Reception of the participants and Briefing 9:00 AM
Meeting place: Sintra train station
Start in Sintra and finish in Sintra
DISTANCE: 6 KM
APPROXIMATE DURATION: 4 HOURS (including the Palace visit)
ACCUMULATED CLIMB: 350 M
ACCUMULATED DESCENT: 350 M
MAXIMUM ALTITUDE: 481 M
MINIMUM ALTITUDE: 212 M
Our tour starts at the Sintra train station where our Guide will be waiting to welcome you.
After a short walk we arrive at the heart of the village, home of the National Palace of Sintra. It is now time to visit one of the many famed coffee shops of Sintra to savour a coffee and a regional cake watching the palace skyline.
The National Palace of Sintra, featuring its two unique chimneys is located at the urban centre of Sintra. It is the most important building constructed for the Royal Court, in Portugal and dates back to the 15th and 16th century.
Then we head towards the romantic Hotel Lawrence the oldest hotel in the Iberian Peninsula and mentioned in the novel "Os Maias" of the famous Portuguese writer Eça de Queirós. Many known people slept in its rooms including Lord Byron who made Hotel Lawrence internationally famed.
Continuing along the beautiful and characteristic streets of Sintra, we arrive at Quinta da Regaleira.
Quinta da Regaleira is a singular palace with intricate carvings in wood and stone that tells us about Portugal and the mythological tradition of the Portuguese people. Acquired at the end of the 19th century by the millionaire António Carvalho Monteiro who brought from Italy the architect Luigi Manini, it was constructed on the ruins of a medieval convent and displays a mixture of three styles, gothic, Manueline and renaissance.
Further on we will find the Quinta de Seteais. This neo-classic “quinta” was built in 1760 for the Dutch consulate and trader, Daniel Giedmeester. Legend says that when the bill was presented to the owner he heaved seven (sete) sighs (or ais) and so, inadvertently, gave the quinta his name. Today it functions as a luxury hotel with interior frescoes in the salons painted in the graceful style of Jean Pillement.
Afterwards, we turn left into a narrow road, all surrounded by luxuriant vegetation, leading to the magic Palace of Pena implanted in a rocky formation with its stunning gardens that are the exponent of romanticism of the 19th century having more than five hundred species of trees from the four corners of the world.
A guided tour through the audio guide will take you to the interior of this fantastic monument where you will learn about its countless stories.
Once finished the visit to the Palace, we will start our descent back to the historical center passing by Vila Sassetti acquired in 1885 by Victor Carlos Sassetti on the slope of Castelo dos Mouros, designed by the architect Luigi Manini who later became the architect of Quinta da Regaleira.
At the end of the program participants may choose to go to the train station in the company of the FreeFlow guide or to stay in Sintra.