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Sintra: The Inquisition's Hand Private Walking Tour at Night

Sintra: The Inquisition's Hand Private Walking Tour at Night

From US$ 90.75 per person

Explore the history-rich region of Sintra on this fascinating nighttime walking tour with an expert local historian. Over 4 hours retrace the steps of history to learn about the Portuguese Inquisition and how this affected the village and its people.

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Duration 4 hours
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  • Learn about the Inquisition from an expert local historian
  • Experience the wonders of the woodland at nighttime
  • Listen to detailed facts and stories about the Inquisition
  • Uncover monuments and secret meeting-spots
  • Escape the daytime crowds
Full description
The journey begins in the Historic Center of Sintra as you meet your guide for the night, a local expert historian. From there, the adventure into the past begins as the hidden corners of this dark mountain come to life through your guide’s stories. On the tour, observe from the outside a selection of Sintra’s most iconic monuments including the Royal Palace, Quinta da Regaleira, Pena Palace, Seteais Palace, and a few others. Learn about the Inquisition court, its ties to Lisbon, and how the people of Sintra were affected by this historical point in time. Listen to your guide share facts and information from reports, documents and memoirs of people who lived here during the Inquisition. The drama of these stories is heightened by the nighttime setting, and the looming woodlands all around act as the perfect setting for the journey through time.
  • You'll be provided with a safety vest, so you can remain safe and visible in the dark of the night
  • The interior of the monuments is not going to be visited
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
  • Pregnant women

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Meeting point

At Volta do Duche (the street between the train station and Sintra's Historic Centre) you will find the Moorish Fountain in front of a zebra crossing. It is easy to find since people are always stopping to take pictures of the fountain. I will be on one of the sides of the fountain.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Water
  • Warm clothing

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Making noise

Know before you go

  • Appointments must be made at least 72h prior to the desired date, in accordance to the Natural Park's legislation and mandatory reporting to authorities
  • This walk is not recommended for people with limited mobility
  • This walk is not recommended for people with cardiac conditions
  • Since it is in the mountains you will find ups and downs (in regular terrain) in the route
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Product ID: 218028