Provisional Spouses’ Programme
Sintra – The Glorious Eden
- Day: Thursday, 9 June
- Time: 10:30 – 16:30hrs
Departure to Sintra. This is small village, built against a mountain of the same name. Sintra is certainly a paradise for those who would like to run away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Over the centuries, the village was an inspiration for poets, artists, and more recently film makers. Nowadays, it is considered by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. In Sintra, you can feel the fresh air, and the kindness of people is tangible. The handicraft shops together with the authentic delights of sweets are unparalleled, as are other attractions of this small village.
Our guided visit to Sintra will start with a small walking tour through the central part of the village, where presentations of the origin of Sintra, its influences and its importance in today’s life will be made to the guests.
We will then continue our tour towards “Sintra Palace”. The guided visit to the Palace will also be led by our official English speaking guides who have a very good knowledge of the architecture and culture of our country. After the visit, we will go proceed to “Seteais Palace”. “Seteais” is an elegant neoclassical building surrounded by beautiful gardens where ballet performances are given in August evenings. The elegant furniture and décor coupled with the most striking interior of the palace - now a luxurious hotel - has a huge hall decorated with frescoes on mythological themes, in the style of the Pillement School. Lunch will be served here. The guides will show the guests a view over the Pena Palace, a sight that is today considered the hallmark of Sintra Village. After lunch, we will return to Lisbon.
Queluz + Lisbon
(Full day tour)
- Days : Friday, 10 June 2011
- Time: 09:30 – 17:00hrs
- Queluz Palace
Departure from Lisbon directly to Queluz, to visit the 18th century Royal Palace of Queluz, styled as a miniature of Versailles, is still used by heads of state on official visits to Portugal.
Return to Lisbon
Lunch will be served at Restaurant VITORINO NEMÉSIO located at the Belém Cultural Centre. The CCB was completed in 1990 in time to serve as the headquarters of the Portuguese presidency of the European Community. It was the brainchild of architects Vittorio Gregotti and Manuel Salgado, and opened its doors to the public on March 21, 1993.
It offers the public a range of new spaces and artistic and cultural possibilities in an attitude of openness that promotes and encourages artistic creation in its various expressions.
As an ideal venue for cultural events, the building, unique in Portugal, benefits from its proximity to the river and its being located in an area with strong historical links with Portuguese culture. It provides links with the culture of the past and the new horizons of the future. Other than the Conference Centre, CCB hosts an Exhibition Centre and a Performing Arts Centre.
After lunch, the tour will lead to the Monumental section of Lisbon – Belém Quarters – where we will visit the Jerónimos Monastery, a fine example of the most typical style of Portuguese architecture. Here there will be a stop at the historical Belém Tower, built in 1514 to commemorate Vasco da Gama’s famous sea voyage to India and the nearby modern Monument to the Discoveries, dedicated to all Portuguese explorers.