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Excursions

With the congress ending on the Wednesday evening many delegates will want to go on local excursions on the Thursday 21st April. Listed below are some suggestions for such tours, which have special prices for SIEF delegates. Please choose your preferred tour and make your reservation as soon as possible. Prices are per person.

REGULAR TOURS BY BUS

1. Sintra-Cascais (8 hours, full day)

Passing at the Queluz Palace on the way to Sintra; Take a walk through the mysterious Pena Park (ticket included) and discover secret caves and trails; Feel like royalty as you enter the romantic Pena National Palace (ticket included), at the top of the Sintra Mountain, with amazing views of the Moorish castle; Lunch break in old Sintra and time to visit Sintra National Palace; Drive around the beautiful Sintra Natural Park, passing Quinta da RegaleiraSeteais and Monserrate Palaces; Enjoy a fabulous photo opportunity at the Roca Cape cliffs – The western most point of Europe. Catch a view of the strong waves at the fashionable Guincho beach, a surfer’s paradise. Take a scenic drive along the Atlantic coast passing Boca do Inferno; Admire the glamorous town of Cascais and enjoy a walk along the bay. Drive along the coast to Lisbon passing the town of Estoril and the Casino.

Pick-up 1 - 9:00 am - In front of Hard Rock Café (Praça Restauradores)
Pick-up 2 - 9:15 am - In front of Hotel Sana Lisboa (Av. Fontes Pereira de Melo,8 next to Rt. Marquês de Pombal)

Special price for SIEF delegates: 44 euro (including Pena Palace ticket)
Reservations: info(at)insidelisbon.com, for the attention of Mr Pedro Costa, referring to 'SIEF Congress' to benefit from this price
Further info: http://insidelisbon.com/daytrips/regular/sintra-cascais

2. Obidos – Fátima (9 hours, full day)

Drive to Fátima through the agricultural lands of Ribatejo; Experience life as a pilgrim when you visit the Sanctuary of Fátima. One of the most important Christian sites with approximately 5 million visitors each year; Discover the stunning 14th century Batalha Monastery – Unesco world heritage site; Take a photo at the top of the Nazaré Cliffs with stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean; Relax at lunch in the fishing town of Nazaré, with a great variety of regional restaurants and snack-bars; Enjoy the sea breeze as we drive along the Atlantic coast passing gorgeous cliffs and pitoresque villages of Foz do Arelhoand São Martinho do Porto; We stop in some great look-out places on top of the cliff for pictures; Drive along the lagoon of Óbidos and agricultural fields; Fall in love with Óbidos, a romantic medieval village, full of flowers. Freetime to explore the narrow streets, the castle walls and visit the handicraft and traditional souvenir shops; Enjoy the views along the high-way on the return to Lisbon.

Pick-up 1 - 9:00 am - In front of Hard Rock Café (Praça Restauradores)
Pick-up 2 - 9:15 am - In front of Hotel Sana Lisboa (Av. Fontes Pereira de Melo,8 next to Rt. Marquês de Pombal)

Special price for SIEF delegates: 54 euro (including the traditional Ginja Liquor at Obidos)
Reservations: info(at)insidelisbon.com, for the attention of Mr Pedro Costa, referring to 'SIEF Congress' to benefit from this price
Further info: http://insidelisbon.com/daytrips/regular/obidos-fátima

3. Eco-museum and Arrabida (8hrs, full day)

Leave Lisbon by the 25th April Bridge to Corroios, to visit two units of the Eco-museum of Seixal Municipality. The museum enhances and disseminates evidence of man and the environment. Stop at the Tide Mill of Corroios, an example of the harnessing of tidal power, with great importance in the industrialization of the national milling sector. Continue to the Gunpowder factory, the most important example of industrial archeology on the parish of Corroios.

Stop for lunch in Seixal in a traditional Cacilheiro boat which was restored and converted into a restaurant.

After lunch its time for a Wine tasting and a guided tour to the Casa Museu Jos Maria da Fonseca, one of the oldest wine producers of Portugal, still in the same family (includes 2 wine tastings).

Drive along the mountains of the Arrbida Natural Park (500m peak) to admire the spectacular views over the Atlantic Ocean. Return to Lisbon by the 25th de April Bridge to enjoy the last sightseeing of the day: a great view over Lisbon and the Cristo-Rei (Christ statue).

Pick-up: 8.15am - in front of Nova's main gate (Av. Berna 26)
Special price for SIEF delegates: 58 euro (includes lunch with drinks, and 1 red wine and 1 Moscatel at the wine tasting)
Reservations: info(at)insidelisbon.com, for the attention of Mr Pedro Costa, referring to 'SIEF Congress' to benefit from this price

See the publicity flyer (PDF) for more info.

WALKING TOURS

1. The Original Lisbon Walk

Learn how the old city of Lisbon was destroyed in the 18th century and then totally rebuilt to become the city of today. Visit the Rossio Square, the heart of both the old and new Lisbon. Take a look at the Obelisk in the middle of Restauradores Square. It commemorates the Restoration of Portugal’s independence from Spain in 1640, after sixty years of Spanish rule. Marvel at the intricate Neo-Manueline architecture of the Rossio Central Station. Learn about the Carnation Revolution of 1974 as you visit the beautiful Carmo Square, the very place where Portugal’s old dictatorial regime fell after 48 years. Walk through the elegant Chiado neighbourhood, with its old cafés, boutiques, theatres and bookstores. Enjoy a short trip on one of Lisbon’s vintage trams. Wander through the old maze of small squares and narrow alleyways of the Moorish Alfama neighbourhood, where time seems to have stopped one thousand years ago. Learn about Fado, Lisbon’s own musical genre, as you go past the fado Museum and some of Alfama’s hidden, intimate Fado restaurants. Visit Lisbon’s Cathedral, the city’s oldest church, built in 1147. End your tour in Praça do Comércio, formerly the entrance hall of the city, one of Europe’s largest and most beautiful squares.

