Casa do Valle is a relaxing, green Bed and Breakfast in the Historical Center of Sintra, as well as your point of reference for walking and hiking in the Sintra - Cascais Natural Park. With 11 rooms, we are large enough to cater for small groups and small enough to be intimate. We organize activities for our guests (such as yoga, shinrin yoku, mountain biking, wine tasting and paragliding), and have strong, sustainable values.
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Wellness summer 2017
your escape to the green hills of Sintra, complement your stay at Casa do Valle
with our wellness offers. This
summer, to make the most of your stay with us, we have developed a special
program for our guests, together with our expert Lena Lönnbäck.
Sintra as scenery you can enjoy a relaxing or invigorating massages, walks in
the less known paths of the Sintra mountain, and renew your energy with a
fitness session, ranging from calm and relaxed stretching to stamina building
exercises. You can even have a one-on-one health promotion consultation with
our expert, Lena Lönnbäck – more about Lena at the end of this blog.
Free Wellness Activities:
Guided morning walks in the mountain, to the palaces and around
the neighbourhood, 2-3 days a week
Exercise classes, 5 times a week, including:
and core strength
The walks are guided by Joana, Virpi or Laura, and the exercise classes
by Lena Lönnbäck.
Other Wellness Activities:
Guided hikes in the mountain, seaside or
countryside half day hikes, morning or afternoon, discovering
the lesser known parts of Sintra. We can
tailor your hike to suite your preferences of landscape and physical condition.
For individuals or small groups.
Health promotion consultation and
Personal exercise session developing
a personal health plan based on an evaluation of your current state
that includes mobility and muscle balance testing, and is based on your
personal needs and wishes of development.
This is paired with a private work-out session.
Personal excercise session Functional
training using body weight and resistance bands/weights. The pace depends on
your needs. You can pick the location, either on the property, in the mountain
or at the beach (all depending on the schedule). It can be either a “private”
or group sessions.
Sports Massage for Neck and Back A deep
tissue massage that works on the fascia (lining around the muscles) as well as
the muscle itself. This deeper, slower and firmer massage will get your muscles
soft and relaxed. Trigger point massage included if requested.
Lena Lönnbäck is originally from
Finland, based in Sweden, and now currently visiting Casa do Valle. She has an
education in functional training, and has worked as a personal trainer since
2012. Since then she’s also lived and worked in
Gothenburg where she started her own business at a studio offering both
training and massage.
Lena has a great deal of experience
working especially with back and neck problems. As her tools she uses the right
kind of training and, if wanted, massage.
Other than that, she has also
worked with a football team in Gothenburg, helping the group develop their
mobility, stamina and overall physical wellness.
During our partnership, Lena will be holding training
sessions for both groups and individuals, as well as offering sport massage, or
if preferred, classic massage.
Hiking in Sintra and its surroundings is wonderful.
Though the most sought after trails are the ones that lead us to the monuments, there are paths for everyone's interests and capabilities. The hiking trails to the monuments avoid the roads and motorized traffic. Some access-paths are signposted, other paths are marked with the international hiking signs, some are not marked at all, as they pass in the Natural Park of Sintra-Cascais and even through private grounds.
The main areas for hiking are the mountain and Sintra village, the coast and the countryside. There are paths everywhere! You may want your hike to be circular, where you leave from and arrive to the same spot. Or you may prefer walking along a linear path, using a local bus or a taxi or the old Sintra tram to return. You can make your hike short or long, passing by villages or beaches - or simply stay in areas where you are not likely to see anyone else. Not used to off road walking? Or perhaps you prefer somet…
Just a bit above the village, in our view, there is a mansion called Chalet Biester. Its black roof with turquoise trimming causes a lot of questions and awakes the curiosity of many Sintra visitors. No, it cannot be visited; yes, it is a private house. No, I don't know who lives there now; yes, it is where the Roman Polanski thriller 'The Ninth Gate' was filmed, starring Johnny Depp. There and a bit of everywhere in Sintra.
Ernesto Biester, a Portuguese journalist and playwright of German origin, famous in his time, ordered this mansion to be built in around 1880 from the architect José Luis Monteiro. Its interior was conceived by the famous Italian that worked on Quinta da Regaleira, also in Sintra, and the sceneries of La Scala Opera in Milano, and theater São Carlos in Lisbon: Luigi Manini - and the sculpture Leandro Braga. Biester asked Monteiro to use the English style called 'Queen Ann' style, a mixture of Neo-Gothic and Neo-Romantic. The result is …
As I have mentioned before, I frequently walk in the mornings with my dog; up and down the hills, into the forest and mountain roads. Recently there has been an extra burden on my walks. It is lent, the 40 days between Carnival and Easter. Tradition says you give up something for those 40 days that is like an addiction. Some people give up coffee, others chocolate or cigarettes. I decided to give up bread and pastries made with white wheat flour. And this is the reason that climbing up the 400 meters to town is now doubly difficult: the bakeries and pastry shops open their doors even before Pandora and I take off from home, so we walk up to town with the irresistible scent of freshly baked goodies lingering over the town center, calling my name - which I am patiently (more and less) ignoring.
Sintra is famous for its pastries. The pastries of Piriquita, travesseiros, are famous all over Portugal, and people cue up to buy them to take home by boxes. These long, sugar coded &…