___Colina Flora - Pé da Serra, Colares, Sintra PORTUGAL
Colina Flora is a small, comfortable, "green" country guesthouse peacefully located in the rural hills of the amazing Sintra Natural Park - a UNESCO World Heritage Site & Cultural Landscape - with incredible "dramatic" natural scenery - a serene oasis (off the beaten track) and tranquil retreat offering ocean views, situated only 3+ km to beautiful beaches and just 45 minutes by car from Lisbon.
Colina Flora has 5 lovely rooms with ocean views, clean sea/mountain air and tested/filtered deep well water. It is a walker's, cyclist's and nature lover's paradise and a refuge for Slow Travelers. For those wishing to holiday without renting a car the local bus stop is just a 5 minute walk andleaves hourly throughout the day.
Colina Flora is the perfect setting for indulging in a special year-round holiday experience tailored to suit your individual interests. The possibilities are endless:
Self-guided or guided walking/hiking & cycling, visiting historic sites, wine tours, horseback riding, zip-lining, golf, tennis, snorkling, kayacking, Segway & Buggy Safaris, strolling on the nearby beaches and cliffs, surfing, year-round cultural events & fairs, arts/music/vegetarian cooking workshops, yoga, massage, acupunture, stress mgmnt.
Colina Flora is a wonderful place to relax, enjoy and/orindulge in the vast array of activities.
Guests are pampered by a very friendly and helpful staff with many extras including: swimming pool, outdoor garden sitting areas, hammock and a self-catering guest kitchen.
Each morning begins with the delicious Food for Life vegetarian breakfast buffet (with locally sourced organic ingredients) - fresh & dried fruits, fresh squeezed orange juice, homemade granola, muffins & cakes, whole grain breads, fritatas, local cheeses, free range organic eggs, porridge, smoothies, etc.
Delicious vegetarian/vegan evening meals prepared only on Monday evenings for 4 or more guests. (Special dietary needs accommodated)
We speak English & German, some French & Portuguese.
Colina Flora´s beautiful, rural location is in the picturesque and forested hills of the hamlet of Pé da Serra, between the quaint moorish villages of Almoçageme and Penedo, both part of the municipality of Colares, in the heart of the Sintra Natural Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Colina Flora is a 5-minute drive to pristine beaches, 15-20 minute drive to the historic and cultural centers of Sintra & Cascais, and only 45 minutes to the bustling downtown of Lisbon and its international airport.
Walkers reach Penedo in 10 minutes, Almoçageme in 20 minutes and stunning Adraga Beach in 45 minutes. (BBC Travel calls Adraga one of Europe's 20 most beautiful beaches) These walks are downhill. We offer complimentary shuttle service to/from the villages of Almoçageme and Penedo & Adraga Beach.
Colina Flora believes in being as "green" as possible by using organic, locally grown food, organic cleaning supplies and bio-degradable, environmentaly safe laundry detergent, energy-efficient appliances/light bulbs, and filtered/tested well water. We hang laundry to dry. We recycle, compost and maintain an organic garden and a low-chemical swimming pool.
We support small local shops, artisans and regional organic farmers. As members of Slow Food (www.slowfood.com), we believe good, clean and fairly produced foods & products should be available to everyone. We strive to prepare wonderful meals with organic, seasonal, high quality & local ingredients.
All of our towels, slippers, bathrobes and most of our sheets are made from organic cotton. We renovate with eco-friendly paints and building supplies. The rooms have lovely, restored vintage, antique and modern furnishings made with natural materials.