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Private Night Walk: "Sintra, Apparitions and Stories From the Mountains"

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Stop At: Centro Historico de Sintra, Sintra 2710-616 Portugal

Sintra begins, through the words of Miguel Boim, Sintra's foremost history researcher, with the additional advantage of visiting a tourist spot like Sintra away from the usual crowds.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Sintra Mountains, N375, Sintra Portugal

After being introduced to what legends and myths are and their impact in the village through time, we'll begin our way across the mountain in the dark of the night.

With the stars hanging above us, the nocturnal landscape will be broken by the sight of a few monuments in the distance (National Palace, Pena Palace, among others), as well as some peculiar sites whose past specifics, and what they enclose, would skip to regular guide. Also, you will know how these impacted the traditions and way of thinking of the local people - especially the ancient ones.

From the highest parts of the mountain, whose silence to tourist will find uncommon, you'll hear about some of the strange memoirs that history left us in the documents and manuscripts from past centuries.

The walk (about 6 kilometers, spanning around 4 hours) has the singularity of being titled "Apparitions and Stories From the Mountains".

The terrain is a regular one (often times through dark roads) and the effort implied is very similar to spending the whole afternoon strolling around Sintra, with its ups and downs.

And the questions will emerge to you: why are some things like they are here in Sintra? Their disposition, their asymmetry? How do you like this? And why? And what explanations do most people come up with? Easy things and quick conclusions are bad advisers, and only looking through the lens of the past, with the proper context of the Portuguese medieval society, we can get closer to a real life lived in the past.

In that past, what was already abandoned, causing fear to visit? Not many centuries ago, you would have traveled in a carriage from Lisbon through to very hard, harsh and narrow road, desert-like, with mountains and windmills in the distance, and your coachman would stop midway, after almost two hours of driving. What for? You will know. A tradition that settled in the 1970's and 1980's in Portugal, but in a context whose origin is unfathomable. However, as soon as one arrived at the Village, you would notice an important building, abandoned, visited by none. This is just an image of a past gateway to Sintra, though there are thousands of them when you look to the past with the proper historical filter acquired in endless pages of memories, documentation and descriptions from the past.

Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Centro Historico de Sintra, Sintra 2710-616 Portugal

The walk will end where it starts, in Sintra's Historic Center.

Duration: 20 minutes

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Important Information
Departure Point
Largo Rainha Dona Amélia, 2710-616 Sintra, Portugal
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Historian
  • Stopping at specifical points, where you'll hear unusual facts and facts from Sintra's History
  • You will be provided with a safety vest so you can be safe and visible when on the road
  • Bottled water
  • Inside access to the monuments is not part of the program
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Booking needed until 72 hours before the desired date (this activity happens inside a natural park and there are legal procedures involving the authorities that are needed).
  • The walk has about 6 kilometers in about 3 and a half hours (circular route, including stoppings at specifical points).
  • The terrain is a regular one (often times through dark roads).
  • The effort implied is equivalent to a stroll around Sintra's Historical Center for the whole afternoon.
  • This walk will occur under almost all weather conditions (being the exception the ones that may imply any risks for the participants or warnings from the Civil Protection) so please have the proper clothing and footwear.
  • In the case of city council events, festivals, constructions, others, route may be altered so that participants are not afflicted and still enjoy this different form of knowing Sintra.
  • Smoking not allowed.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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