Colares, a popular holiday resort in the foothills of the Sierra de Sintra, famous for the full bodied, robust red wine which is produced on the outskirts of the village. It is a quiet village in stunning surroundings, and apartments in Colares boast easy access to Lisbon Airport, the famous beach resorts of Estoril and Cascais, the stunning Cascais/Sintra National Park and the UNESCO World Heritage town of Sintra, not to mention the magnificent coastline of the Costa do Estoril and the most westerly point in Europe, Cabo da Roca.
With the Atlantic coastline just a few minutes drive from a holiday rental in Colares, swimming, sunbathing, surfing, windsurfing, body boarding, deep sea fishing and sailing trips are easily arranged and executed. The best beaches in the area, Praia Grande, Praia das Macas and Praia da Adraga are all within 20 minutes of the village centre. The beach at Gunicho is one of the best in the region for surfing.
There are also a number of good golf courses around Colares. Both Sintra and Estoril have 18 hole golf courses open to the public all year round, which offer a challenging round in magnificent surroundings.
The Sintra Cascais Natural Park is a beautiful natural area, especially popular for walking, cycling, horse riding and mountain biking.
The medieval town of Sintra is just a short drive from a Colares holiday apartment, and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The unmistakeable skyline of Sintra is dominated by the chimneys of the National Palace and the beautiful Pena Palace. There is an incredible amount to see and do in Sintra, from visiting the many museums, palaces and haunts of the Portuguese Royal family to walking in the hills which surround the town, famously described by Lord Byron as a “glorious Eden”.
Lisbon is under half an hour from an apartment in Colares. It is filled with lively bars and clubs and exquisite shopping, as well as a wealth of museums coving all aspects of life, both modern and ancient in the Lisbon area.
Cascais is a young suburb of Lisbon, which has developed from a quaint fishing village, and retained much of its charm, especially in the centre.
Average temperatures in the summer make taking a holiday rental in Colares great for beach, golf, walking or just relaxing holidays. The mild temperate climate means that winters are warm enough to enjoy much of the region too,
Lisbon Airport (LIS) is just 25km from a holiday apartment in Colares, receiving regular flights from almost every airport across the UK. Depending on your departure point, the ‘no frills’ airlines all provide magnificent deals on cheap flights to Lisbon.