What you'll do
We will meet in the beginning of the night at Sintra Historic Centre where we will begin this unique opportunity of - besides seeing a touristic place not crowded as usual - hearing about the true backgroud of misticism that involves Sintra, through the knowledge of the foremost researcher on Sintra's history. After being introduced to the legends and myths related with the village, we will start to make our way crossing the mountain in the dark of the night. Under the stars hanging above us, the nocturnal landscape will be broken by the main monuments in the distance (National Palace, Pena Palace, amongst others), as well as some peculiar sites that a regular guide wouldn't know, in particular how they were in the past and what they inclose, and how that impacted in the traditions and way of thinking of the local people - especially the ancient ones. From the highest parts of the mountain, in the unusual silence, you will hear some of the strange accounts that history left us in the memories and manuscripts from other centuries. The walk (about 6 kilometers in around 4 hours in regular terrain) has the singularity of being titled as Apparitions and Stories From the Mountains.
My name is Miguel Boim, also known as "O Caminheiro de Sintra (The Sintra Wanderer)", and I am responsible for the notorious Sintra Mountains thematic night walks. I'm glad to be recognized as the foremost local researcher on Sintra's History. I'm also an author, known in Portugal as one of the most enthralling storytellers on the nation's History. As of 2018, I've told Sintra's stories to over 12.000 people. "Sintra Lendária (Legendary Sintra)" is my literary flagship, already in its 2nd edition.
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Where you'll be
As we will begin - and end - in Sintra's Historical Centre, you will be able to see Sintra's National Palace (from the outside). We will then walk in the mountains at night (something that is only allowed by having the right licenses) and from there you will going to be able to see (all of the following from the outside) Pena Palace, Sintra's Castle, National Palace. It is possible that you may hear some traces of the still existing fauna.
Things to keep in mind
Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.
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Up to 10 guests ages 14 and up can attend. If you have any health condition you must inform me. Not recommended if pregnant. Names and birthdates of every participant are needed due to legal procedures associated with this activity.
If you're able to spend a whole afternoon walking in a touristic place, you won't feel any difficulties on this walk. There will also be some stops where you can rest while listening to my words.
Thematic Night Walk in the Mountains