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Night Walk

starting before sunset

The First Benefit

This is a private tour; meaning that only you and the people that you bring with you will compose the group along Miguel Boim.

and the Highlights

unique night landscapes in the deepness of the mountains

               travel to the past not only through words of the accounts but also through the environment

                              the risk of the silence being broken by the remaining fauna of the past

 

                                                     opportunity to see the sun setting through the perspective of Cabo da Roca

Synopsys / Teaser

    If in the usual nocturnal visits or walks one can recognize through the foliage, among the arches that define the old history of Mountain and Village, the old stories and accounts from History, in "Sintra Mountains Inbetween Wolves" you will travel through the black arc of the great sky dotted with a thousand stars, to a past that it's hard or impossible to imagine - since its reality it is far away from our lousy filters of imagination. And it is all about the wildest past of the most virgin Sintra Mountain.

 

    The fluttering of the foliage announces the wind in which the Light Hawk, the Bonelli Eagle, hide; it is from that same foliage that the Bubo Bubo leaves in long flights, trying to observe in the night a glimpse of the movement of a hare, or the passage of a careless pigeon.

 

    Amid the sound of the stream, the fox disguises its steps, the Three-Toed Skink tries to pass by a snake, by hiding its small paws.

 

    But from the past, in this same Mountain, in these same paths, the wolves, the deer, the wild boars have here also passed. Here were also wild shepperds and friars who, due to their peculiar experiences and unexpected encounters, remained in engraved words, words that have resisted the centuries as the desire to know and protect this recondite forest culture is, on the nights of the days that are passing us, revived in "Sintra Mountains Inbetween Wolves". And it is in the silence that the heart will become the eyes of these past lives, of these feelings of the present.

from an illuminated manuscript from the 16th century, when

the court was almost always present at Sintra:

King Arthur

Elucidation of the Walk

Monuments of men  Vs  Nature monuments

    "Sintra Mountains Inbetween Wolves" will not take you inside any monument, it will take you into the depth of Sintra Mountains nature, being only able to see the Atlantic Ocean with the sun sinking in it, before the night comes.

Will we "see" how the past of the mountains of Sintra was?

    In this theme you will see the layers of an ancient past that have been overlaping throughout the centuries, be it on the fundations of a single and simple hermitage, be it on the nature which was different.

    Miguel Boim will also provide you facts from the past on the old Sintra Mountains - which, undoubtedly will surprise you - as well as some accounts (of the most bizarre ones, of course) from the past. You will also see images and maps from the past..

Atmosphere, security, others

    You may cross yourself with few other people when arriving at the meeting point; after that the group will be isolated.

    For these walks it is necessary to communicate the activity to the proper authorities; by this, the Civil Protection, the National Republican Guard, the army - as well as other portuguese instituions - will know that this walk is programmed.

    Silence is needed. It is forbidden to smoke or make fire.

where you will also enter
picture taken by Miguel Boim

 

On the Day of the Walk

What will happen?

    The meeting point will be in the historical center or around it, and you will be taken by car (service included) to the West point of the Mountain, where the walk will start. In the end you'll be transported to the point where you were picked.

    Warmth clothes are needed, even if it has been warmth during the day.

 

    The route will have around six kilometres and it will take around four hours to be made, where Miguel Boim will tell facts and accounts from the past. The effort it is very similar to the one one does while strolling around Sintra's historical centre during a whole afternoon. From all the available themes, this one it may be the one where less effort it's needed. The terrain is not plain, you need to have comfortable snickers [[[???]]] or shoes that may be considered as appropriate for walks. No flash light is needed, you are going to have one lent. 

 

    If the weather is foggy you may not see the landscape in the distance but you will have a more intense environment.

 

    Throughout the walk you will be able to ask whatever you want related with Sintra's history and heritage.

the walk will start before the sunset and

you will also be able to see what you are looking at now

picture taken by Miguel Boim

 

Some Images of What You May Encounter

In an afternoon where the fog was making its appearance.

But was it always like this in Sintra mountains?

Actual picture taken from the night walk (Sintra Mountains Inbetween Wolves) route.

 

Photographer credits: Miguel Boim.

In a foggy day in the forest.

Again, the question arises: but was it always like this in Sintra mountains?

Actual picture taken from the night walk (Sintra Mountains Inbetween Wolves) route.

 

Photographer credits: Miguel Boim.

Kilometres away, in the village of Sintra, inbetween two of the oldest churches. A bell from the 15th century.

If in the medieval days the village and its surroundings had agitation, how was it in the middle of Sintra mountains?

 

Photographer credits: Miguel Boim.

One of the actual ways in the center of Sintra mountains.

And how many ways, pathways, had the mountains in the past? Few? None?

 

Photographer credits: Miguel Boim.

corridor.

But not any corridor. It's inside one of the oldest constructions in the center of the mountains..

Then, also inbetween wolves. And with accounts of who lived inbetween them, but had other fears.

 

Almost immediately before the sunset.

