The Fairy Forest Trail

The magnificent forest hike (If you didn’t believe in fairies, you will now)
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4 Km

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253 M

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Circular

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Bus 516

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Palaces, Monuments

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4 Km

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324 M

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Circular

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Bus 516

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Palaces, Monuments

November 17, 2020 12:55 pm

The ‘Fairy Forest’ Trail

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  • Distance 4.02 km
  • Time 1 h 16 min
  • Speed 4.0 km/h
  • Min altitude 324 m
  • Peak 498 m
  • Climb 252 m
  • Descent 252 m
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Trail Description

Starting from the Convent of the Capuchos, this 4 km circular route introduces you to different types of forests. It starts on the forest road (southbound) for a good half a kilometer. Once you get off the road and start walking on the single-lane paths, you climb through a somber ‘troll forest’: dark and shady, to get to the ‘fairy forest’ – the kind that makes you believe it is enchanted. The path comes up to a small clearing called Painted Rock. According to a legend this clearing was a place of worship of the Druids and where the painted rock lays, was a special, magic tree. There is still a special energy there.  Very near is Tholos do Monge, a collective grave site from 4500 years ago, right next to the geodetic landmark. From this point on, the trail is all downhill, passing by the memorial place of the firefighters that died protecting Sintra in the 1966 Sintra hill fire.

Our suggestions
  • Visit the Convent of the Capuchos, reopened in 2020 after major conservation works
Trail Description

Starting from the Convent of the Capuchos, this 4 km circular route introduces you to different types of forests. It starts on the forest road (southbound) for a good half a kilometer. Once you get off the road and start walking on the single-lane paths, you climb through a somber ‘troll forest’: dark and shady, to get to the ‘fairy forest’ – the kind that makes you believe it is enchanted. The path comes up to a small clearing called Painted Rock. According to a legend this clearing was a place of worship of the Druids and where the painted rock lays, was a special, magic tree. There is still a special energy there.  Very near is Tholos do Monge, a collective grave site from 4500 years ago, right next to the geodetic landmark. From this point on, the trail is all downhill, passing by the memorial place of the firefighters that died protecting Sintra in the 1966 Sintra hill fire.

Our Suggestions
  • Visit the Convent of the Capuchos, reopened in 2020 after major conservation works
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