Section 10 - Centro Portugal

Azenhas do Mar / Santa Cruz

Azenhas do Mar is a village on the coast of Sintra’s county, located in a valley where the houses are built on the rock. On the cliff is the viewpoint from which you can sight up the landscape and at the base is the beach and the ocean pool.

The path continues and crosses the parish of S. João Lampas, a place with important archaeological, historical and cultural where you should visit the Calçada, the Roman Bridge and the Azenha of Catribana and the ruins of S. Miguel de Odrinhas.

Going north begins Mafra known for its beaches suitable for surfing, the impressive National Palace and the Tapada Nacional in the surrounding area of the Palace. In the periphery it is recommended to visit the João Franco Village-Museum.

Moving towards the sea the fishing village of Ericeira appears. Ericeira has numerous beaches and it was recognized as one of the world’s surfing reserves. In this village it is possible to visit de Milreu Fort.

Further north in Torres Vedras the route is dominated as before by beaches along a length of 20 kilometers of coastline. Within the county the Passo Fort, the Castle, the Castro de Zambujal and S. Vicente Fort are places to visit.

Santa Cruz the place where the section ends is known by its beach where you can find the Penedo do Guincho.

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Points of Interest

Heritage: 10 Nature: 3
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  • The Tapada Nacional de Mafra was created during the reign of king João V, following the building of the Convent of Mafra, as a park for royal and court recreation.

    Covering over eight hundred hectares, the park holds different species of...

Beach: 40 Information: 2 Bike Shops: 2 Accommodation - Campsite: 2 Accommodation - Youth Hostels: 1

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Section 10

Azenhas do Mar / Santa Cruz: 58

  • Elevation
  • Heritage
  • Nature
  • Beach
  • Information
  • Bike Shops
  • Accommodation - Campsite
  • Accommodation - Youth Hostels