This full-day private tour explores the lesser-known wine growing region of Colares and the historical town of Sintra.
Your day begins with a stroll through the romantic and historical Sintra. Sintra, the Moon Hill, is a place full of magic and mystery, where Nature and Man have combined in such a perfect symbiosis that UNESCO has granted it World Heritage Site status. For such a relatively small town, Sintra contains an abundance of historic monuments ranging from extravagant palaces and decadent mansions to ancient ruinous castles. In the centre of Sintra there will be the opportunity to appreciate Travesseiros (made of puff pastry with a filling of eggs and almond cream) and Queijadas de Sintra (prepared with a combination of cheese, eggs, milk, flour, and sugar).
From Sintra, continue to the coastal village of Colares and a prestigious wine region. First stop is a co-operative winery founded in 1931 that is responsible for more than 50% of the total production and over 90% of the winegrowers of Colares. Its beautiful building dates back to the beginning of the 20th century, with an imposing interior, housing wooden barrels, casks, and vats. It is the maturing and aging place "par excellence" for the wines of this appellation. Learn about all aspects of the Colares wine culture, from the rare local grape varieties to the unique aspects of its viticulture and climate. Complete the experience with a tasting of Colares wines.
Enjoy a delicious lunch 30 metres from the Atlantic, with a view over Praia Grande and its magnificent swell. You will experience the fish of Portugal that many consider one of the best in the world. Perhaps the reason why the Portuguese are the third largest consumers of fish per capita in the world.
After lunch you will visit another winery located on the north slope of the Sintra mountain. It has a breathtaking view over the north/west coast of Lisbon and the Atlantic Ocean. It also features beautiful gardens; one of the owner's passions is roses and the vines are planted just inside the gardens. The winery’s origin goes as far back as the beginning of the 18th century. Wine production was interrupted in 1903 but 100 years later today´s owner brought this estate back to life. On this terroir, they grow fresh and balanced wines with strong savoury sea notes. The wines are characterised for their aging potential, their character, and their complexity.
Return to Lisbon driving along the beautiful, rugged coast and its turquoise Atlantic waters and there may be time for a final surprise before arriving to your hotel.
- Experienced, knowledgable guide
- Private transportation
- Delicious lunch
- Visits and wine tastings at two wineries
Pick-up from hotels in Lisbon.