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Azenhas do Mar is a seaside town in the municipality of Sintra, Portugal. It is part of Colares civil parish. It is located just 30 km away from Lisboa, near Cabo da Roca, Palácio da Pena, and other attractions.


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How to visit Azenhas do Mar ?

Why Traveling There?


Traveling to Azenhas do Mar is a unique experience that combines the tranquility of a breathtaking cliffside village with the charm of Portugal's picturesque coastal scenery. This small seaside village is known for its white houses perched on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, offering stunning views. It's an ideal destination for those seeking solitude, natural beauty, and authentic Portuguese culture.

How to Get There?


Azenhas do Mar is easily accessible from Lisbon by car or public transport. If by car, you can take the scenic route along the coast, which takes about 40 minutes. Alternatively, you can take a train from Lisbon to Sintra, and then a bus to Azenhas do Mar, which takes around 2 hours.

What to Book in Advance?


It's a good idea to book your accommodation in advance, especially during the summer months when the village can get busy. If you plan to dine at the renowned Azenhas do Mar restaurant, a reservation is highly recommended due to its popularity.

What are the Costs?


The cost of visiting Azenhas do Mar is relatively low compared to other tourist destinations. Meals at local restaurants typically range from €10 to €30 per person. Accommodation varies depending on the season but expect to pay around €50-€150 per night for a standard double room. Public transportation is also affordable, with a round trip from Lisbon to Azenhas do Mar costing around €10.

What are the Best Things to Do?


Azenhas do Mar offers numerous activities for visitors. Take a stroll through the narrow streets of the village and immerse yourself in the serene atmosphere. Visit the local beach and take a refreshing dip in the Atlantic Ocean. For those who enjoy hiking, the nearby Sintra-Cascais Natural Park offers plenty of trails with stunning views.

Where to Eat?


The village offers a handful of excellent dining options. Azenhas do Mar restaurant is a must-visit, known for its delicious seafood and stunning ocean views. Another great option is Refugio da Roca, which serves traditional Portuguese dishes with a modern twist. For dessert, try the local pastries at Café da Ribeira.

Where to Stay?


Stay at the charming Casa das Azenhas, a beautiful guesthouse located right on the cliffs with amazing sea views. Another great option is the Moby Dick Lodge in nearby Sintra, which offers cosy rooms and a friendly atmosphere. For a more luxurious stay, check out the Sintra Marmoris Palace.

Off the Beaten Path


For a unique experience in Azenhas do Mar, visit the nearby Piscinas Naturais. These natural sea water pools are carved into the rocks and filled by the tides, offering a refreshing and unique swimming experience. Enjoy the peaceful setting and take in the stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean, making your trip to Azenhas do Mar an unforgettable one.




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1 - Sintra-Cascais Natural Park

The Sintra-Cascais Natural Park is a park on the Portuguese Riviera, one of the 13 Natural Parks of Portugal. While only established in 1994 as a Natural Park by the Portuguese Government, it has been protected since 1981.

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2 - Praia da Adraga

Praia da Adraga is a North Atlantic beach in Portugal, near to the town of Almoçageme, Sintra. It has been recommended in British newspapers.

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3 - Tours & Sightseeing | Sintra Day trips from Lisbon

   8 km away

Tour some of Portugal's most magical cultural heritage, and enjoy the lush gardens, lakes, grottoes and enigmatic constructions of Quinta da Regaleira. Visit the famous Initiation Well, and other places that hide mysterious meanings evoked by orders such as Freemasonry and the Knights Templar! Stop for a lunch break in old Sintra, and enjoy some free time to explore the historical charm of old Sintra, and the opportunity to taste the traditional pastry from Sintra, Travesseiro! Feel like royalty as you enter the romantic Pena Palace and Park, a unique expression of the architectural Romanticism. Like something out of a fairy tale, it's breathtaking architecture blends many styles together: Gothic, neo-Manuelin, neo-Islamic and neo-Renaissance. With an astonishing variety of plants and trees, amazing views of the Moorish castle, and the Atlantic Ocean, it's a perfect way to end the day before returning to Lisbon.

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4 - Quinta da Regaleira

   7 km away

Quinta da Regaleira is a quinta located near the historic centre of Sintra, Portugal. It is classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO within the "Cultural Landscape of Sintra".

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5 - Cabo da Roca

   8 km away

Cabo da Roca or Cape Roca is a cape which forms the westernmost point of the Sintra Mountain Range, of mainland Portugal, of continental Europe, and of the Eurasian land mass.

