Spelunking

Each cave you explore is the discovery of a new world.

Find out about the characteristics of locations and conditions for the practice of caving in the Sintra Municipality:

Assafora Cave
Location:  Assafora

Development: 340 m horizontal

Access level 1-10: 2 — easy with great accessibility

Visiting conditions: visits are not permitted for purposes of leisure, recreation or tourism

Visits are permitted for cultural or scientific purposes, as long as validated by the PNSC (Sintra-Cascais Natural Park) services or, if delegated, by the Associação de Espeleólogos de Sintra (the Sintra Speleologists’ Association)


Samarra North and Samarra South Caves
Location : the cliffs of  Praia da Samarra

Development: 40 m to 50 m horizontal

Access level 1 -10: 1 — very easy with accessibility conditioned by the tide

Visiting conditions: visits permitted


Praia da Adraga Cave 

Location: Adraga Beach

Development: 120 m horizontal

Access level 1 -10: 1 to 4 depening on the tide and time of year

Visiting conditions: visits permitted


Pedra de Alvidrar Cave

Location: Pedra de Alvidrar, Southern cliff of Adraga Beach

Development: 130 m semi-vertical

Access level 1-10: 6, average to high — handline to be rigged on the cliff

Visiting conditions: visits are not permitted for purposes of leisure, recreation or tourism

Visits are permitted for cultural or scientific purposes, as long as validated by the PNSC services or, if delegated, by the Associação de Espeleólogos de Sintra (the Sintra Speleologists’ Association)

 
Fojo da Adraga (Adraga cavern)

Location: Southern cliff of  Adraga Beach

Development: 90 m vertical

Access level 1-10: 8 — difficult with good accessibility

Visiting conditions: visits not permitted for purposes of leisure, recreation or tourism

Visits are permitted for cultural or scientific purposes, as long as validated by the PNSC services or, if delegated, by the Associação de Espeleólogos de Sintra (the Sintra Speleologists’ Association)


Falésia (Cliff) Cave

Location: between Pedra de Alvidrar and Ursa Beach

Development: 30 m horizontal with vertical access from the cliff

Access level 1 -10: 9 — very difficult

Visiting conditions:  visits not permitted for purposes of leisure, recreation or tourism

Visits are permitted for cultural or scientific purposes as long as validated by the PNSC services or, if delegated, by the Associação de Espeleólogos de Sintra (the Sintra Speleologists’ Association)


Gruta da Manhosa - Manhosa Cave

Location: between Pedra de Alvidrar and Ursa Beach

Development: 30 m semivertical and vertical with 90m access

Access level 1 -10: from the cliff, 9 — very difficult

Visiting conditions: visits not permitted for purposes of leisure, recreation or tourism

Visits are permitted for cultural or scientific purposes as long as validated by the PNSC services or, if delegated, by the Associação de Espeleólogos de Sintra (the Sintra Speleologists’ Association)


Praia da Ursa Caves (three caves of marine origin) 

 Location :  North of Ursa Beach

 Development:

     Ursa I — 500 m to the North, with 30 m and 1m gradient

     Ursa II — 250 m to the North, with 35 m

     Ursa III — 300 m to the North, with 30 m with a 1m gradient

Access level 1 -10: from 1 a 4, depending on the tide and time of year

Visiting conditions: visits not permitted for purposes of leisure, recreation and tourism

 Visits are permitted for cultural or scientific purposes as long as validated by PNSC services or, if delegated, by the Associação de Espeleólogos de Sintra (the Sintra Speleologists’ Association)


Vale Flor Cave

Location: the Quinta de Vale Flor (Vale Flor Farm), São Pedro de Penaferrim

Development: 30 m horizontal

Access level 1 -10: 1 — very easy. Gated. Authorization from the owner required

Visiting conditions: visits are not permitted for purposes of leisure, recreation and tourism

 Visits are permitted for cultural or scientific purposes as long as validated ensured by The PNSC services or, if delegated, by the Associação de Espeleólogos de Sintra (the Sintra Speleologists’ Association)