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The Maias Tour By Eça d’ Queirós

The Book Guide Literary Tour Daniela Nicolau - 4090187 - Tourism



Welcome! With this tour you will realize an itinerary between Lisbon and Sintra based on the novel ―The Maias‖ by Eça d‘Queirós (Literary Tourism). In order to understand better this tour and have more information, this book guide will offer all the information that you will need during this route. So, in this book guide you will find two different types of information: one more general and the other more linked with the itinerary. The General Information include: what is Literary Tourism, the reasons we choose this novel and a little summary of the novel for renew your memory. In the other hand, will you read all the information liked with the itinerary such as the programme, the prices and other type of important information about this tour. At least, we hope that you enjoy this tour as much we enjoy making it! Good Trip!

What is it Literary Tourism? Literary Tourism is considered a newly niche tourism and very personalized, because each person interprets it differently. As far as Eagle & Carnell (1977) said this type of tourism has been defined as tourists visit ―... places associated with writers that has often prompted readers to become pilgrims: to visit a birthplace and contemplate the surroundings of an author‘s childhood, to see with fresh eyes places that inspired poems or books, to pay homage at grave side or public memorial‖, which mean that any individual after read a book wants to travel to the places that wore set to a story. This type of tourism have a several number of well succeed Literary Destination, such as Harry Potter (J.K. Rowling) or The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown) or Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen). In general, people visit this place, because they want to be at the same places as they favorite characters and relive the same feels that the character lived or felt. In these days, this type of tourism is associated with Movie Induced Tourism, because both types capture the attention of the reader or the spectator and create the necessary of visit that place.



Why this novel? If you are a curious person, you probably are thinking ―Why this novel?‖ and the answer is form by three simple reasons: - First: “The Maias” is one of the key classics of Portuguese literature, written by one of the greatest nineteenth-century novelists in the history of Portugal - Eça d‘Queirós. Unfortunately, beside the Portuguese people, few foreigners don‘t know him or his twenty books. - Second: In 2001, this novel was adapted to a television mini-series with co-production by a Portuguese channel (SIC) and a Brazilian studio (TV Globo), which increased its visibility, particularly among the Brazilian public. - Third: Like I said before, Eça d‘Queirós it‘s a very important Portuguese novelists and because of it in high school all students learn about this novel and make a tour based on.

Tourist Profile

The tourists that will response positively or that will feel more interest about this tour probably are: - European tourists and Brazilian tourists like we previous saw; - They probably will travel in groups, alone or in couple - Age: from sixteen to eighty - Media, Media-high or High Class; - They search information in the internet, magazines, journals... - Motivations that linked with the purpose of this niche.

The tourist

The Tour



All You Need to Know ―The Maia Tour‖ consists on an itinerary that will last two days and three nights based on literary theme, which mean that we will link to different monuments of Lisbon and Sintra with ―The Maias‖ Novel by Eça d‘Queirós. This itinerary will be made in the last weekend of March (Friday night, Saturday and Sunday). The reasons because we choose this date is because is the first weekend of Spring and you need a good weather for this tour, because the activities is going to happen outside. During this tour, you the stay in the Metrópole Lisbon Hotel*** (Standard room with bed & breakfast) and you will have a private bus that will take you to Sintra and transfer (the airport and the hotel). The meanly transport that you will use is your feet, because the monuments are close to each

The Maias novel

other. In terms of the meals, you always going to eat in restaurants (Adega do Machado, Lawrence‘s Hotel Restaurant, Monserrate Restaurant and Grémio Literário Restaurant) Like you read before, this tour will approach meanly two chapters of the novel: the chapter that happened in Sintra (when Carlos character go to Sintra to search for Maria Eduarda character) and the chapter when Carlos returns to Lisbon after ten years, but you‘ll see other iconic sites mention on the novel. Also, we intend to create a flexible route, where you can have time to rest and see things that you to see and the other way do things that you can mess in Lisbon like going to a Fado House. At least, we consider this tour is easy to do and any one will be able to do, but is important that every participant is prepared for walking, cause you‗ll do long distance. For this, we advise you to bring comfortable shoes, hat or cap, water, rainwater (just in case), sun protection lotion and off course you camera for register the beautiful sites and landscapes that you will never want to forget. “Your enjoyment is our satisfaction and we will do everything to make your chosen walk a safe, memorable experience.”



