Night walks in the forest are perfect for those willing to mingle with nature. Discover the beauty of Sintra at night and marvel at the breathtaking sunset above the Atlantic Ocean, accompanied by a knowledgeable guide
Two hours before the sunset you will be picked up by car at Sintra's train station. On your way to where this evening walk will start, you'll be able to see in the distance Sintra's Castle, Pena Palace, and the forest, which will gradually begin to surround you.
Once you arrive at the western part of the Sintra Mountains, your walk will begin, as well as your journey to a distant past, through the words of the historian Miguel Boim.
The walk will be about 5 kilometers, spanning around 4 hours, in both regular and soft, irregular terrains. The effort implied is equivalent to spending a whole afternoon strolling around Sintra, with its ups and downs.
Whereas in the usual nocturnal walks one can recognize through the foliage, among the arches that define the old history of mountain and village, history's old stories and accounts, in "Sintra Mountains Inbetween Wolves" you'll travel under the black arc of the great sky, dotted with a thousand stars, to a past that's hard or impossible to imagine.
But, before that, you'll see, in the sunset, the Sun falling in the Atlantic Ocean, and Cabo da Roca too (if the day is unclouded). After the sunset, we'll enter the forest, the most special part of our walk, where you'll experience the ambiance as our ancestors did when they had crossed the mountain, in the dark, on their way back home. You'll find mostly irregular terrain, but nothing a person without any mobility impairment can't handle.
From the past, in this very mountain, the wolves, the deer, the wild boars have also roamed these paths. There were also wild shepherds and friars who, due to their peculiar experiences and unexpected encounters, live on in words engraved, words that have outlasted the centuries as the desire to know and protect this recondite forest culture as it is, on the nights and days passing by us, revived in "Sintra Mountains Inbetween Wolves". And it's in this silence that the heart will become the eyes of these past lives, of these feelings of the present.
You'll hear of some accounts and memories from the past, to better understand how one lived in the mountains, particularly regarding the religious orders and the unusual stories from history is written centuries ago.
You may, or may not, have the chance, in the night, of observing some traces of the fauna that still exists in Sintra Mountains.