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6 - Morning | Castelo dos Mouros Sintra

   8 km away

Looking for the best views of Sintra? You'll get them up at this 10th-century Moorish monument. Skip the line and walk the beautiful pathways, see ancient artifacts from the Bronze Age, Iron Age, and Neolithic period. All the while you'll learn about the castle's history and see Sintra, the Palace of Pena, and the hills beyond from a whole new perspective.

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7 - Praia do Guincho

   12 km away

Praia do Guincho is a popular Atlantic beach located on Portugal's Estoril coast, 5 km from the town of Cascais, and is located in the municipality of Cascais, more precisely in the parishes of Cascais and Alcabideche, in the District of Lisbon.

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8 - Mafra National Palace

   16 km away

The Palace of Mafra, also known as the Palace-Convent of Mafra and the Royal Building of Mafra, is a monumental Baroque and Neoclassical palace-monastery located in Mafra, Portugal, some 28 kilometres from Lisbon.

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9 - Evening | Park and National Palace of Pena

   8 km away

This picture-perfect mountain retreat was a monastery until transformed into a private palace by King Ferdinand II. The surrounding Park of Pena is just as big of a treat, full of exotic plant life and other secret treasures. Discover for yourself the 'Crown of the Sintra region'.

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10 - Queluz National Palace

   20 km away

The Palace of Queluz is an 18th-century palace located at Queluz, a city of the Sintra Municipality, in the Lisbon District, on the Portuguese Riviera.

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11 - Jerónimos Monastery

   27 km away

The Jerónimos Monastery or Hieronymites Monastery, is a former monastery of the Order of Saint Jerome near the Tagus river in the parish of Belém, in the Lisbon Municipality, Portugal; it was secularised on 28 December 1833 by state decree and its ownership transferred to the charitable institution, Real Casa Pia de Lisboa.

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12 - Quad Biking / Buggy Tours in Sintra

   13 km away

Discover Portugal's best landscapes in this 3-hour Buggy tour in Sintra. You will enjoy nature and mountains while experiencing an unforgettable moment full of adrenaline! Half an hour away from Lisbon, we found the beautiful village of Sintra, mainl...

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13 - Padrão dos Descobrimentos

   27 km away

Padrão dos Descobrimentos is a monument on the northern bank of the Tagus River estuary, in the civil parish of Santa Maria de Belém, Lisbon.

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14 - Belém Tower

   27 km away

Belém Tower, officially the Tower of Saint Vincent is a 16th-century fortification located in Lisbon that served as a point of embarkation and disembarkation for Portuguese explorers and as a ceremonial gateway to Lisbon.

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15 - Surfing in Lisbon

   18 km away

Learn how to surf in Sao Pedro beach near Lisbon or improve your skills with a certified surfing instructor! The essential part when learning how to surf, is to have a good instructor... and the instructors of Surf in Sao Pedro are not simply good -t...

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16 - Lisbon Zoo

   27 km away

Lisbon Zoo is a zoological garden in Lisbon, Portugal. It was founded in 1884. It was the product of the efforts of Dr. Van Der Laan, owner of the largest aviary in Portugal, with the support of Bento de Sousa, Sousa Martins, and May Figueira.

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17 - Praça do Império

   27 km away

The Praça do Império is a city square and park situated adjacent to principal monuments and tourist attractions in the civil parish of Belém, municipality and Portuguese capital of Lisbon.

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18 - National Coach Museum

   28 km away

The National Coach Museum is located on the Afonso de Albuquerque Square in the Belém district of Lisbon in Portugal. The museum has one of the finest collections of historical carriages in the world and is one of the most visited museums of the city.

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19 - Belém Palace

   28 km away

The Belém Palace, formally the National Palace of Belém, is the current official residence of the President of the Portuguese Republic, the head of state of Portugal.

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20 - Museu Calouste Gulbenkian

   29 km away

The Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, also known simply as the Gulbenkian Museum, is a major encyclopedic art museum in Lisbon, Portugal, in the civil parish of Avenidas Novas.

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21 - Avenida da Liberdade

   30 km away

Avenida da Liberdade is an important boulevard in central Lisbon, Portugal, famous as one of the most expensive shopping streets in Europe.

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Azenhas do Mar is a picturesque village in Portugal with a stunning oceanfront setting. The village is located on the Portuguese Riviera, about 30 minutes south of Lisbon. Visitors can enjoy the village's sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs, and quaint streets lined with colorful houses. Azenhas do Mar is a popular destination for surfing, fishing, and hiking.













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