First Day: Arrival and Fado 06.30 p.m. – Arrival to the Portela Airport., the client will be received by a represent of our agency that will take to the hotel. 06.50 p.m. – Arrival to the Metropole Lisboa Hotel***. After the check-in, the group will get together for a Welcome Cocktail Reception. 07.50 p.m. – Settle the guests in the rooms and free time until the dinner. 09.00 p.m. – The dinner at the Adega do Machado by feet (7 minutes). This is the oldest Fado House in Lisbon. In here you can hear Fado and eat tipical Portuguese food like Green Cabbage Soup (Caldo Verde) 01.00 a.m. - Back to the Hotel

Second Day: Sintra Chapter 08.30 a.m. – Wake up and Breakfast in the hotel. 09.30 a.m. – Departure to Sintra village for the ―The Maias in Sintra‖ tour. 10.10 a.m. – Arrival to the center of the village. The group will be taken to Interpretation center, where watch a little play about the episode of The Maias novel in Sintra. 11.00 a.m. – Visit to the Sintra National Palace. 01.00 p.m. – Launch to the Lawrence‘s Hotel 03.00 p.m. – Visit to the Pena Palace and the gardens. 06.00 p.m. – Trip on a tourist train during 30 minutes. The tour will pass by sites that were classified by UNESCO for their Cultural Landscape. The monuments are: The Royal Palace of Sintra, The Town Hall, the Modern Art Museum, the Moorish Fountain, São Pedro de Perrafim Church, Sabuga Fountain, Valenças Palace and Lawrence’s Hotel . 06.30 p.m. – Free time for shopping and taste the famous ―Queijadas de Sintra‖. 08.00 p.m. - Dinner at the Monserrate Restaurant in Tivoli Seteais Palace.



10.00 p.m. – Nocturnal Activity: Quinta da Regaleira Underground (only happen in the last Sunday of each month). This activity will allow you to know and watch natural species in the area. 11.30 p.m. - Arrival to the hotel. End of the day

Third Day: The Last Chapter

10.00 a.m. – Wake Up and Breakfast at the hotel. After, check-out and put the luggage into the private bus. 11.00 a.m. – Start of ―The Maias tour‖ in Lisbon by feet. We will start at the Café Nicola, which is one of the oldest café in Lisbon. Nearby exist a plaque were Eça d‘Queirós lived. 11.10 a.m. - Camões Statue (After Carlos character return to the trip around the world, 11.15 a.m. - Visit to the D. Maria II Theater. 11.30 a.m. – Pick up “Ascensor da Glória” to take you to the “Miradouro de S. Pedro de Alcântara‖. 12.00 p.m. - Arrival to the ―Miradouro de S. Pedro de Alcântara‖. 12.40 p.m. - Camões Statue 12.50 p.m. – Visit the ―Casa Havanesa‖ (Nowadays is a tobacco store) and the cáfe ―A Brasileira.‖ 01.30 p.m. - Launch at ―Grémio Literário‖ 03.10 p.m. – Arrival to the ―Praça do Comércio‖ 03.20 p.m. – Elevador de Sta. Justa 04.30 p.m. - Free-Time. Meeting at the ―Praça do Comércio‖ 05.30 p.m. – Departure to the Airport. 06.00 p.m. – Arrival to the Portela Airport. Check-in and goodbyes. End of our services 08.15 p.m. – Departure to London




Legend: 1. Tivoli Seteais Palace.

4. Sintra National Palace

2. Quinta da Regaleira

5. Old Village – Center of the village

3. Lawrence’s Hotel

6. Pena National Palace

Some Information: 

Located at the foot of the Sintra Moutains,

Have 377.249 inhabitants (2011)

In 1995 was classified as UNESCO World Heritage Site

This a tourist destination because of your Romantic Architecture and landscapes.