And almost above the clouds.

Actual picture taken from the night walk (Sintra Mountains Inbetween Wolves) route.

 

Photographer credits: Miguel Boim.

As the sun is setting down.

And as the Sintra mountains from the past are about to make the entry into your mind.

Actual picture taken from the night walk (Sintra Mountains Inbetween Wolves) route.

 

Photographer credits: Miguel Boim.

The portuguese king D. Dinis being attacked by a bear.

Was Sintra a place of passage of King D. Dinis? And what about a place for bears?

The ruins from an old chapel.

With its foundations having almost 900 years, it is possible to understand one of the forms of living that

the mountains had by then.

Actual picture taken from the night walk (Sintra Mountains Inbetween Wolves) route.

 

Photographer credits: Miguel Boim.

Boim coat of arms, in the 16th century.

In the 13th century the head of Boim family had properties and houses in Sintra that have been from the Knights Templar.

 

How were the mountains by then?

From a manuscript kept in Arquivo Nacional Torre do Tombo.

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Prices / Booking

your cicerone:
the author and researcher

Miguel Boim

lectures and speeches on Sintra's history to more than 12K people - as to 2018 data
in this video of the portuguese channel dedicated to culture, Miguel Boim 

gives body to Süskind's walker, Mr. Sommer

Sintra Mountains Inbetween Wolves

night walk

starting one hour before the sunset (with a view of it from the Cabo da Roca perspective)

1 to 2 persons: 200€ (total)* 

3 persons: 240€ (total)*

4 persons: 290€ (total)*

5 persons: 330€ (total)*

6 to 10 persons: 70€ per person* 

* all values are taxes declared

This thematic walk need to be confirmed (paid, with the confirmation of the transaction) until 3 days before the date in which it will be made. In order to have your walk guaranteed it is advisable to book in the most advance you can, due to Miguel Boim schedule.

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the presentation of the book Sintra Lendária, in the Grémio Literário, by Basílio Horta, Mayor of Sintra Municipality

Miguel Boim being received by the students of a school in the Municipality of Sintra

second edition of Miguel Boim and Sintra's iconic book Sinta Lendária, with a deep and heartful insight on the side of History which resembles the same enchantment of legends and tales

On Trust and Safety

Code of Conduct

    No smoking or making noise.

    It is forbidden to take species of fauna, flora, or geological ones.

    Please stay close to the person who is guiding the group, avoiding to be absent without previous communication, in any circumstance.

Safety

    The personal data is necessary for insurance purposes as well as to fully accomplish with the legislation of the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park.

    It is necessary to provide data from third parties (close relatives or others, from the country of origin of the participants).

    Minimum age: from 12/14 years of age, according to what specified in each theme.

    By booking this activity you assume that your health conditions are perfect for walking (having in mind the ups and downs of the route) between 200 and 470 meters above sea level for around 4 hours.

    It is necessary to specify medication a participant is taking and which can be relevant for his health condition when not taken.

    This activity fully accomplishes with the required by law and fulfills the payment of the taxes implied by law.

    It is necessary that the participants proceed accordingly to what stated by the guide in the briefing as well as during the activity, as well as to what may be requested by any element of portuguese authority, of those which patrol the mountains at night: the National Guard Republican (G.N.R.), security of Parques de Sintra Monte da Lua (in SUV or on foot), Portuguese Army (in SUV or on foot), Civil Protection (in SUV or on foot), ICNF - Instituto da Conservação da Natureza e Florestas (in SUV or on foot). It is important to keep these elements in mind to know to who should you provide your idenfication if needed.

    You may ask for advice on safety in general as well as related to rented vehicles (special attention in this regard) and possible pickpockets (during the day and in crowded places).

For Your Comfort

    Do not hesitate to ask questions before the tour and as well as during the tour; it is very important that you can notice the pretended transparency.

    Proper footwear and clothing (you'll be advised on the best of both, according to the time of year and near the date weather conditions).

    Start time can be exact as well as end time; but please notice that the end time can be inaccurate - if not otherwise strictly required.

    The option for dinner in one person tour is to be taken in a non-tourist restaurant, with a liter drink, main plate, dessert, and coffee.

    Groups with two people up have no meal included.

   

    You can inquire where the best place to have your meals.

    Information on how to avoid tourist crowds during the day in Sintra can be requested.

    If desired, pick up and deliver in Lisbon can be required beforehand, having the extra cost of 200€ - not included in the given price - for every 4 people.

Cancellations and Refunds

    Cancellations with partial refund of the money (70% of the total amount) are possible if made until 72 hours before the begining of the activity.

    The partial refund of the money can take up to 7 days after the date of the activity.

    In case of rain the activity will be maintained; in case of warning (Aviso) or alert (Alerta) by the authorities (Civil Protection, ICNF) the activity will be canceled with the consequent refund of the amount paid (100%).

The Village and the Mountains in the begining of

one foggy night, by Miguel Boim

legal notice: rnaat 1808/2017