Bussaco Forest & Palace Private Tour

Tour Number

Activity Level

515338


Categories

Adventure / Active, Day Trip / Out of Town, Hiking and Walking, Youth and Family

Details

Kid Friendly: Yes. I can adapt this tour to be nice and fun for families with kids! I am sure they will love this place!

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 6

Language(s)

explanation

Portuguese (fluent), Spanish (advanced), Italian (basic), English (fluent), German (basic), French (basic)

Living inside a fairytale near Coimbra!


Competing with Sintra as one of the most charming places in Portugal, Bussaco (or Buçaco) is a treasure located in the country's central region, only 30 minutes away from Coimbra!

Bussaco's National Forest is a Protected Area planted by the Order of the "Carmelitas Descalços", to whom these lands had been granted - at the beginning of the 17th Century - in order for them to build a spiritual retreat that included a convent.

In 1888, the Portuguese Crown initiated the construction of a Royal Palace at the same location as the convent, which had to be partially demolished in order to make way for the newer Neo-Manuelino styled building.

During this tour we will contemplate the beauty of this site while walking along one of the many trails of Bussaco's National Forest. After arriving at our destination we will learn about the existing buildings and its history as well as the local flora and fauna!

Itinerary

During this tour we will pass by Luso, the place with the most famous spring/fountain of Portugal! While driving up the mountain we will have a clear view of the plains and mountains nearby. . . that extend all the way to the ocean. I'll park near the Gates and Walls of Bussaco National Forest and then we'll walk uphill while observing the Houses of the Forest - Cold Fountain - Valley of the Ferns - Gardens of the Palace - Convent of the Barefoot Carmelites and Palace of Bussaco! We will be able to make a short stop here for a coffee/pastry, as well as shopping (only if you wish to take a little bit of the mountain with you!) before we walk down the hill and head back home!

Meeting Point + Tour Duration

Meeting Point Options: Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building

End Point Options: Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building

Duration: 4 hours

Transportation

I use a Dacia Lodgy Stepway car from May 2016, with air conditioning and capacity for a maximum of 6 participants. If you wish me to use a different car, please let me know.

What’s Included

Other: Private Guide; Transportation within Coimbra to Bussaco and back; stop for a coffee and a pastry; entrances to the Ruins and Museum

Estimated Local Cash Needed

20 EUR - They have a little shop and café in the woods, so if you want to bring some cash in order for us to make a stop there and for you to take a gift home... make sure you bring cash!

What’s Extra

Other: Handicraft and other gifts; any change in the route requested by the client on the go

Restrictions

I work under a licensed tour company - certified by the Tourism of Portugal RNAAT 237/2012. I have no restrictions entering monuments and museums.

Private tour guide Sara

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