Sintra's Castle, Royal Palace, the Arabic fortress, Pena Palace, Quinta da Regaleira, Sintra National Palace - you will visit all these places during just one tour! Your private historian guide will explain to you the origins of the Portuguese nation. You will also have an opportunity to visit Sintra's Historic Center in the evening without crowds of people. A fantastic tour for those who want to get outside of Lisbon for a day and experience the wonders of Sintra.
In the Historic Centre, you'll meet the Sintra's foremost history researcher, who will tell you how Sintra's Castle, the hills, the valleys, and the Royal Palace were in the past.
In the last centuries, several tales tried - among the folk - to explain the origin of how some medieval names have come to be like they are. The true origins are found far back in time, with some still being untraceable today, while others are clear for us to see. The difference between the tales and the true history it is also going to be made by your Historian, though some of the true history (or annotations from the distant past) can seem fictional today.
After learning some accounts of interest regarding the theme, we'll enter a more quiet area, while slowly climbing the hills.
On our way to the Castle, we will find Sintra legends and tales that intend to revive the medieval past of what is historically known as "Reconquista" ("Reconquest"). You will learn more about it since it is essential to feel the true spirit of the Arabic fortress that existed here, as well as to understand why we see this stone fortification today. And you will feel surprised with the flags that were flown by last in the Castle.
From the top, from one of the watchpoints of the Kingdom, we will see (through the information that a historian will transmit to you, one well-versed in the study of old Portuguese and medieval chronicles), well-known knights of Portuguese History in the fields around the Mountains.
The terrain will be irregular in some parts, but nothing a person with no movement impairment can't handle. The effort implied is equivalent to a stroll around Sintra's Historical Center for the whole afternoon.
In some parts there will occur more stops for you to rest and enjoy the landscape, having in view some important monuments in the distance (the Castle, Pena Palace, Quinta da Regaleira, Sintra National Palace and others) as well as the Atlantic Ocean (also in the distance).
On the way back (it is a circular route) and before arriving at the Historic Centre you will see the sights that will take your eyes not only in the distance but also into a past in which all that surrounds us was different.
Upon your return to the Historic Centre, you'll have the opportunity to visit it in the evening and, therefore, more calmly than during the day.