Meeting Point: 10 am at Square D. Pedro IV (Rossio) at the statue in the center of the square
Special price for SIEF delegates: 10 euro (includes Tram ride)
Reservations: info(at)insidelisbon.com, for the attention of Mr Pedro Costa, referring to 'SIEF Congress' to benefit from this price

2. The Gourmet Walk

Find out about Lisbon’s great Cafés, such as the 18th-century Café Nicola and Portugal’s strong café-culture. Take a look at all the delicious and exotic products on display at Manteigaria Silva, from dried, salted Bacalhau to thesausageshams and cheeses, and learn all their secrets. Learn the history of Port, Portugal’s famous fortified wine, and then try it with the delicious São Jorge Cheese. Marvel at the selection of Ports, chocolates and other delicacies at Casa Macário, and then taste the typical Portuguese Cherry Brandy. Learn about Portuguese sweets and pastries and try the famous Pastel de Nata (custard tart) in Casa Brasileira. Hear about the only tea produced in Europe, the Portuguese Gorreana tea, gronw in the Atlantic Island of São Miguel, in the Azores. Visit one of the most famous restaurants in Lisbon, the Trindade brewery. Admire the beautiful views of Lisbon from the Garden of São Pedro de Alcâtara, in the Bairro Alto. Learn about the Bairro Alto quarter, home to some of Lisbon’s most famous restaurants, fado-houses, bars and nigtclubs. Go down the steps of Calçada do Duque, and admire the breathtaking views of the castle hill, as you go past some more great restaurants.  Try some Portuguese Beer at the República da Cerveja, located in the beuatiful Neo-Manueline building of the Rossio Central Station. Finish your Gourmet tour in style, in the Neo-Moorish Casa do Alentejo, a 17th-century palace that hides one of the most intriguing interiors in the city. Here, in the upstairs bar, you will sit down for a light meal and your guide will introduce you to some of Portugal’s most famous delicacies, accompanied by the delicious Alentejo wine.

Meeting Point: 4:30 pm at Square D. Pedro IV (Rossio) at the statue in the center of the square
Special price for SIEF delegates: 14 euro (includes Port Wine and São Jorge Cheese, Nata pastry, Ginja liquor, Various savouries/tapas)
Reservations: info(at)insidelisbon.com, for the attention of Mr Pedro Costa, referring to 'SIEF Congress' to benefit from this price

 

Please note: The same company (Inside Lisbon) also offers 'private tours' (for groups up to 8 people) and special 'experiences' (such as Wine Tours in Arrábida Mountains’ vineyards and cellars, or Dolphin Watching in Arrábida bay). Please check their website if you are looking for a different tour (http://insidelisbon.com).

 

MUSEUM TOUR

Museu Nacional de Etnologia: Galerias da Vida Rural exhibition (The rural life galleries)

We have arranged a private tour to take place at four times: Thursday 10:30 and 11:30; and Saturday 10:30 and 14:30. There will be an English-speaking guide ONLY on the Thursday tours.

The tours last 50 minutes, are free, and need to be booked in advance by emailing congress(AT)siefhome.org, with MUSEUM tour in the subject line of the email. There can be a maximum of 20 delegates per tour.
The museum is located on Avenida Ilha da Madeira, 1400-203 Lisboa.

Galerias da Vida Rural is a storage room dedicated to the collections related to the portuguese traditional rural life, such as agricultural implements, transports, shepherd shelters, textile technology, grinding systems and household equipment. The objects were collected, mostly between 1960 and 1970, by the team that founded the Museum.

If you have time after the tour, you may also look around Galerias da Amazónia - the storage room that brings to the public all the objects that were brought from Amerindian societies, in particular from the Amazon rainforest. This room, opened in 2006, is the culmination of the work that resulted of the Museum ampliation and the construction of new storage spaces.

WE ALSO RECOMMEND

Cityrama

Fátima Full Day - from €86; Pena Palace -from €59; Sintra Half Day - from €48; Tagus River Cruise - from €31.
Check their website for more tours, detailed information, and reservations: http://cityrama.pt

Lisboasightseeing

Lisbon tour (half day) - from €34; Sintra, Pena, Roca, Cascais, Estoril (full day with lunch) - from €82; Obidos, Alcobaça, Nazaré, Batalha, Fatima (full day with lunch) - from €86.
Check their website for more tours, detailed information, and reservations: http://lisboasightseeing.com

We Hate Tourism Tours

King of the Hills: urban adventure in a classic convertable UMM (Portuguese Jeep); up to 7 travellers - from €20; Sintra, Cabo da Roca, Guincho Beach, Cascais and Belém - from €35.
Check their website for more tours, detailed information, and reservations: http://wehatetourismtours.com

 

And finally, our top local tip

The cheapest excursion is to take tram number 28 through the old town - it costs just three euros and is a very nice ride!