Private Night Walk: The Inquisition's Hand in Sintra







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You will meet the Historian Miguel Boim early in the night near Sintra's Historic Centre. From there will begin your journey to the past. 

This Night Walk has around 4 kilometres and lasts up to 4 hours. It's mostly done around Sintra's Historic Centre (you'll experience some hidden corners of the dark of the mountain at one point) and it intends for you to feel how the Inquisition was felt in Sintra, as well as its normal procedures and "celebrations" in Lisbon (since Sintra processes were connected to Lisbon's Inquisition court and prison.) 

You will also observe some monuments (from the outside), such as the Royal Palace, Quinta da Regaleira, Pena Palace, Seteais Palace, and a few others.

In the region, all the open cases would converge to Lisbon's Inquisition court. The news that arrived from Lisbon were sometimes surprising. And here, in the village of Sintra, people eagerly awaited for the Auto de Fé in the Kingdom's capital. But the processes, the reports and stories, the atmosphere in which people were living, all of these bring light into a series of shadows created by fantasy, while at the same time it raises the veil behind which some of those stories hide in the historical past, far superior to any fiction.

The habits and the customs, the delations and denouncements, all of the stories enveloped in the nocturnal atmosphere of one of the most propitious places to let the mind travel into the past, all in the Historian Miguel Boim words. Needless to say you may feel at will to ask any question you may have related Sintra's History.

The effort implied in this night walk is equivalent to spending a whole afternoon strolling around Sintra, with its ups and downs. In this specific theme you'll be standing longer than in other walks/themes, given that the Inquisition theme is a very dense one.

We will end our night walk at Sintra's Historic Centre, where you'll then have the chance to feel its nocturnal tranquility.

⭐ Highlights
+ Learn how the Inquisition worked in its most interesting mechanisms
+ Experience the aura of having such a nearby Inquisition court, like the one in Lisbon
+ Know in detail about some of the Inquisition's processes and how curious they can be
+ Unearth from memory places and monuments related to the portuguese Inquisition
+ Rest from the daily crowds with a peaceful walk in Sintra's night

✔ Included
+ You'll be provided with a safety vest, so you can remain safe and visible in the dark of the night.

❌ Not Included
- Inside access to the monuments is not part of the programme.

⚠ Know Before You Book
.Booking needed until 72h prior to the desired date, in accordance to the Natural Parks legislation and mandatory reporting to authorities.

.Minimum age: 14.
.This walk is not recommended for people with limited mobility, cardiac conditions, or pregnant women.

.No smoking allowed.
.Since it is in the mountains you will find ups and downs (in regular terrain) in the route.
.The terrain will be irregular in some parts, but nothing a person with no movement impairment can't handle.
.The walk has about 6 kilometres in around 4 hours (circular route; 4 hours including stoppings at specifical points).
.This walk will take place between 20h00 and 01h00.
.This walk will occur under almost all weather conditions (being the exception the ones that may imply any risks for the participants or warnings from the Civil Protection) so please have the proper clothing and footwear (no need to be technical equipment for hiking).

‼ Know Before You Go
.Please be at the meeting point at 20h00.
.You will need comfortable footwear (the same you would use to stroll around in a touristic place for a whole afternoon) and clothes that can be suitable for cold but that you can easily remove them if you feel hot.
.Each element of your group must have their ID with them.
.Make sure everyone in your group has their individual bottle of water.

📍 Meeting Point
At Volta do Duche (the street between the train station and Sintra's Historic Centre), nr. 62, 2710, Sintra, Portugal, you will find the Moorish Fountain in front of a zebra crossing. It is easy to find since people are always stopping to take pictures of the fountain. Miguel Boim will be on one of the sides of the fountain. You will recognize him by the bearded person face in the logo.


  • For lovers of:

    Culture and a View and Smell the Nature.

  • Risk level:


  • Duration:

    04:00 Hours

  • GPS Location:

    Lat:38.7963219N Long:9.3886109W

  • Meeting point:

    Volta do Duche, 62

  • Translator:


  • Translation for:

    English, Portuguese


  • Customers:

    Minimum: 1

    Maximum: 9

  • Children:

    Not Allowed Up to the age of 13

  • Babies:

    Not Allowed Up to the age of 3

  • Reservation:

    Within: 48 hours


  • Adults:

    From 65.00 € up to 140.00 €


  • Pays accepted:
  • Vouchers accept:

    ['Paper', 'Electronic']


  • Month(s)

    January - December


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