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Gardens and Palaces of Sintra and Lisbon - EBTS Exclusive

24 September 2021

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An exclusive EBTS tour hosted by Gerald Luckhurst and led by Kirsty Fergusson with EBTS Deputy Chairman, Charlotte Maclean.
Portugal has a rich history of seafaring and trading. In the early 15th century, Prince Henry “the Navigator” discovered Madeira and the Azores. Bartolomeu Dias made it around the southern tip of Africa in 1487 and within 10 years Vasco da Gama opened-up the trade route to India. The small cargo of pepper he bought back was enough to pay for the trip three times over. In the late 18th century, following a devastating earthquake, there was a period of lavish reconstruction and many palaces, quintas and extravagant gardens were built including those at the hill town of Sintra, the chosen site for the summer residences of royalty. Surrounded by the natural luxuriant vegetation, it is not surprising that Sintra began to attract Romantic movement travellers of the 18th century. Byron immortalized Sintra by calling it “Glorious Eden”. Many of the gardens that we visit are embellished by azulejos (decorated glazed tiles) and include intricate box parterres. We stay at the 5-star Hotel Fortaleza do Guincho with fantastic views overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, this Hotel de Charme is the ideal base to reach the gardens of the region. 

Your Accommodation

Hotel Fortaleza do Guincho

The Hotel Fortaleza do Guincho, has 8 Courtyard Rooms with lateral beach view through a small fortress window located in the cloister. On the first floor, 16 Superior Rooms offer splendid views over the Atlantic Ocean, all with closed balconies and chaise longue. The 3 Junior Suites offer the best views over the Atlantic Ocean right in front, and over Cabo da Roca.
All rooms are equipped with TV, mini bar, telephone, hairdryer, safe, free internet access, turndown service and offer all comforts of a 5* hotel.
Room Facilities & Amenities
  • Wi-Fi 
  • Air conditioning 
  • LCD TV
  • Mini Bar
  • Safe
  • Hair dryer
  • Coffee machine