Trip to Sintra (Saturday 8th May) — Details
Lord Byron once wrote:
I must just observe that the village of Sintra is the most beautiful in the world.
The small town of Sintra, built right up against the north slope of the Serra, was for six centuries the favourite Summer residence of the Kings of Portugal, who were attracted by cool climates and the beauty of the town’s setting.
We will start by visiting the Royal Palace: it is an irregular structure, due to the additions made at different times; the central building was erected by King João I at the end of the 14th century and the wings by King Manuel I in the 16th century. Apart from the two tall conical chimneys, the paired Moorish style and Manueline windows are the most striking features of the exterior. The interior is interesting for its remarkable decoration of 16th and 17th centuries azulejos as well as the magnificent ceilings.
We will then walk to Quinta da Regaleira. At the beginning of the 20th century, the Quinta da Regaleira was purchased by the capitalist António Augusto de Carvalho Monteiro, a man of enormous culture who had amassed a fortune in Brazil. Carvalho Monteiro, who was profoundly inspired by the glorious national epic poem, whose expression at the time was found in the "revivalist" taste of neo-Manueline architecture, took inspiration for the construction of the manor house and its respective chapel both from the structural and decorative eclecticism of the Pena Palace and the neo-Manueline style of the Hotel Palácio do Buçaco, designed by Luigi Manini. It was Carvalho Monteiro who invited Manini to design and build the house at Regaleira. This is a fabulous assemblage of styles and constructions (gardens, wells, towers, statues, mysterious grottoes, etc.), which Manini succeeded in imbuing with exceptional characteristics. Albeit having a semblance of a scene from opera, the Quinta da Regaleira has alchemical and sacred connotations.
After lunch, a stop will be made at Cape Roca, the most western point of Continental Europe.
We will then travel to Cascais, both a fishing port of old tradition and a bustling holiday resort. The town has everything in its favour: a mild climate in which sea air combines with cool air from Sintra Massif and fine sand beach, lining a beautiful bay (a stop will be made near the bay).
Finally, we will travel back to Lisboa, but passing by Estoril and the gardens of the casino.Proceed to the symposium registration.