountain range, which extends from Sintra to Cabo da Roca, the most westernmost point of Europe. Over just a few square kilometers you will find a very diverse nature with walks through a vast variety of different landscapes, such as mountains, villages, fields, forests, coastal, beaches, offering wonderful hiking trails for all kinds of fitness levels.
Our local hiking guide knows the area like the back of his hand and during the hikes through the countryside he will show the uniqueness of this area on paths only a few know.
Daily yoga provides a good start into the day and helps to regenerate from the physical challenges of the hikes. This way you stay fit and trained and will return completely relaxed from your hiking and yoga holidays
You will be accommodated in a comfortable villa or house. Our accommodations are well chosen, situated in prime locations, of high standard and maintained with special attention to details. There are local hosts responsible for every of your needs dedicated to making your stay a pleasant and unforgettable one.
The south-facing location guarantees sun all day long!
The food consists of organic breakfast, healthy vegetarian lunch, welcome dinner and a Portuguese seafood lunch (or dinner) including soft drinks and fruits. The fully equipped kitchen is always at your disposal for preparing your favorite dishes with fresh ingredients from the nearby supermarket. There are also many possibilities of eating out in nearby restaurants.
In case you have energy left over, you will find numerous possibilities for recreational activities nearby, such as surfing, golfing, climbing, horse riding, kite surfing, stand up paddle or sightseeing in Lisbon and Sintra and its surroundings. Praia do Guincho, our home spot, located only 5 minutes by car from the villa, is one of the most beautiful beaches in this region and offers ideal surfing conditions for beginners and advanced.
PWith the hiking and yoga package you will enjoy guided hiking tours and yoga lessons on 5 days.
You will start your days with a morning meditation and gentle yoga classes, which aims to prepare your body and mind for the challenges to come. The energy needed for the hikes you will accumulate during the healthy and delicious organic breakfast.
After breakfast, you go for a hike in the Serra de Sintra and its surroundings. Depending on the group’s fitness and skill level of the group the tours will be adapted. You’ll enjoy breathtaking impressions of the nature surrounding us here – promised.
During the hikes, you will find nice cozy places to rest, pause and refuel by have a quick Portuguese coffee, a so called bica (espresso) in one of the typical “tascas” (portuguese bar/cafe) along the way.
After hiking, you will enjoy your healthy vegetarian lunch. At noon you can and can relax and stretch your muscles and ligaments in the afternoon yoga class. This will help you recover quickly from the efforts of the day hiking and start the relaxing part of the evening.
Then everyone does as he/she prefers: Dining all together during the sunset on the terrace, relaxing with a soft drink or tea by the pool, lounging at the couch and reading a book in front of the fireplace, or just hanging out in the hammock… We are sure that you will find a variety of options that makes you happy.
Saturday (arrival/departure day) and Sunday can be used to explore the surrounding area (e.g. sightseeing in Lisbon, Sintra and Cascais), lounging at the beach, the pool or enjoying one of the many recreational activities possible nearby, such as surfing, horseback riding, golf, rock climbing, mountain biking, scuba diving … and and and (whatever you want – we make it happen!)
After this week you will have experienced fantastic hiking trails, improved your yoga skills and met some new like-minded people. You are going to return fit and relaxed and cope easily with everyday live back home taking with you lots of good memories and looking forward to your next stay.
The food consists of an organic breakfast, healthy vegetarian lunch, welcome dinner and a Portuguese seafood lunch, including water, coffee. tea and fruit for free. Vegan/vegetarian dinners are offered optional. The fully equipped kitchen is always at your disposal for preparing your favorite dishes with fresh ingredients from the nearby (super-)market. There are also many possibilities of eating out.
In the morning we serve you a healthy organic breakfast (buffet), consisting of cereal, organic fruit, bread, rolls, homemade jam, milk, yogurt, typical sausages and cheeses of the region and other Portuguese delicacies. We will also serve freshly juiced juices and green smoothies made from fruit and veggies of the season. Moreover, coffee, various teas, water and fruit are at your disposal during your stay at the Karma Surf Retreat.
Lunch & Dinner
At noon we arrange a delicious healthy vegetarian lunch to enjoy after your activities. On top, we will organize a welcome dinner plus a Portuguese seafood lunch. At all other times there is a fully equipped kitchen in the villa at your disposal, so you can prepare your favorite dishes and dine together, for example, on the terrace overlooking the sea watching the sunset.