Tivoli Seteais Palace: Built in XVIII century with neoclassic characteristics by a Dutch consul . Nowadays is a luxury hotel, restaurant and draw thousands of tourists.

Sintra National Palace: In the past, this monument was used as one of the residences of the Portuguese kings. This is one of the most preserve places in the country.

Quinta da Regaleira: Also known by ―Palace of Monteiro the Millionaire‖ the palace was built by the Barons of Regaleira . Is one of the most places visit in the villa, because of is architecture and mysticism.

Old Villa : Located in front of the Sintra National Palace, it‘s the centre of the village. In here you‘ll find a lot of gift shops and coffee shop that sells the famous ―Queijadas de Sintra.‖

Lawrence’s Hotel: It‘s know when the hotel was built, but have been used with tourist purpose. In the past, they had Eça d‘Queirós, Ramalho Ortigão and William guest.

Pena National Palace: Classified as UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal, Pena is the most important example of Romanticist. It‘s surroundings are covered by green hills and beautiful gardens.



Sintra City ofVillage Lisbon

Legend: 1. Praça do Comércio

7. Miradoura de São Pedro de Âlcantara

2. Grémio Literário

8. Praça dos Restauradores

3. A Brasileira

9. D. Maria II Theater

4. Casa Havaneza

10. Metrópole Lisboa Hotel

5. Largo Camões

11. Nicola Café

6. Adega Machado

Some Information: 

Capital of Portugal, Lisbon is the one of the two most important cities in the country.

In 1994 was European Capital of Culture and has two sites liste by UNESCO as a World

Heritage Site.


Praça do Comércio: Commonly called ―Terreiro do Paço‖, this square is located close to the Tagus River. In 1755 had a earthquake and had to be remodelled by Marquês de Pombal,


Café A Brasileira: This is one of the most oldest cafés in Lisbon (open since 1868). Also, this is was one of the most favourite spots where important people would met here, like Fernando Pessoa (who have a Statue in the esplanade, where the tourists can take a photo with him)

Miradouro de S. Pedro de Âlcantara: Situated in the end of the trip by Elevador da Glória, this place will allow you to see all the city of Lisbon.

Acensor da Glória: Open in 24th of Outuber of 1884, the Ascensor da Glória was the second most importanat transport created in the city. In 2004, was classified as National Monument

Grémio Literário: Founded in 1846 for promote the culture in Portugal. Nowadays, the Grémio is located here live Maria Eduarda character in The Maias.



Prices (Low and High Budget) Note: All the prices were based on the information given by the website of each product or service. Also, the prices of some services like booking the flight or the accommodation were based by the dates of this tour. This budget don’t includ the meals, because we can‘t find the informarion about the prices and groups allways have discounts.

Flights— From London to Lisbon (Outbound and Return Journey) Low Cost Airline—Easyjet

Airline — British Airways 71,15 € p.p (Approx.)

157,64 € p.p. (approx.)

Accommodation ―Bairro Alto Hostel‖

―Métropole Lisboa Hotel***‖

Facilities: Air Conditioning; TV, Reading Room; Bar/Lounge; Self-Service Kitchen; Massage Room and free Wireless access.

Facilities: Free Wi-Fi in public areas; Room Service and Laundry Service; Fax/Copy Service; Satellite TV; Telephone; Air conditioning and a mini-bar.

Bed for 2 nights: 36€

Double Standard Room w/breakfast for 2 nights : 207, 45€

Monuments and Locals Adega Machado (Dinner)

50€ p.p. (approx.)

Sintra National Palace

7€ p.p

Pena Palace

7€ p.p

Tourist Train

5€ p.p

Nocturnal Activity: Regaleira Farm Underground

10€ p.p

Elevador da Glória

1,50€ p.p

Elevador de Sta. Justa

5,00€ p.p

Other Costs Rent-a-car (Auto Europe - Peugeot 207) Gifts

38,50 € per day 25€

The Maias  

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