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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What will the weather be like?
We get a lot of questions about the weather from our guests
before their arrival:
Will it rain in May/February/November…?
Will the weather be warm enough to eat outside in the
What are the coolest temperatures we can expect?
Do we need air-conditioning?
As much as we want to answer all of these questions
sincerely, not only is it difficult because of climate change, but many of
these questions are in fact very subjective in nature.
Traditionally, our summers are warm and dry and winters
cooler and humid. Traditionally.With
the climate change however, there are some slight changes in the temperatures
and rain fall.What has not changed is
the ABUNDANCE OF LIGHT AND SUNSHINE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.
There is a special light even in the rain!
It is very, very rare, even in the coldest months, for the
temperature to get close to freezing, let alone below freezing
temperatures.So no snow or frost is to
be expected at any given month.The normal
average winter daytime temperatures in Sintra range from 10 to 15ºC (50-60F) and
about 5-10ºC (40-50F) for the low temperatures at night. Summer time highs are
usually in the upper 20´s (80+ F) during the afternoons, rarely much over 30ºC
(in the 90’s F), and at night, the temperatures drop to 15-20ºC (60-70F).
Most of our rain comes in the winter months, yet even in the
winter it is rare to have full days of rain.Our rain traditionally comes in cycles of a couple of hours and even during
the rainiest of months at least half of the days have plenty of sunshine.You would have to be very unlucky to get
rained on daily during a one week holiday.And if it were to rain every day, parts of the day are most likely to be
Both of these following pictures have been taken in December, just a few days apart.
Having said that, I do recognize that as we are on the
mountain, close to the sea, the cold feels very cold due to the humidity in the
air. For the same reason we have a microclimate which allows Sintra to stay
green all year around. You can expect misty mornings and ends of afternoons in
the summer months as the cool air from the sea reaches the humidity of the
mountain. This keeps the nights
comfortably cool 90% of the summer nights! So no, we do not have full air-conditioning. True to our sustainable values, we use other
methods of staying cool: awnings that block the sun from hitting the windows,
taller ceilings to let the warmer air rise higher up, cross ventilation in the
afternoon. When this is not enough, we do have portable air-conditioning units
in place which use cool water to cool the air for the remaining 10% of the
To keep the rooms comfortable during the colder months, the
rooms have heating.A few of the
standard rooms have wood burning stoves in addition to electric heating. And we
use de-humidifiers to keep the air in the rooms comfortable.
So – do bring a jacket or something warmer for the evenings,
even in the summer months, and do prepare for rain showers most of the year
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 &…
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…