In case you would like to eat out, there are several restaurants nearby, including typical Portuguese, seafood, grilled chicken, snacks, pizza and also a gourmet restaurant. For sure you will find something you like. You have an even bigger variety of restaurants in Cascais (15 mins). Even Lisbon’s stunning culinary diversity (including vegetarian) is only 30 minutes by car and will not leave any wish unfulfilled.
Hiking Area (Lisbon Area)
The National Park of the Serra de Sintra and its surroundings is truly a hiker’s paradise!Nowhere else do we have seen so many different landscapes and diverse nature combined in an relatively small area with hikes in local reach along the rugged coastline, over beaches, through partly poison ivy covered forests (eucalyptus, cork oaks, pines), through small picturesque villages, along flower-lined roads through blooming meadows. Hiking through the Sintra mountains not only offers stunning views over land and ocean, but also destinations of cultural interest: Moorish castle, Franciscan monastery, freemasions sites, palaces and beautiful gardens.
The mountains of the Serra de Sintra spread about 16km from the UNESCO World Heritage Sintra to Cabo da Roca at the Atlantic Ocean, the westernmost point of continental Europe. Sintra itself is a small, ancient town with many castles and villas. Makes you sense the old times when the nobles strolled through the narrow alleys. In ancient times Sintra was known as Mons Lunae (Mountains of the Moon) and was considered a haven of Diana the Huntress, the Romans called Cynthia, after which time the city Cintra was named.
The highest elevation is 530 meters and various hiking routes can be selected: From relaxed “walks” on wide easy going roads, through villages, forests and meadows, to steep, rocky footpaths along the rugged, wild coast and in the mountains of the Serra de Sintra.
One of our favorite hikes walks through surrounding villages to Praia do Guincho and then up along the rugged coastline with its small untouched coves all the way to Cabo da Roca.
The next one passes a Franciscan monastery (Convento dos Capuchos) down to the foot of the Sintra Hills through the vineyards of Colares and back up again through a small mountain village with windmills heading into a passage of a subtropical-like forest.
Another trail leads to two of the most beautiful beaches of this region to an excellent fish restaurant right on the beach (Praia Adraga). It’s most likely to have the day end here taking a refreshing dip in the Ocean as well as having a fresh fish alongside a local glass of wine.
Along the way, you will always find stunning places to pause for a while or to have a snack or Portuguese coffee (bica/espresso).
Guide (Lisbon Area)
Your hiking guide: Miguel Borges
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Born: February 1st, 1988
Lives in: Lisbon (Portugal)
Profession: Mountain bike / climbing / hiking guide and personal trainer
Favorite sport: mountain biking, hiking
Favorite food: Eliseu´s Picanha
Hobbies: surfing, mountain biking, climbing
Miguel loves adventures and being outdoors. From Hiking, Climbing or Mountain Biking he knows a bit of everything outdoor related. From a young age he would venture on the forests of Sintra exploring new trails to hike or ride with his Mountain Bike, now he knows every nook and cranny of the park and would happily share its best secrets to the avid adventurer. With a technical course of adventure activities a college degree of tourism management and a technical course of Climbing he is fully qualified to ensure you have an exciting and safe time.
When he’s not guiding tourists through the park he would spend his free time exploring new routes to take, challenging himself with mountain bike rides, surfing, climbing and pursuing his ultimate goal of exploring all the natural parks of Portugal.
- Sea view
- Internet flatrate/ WiFi
- Maid cleaning service
- homemade marmelade
- daily fruit
- Cofee & tea
- Water & juice
- Welcome drink
- Organization of activities
- Airport shuttle:
Guincho: 50€/trip (1-3 pers.) 80€/trip (4-6 pers.)
- Extra Yoga: 40€/hour
- Massage: 55€/hour
- Surf equipment (Surfboards 50€/week, wetsuit, Stand-up-Paddle)*
- Child Care: 15€/hour
- Horseback riding (at the beach)
- Surf- und Yoga classes are held Monday to Friday.
- Arrival & departure according to dates on Saturday.
- Extension weeks: 1=5%, 2+=10% discount off the full price.
- For single occupancy of a double room (optional) a surcharge of 400€ will be issued.
- In high-season the minimum required number of participants is 6 persons