Libraries, Information and History in Lisbon - Jon Baines Tours

Libraries, Information and History in Lisbon

8 - 11 Nov 2018
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About the tour

Lisbon is a city that effortlessly blends traditional heritage with striking modernism and progressive thinking - it boasts a literary heritage matched by few other capitals in Europe. The city`s setting is unparalleled and extremely photogenic, sprawling across steep hills overlooking the River Tagus. Bohemian in character, Lisbon is home to Gothic cathedrals, majestic monasteries, fascinating museums, palaces and libraries. Besides its glorious landmarks the city is also home to Bertrand's – the world`s oldest bookshop. It first opened in 1732, was destroyed by the Lisbon earthquake of 1755 and rebuilt a short time later in the spot where it can be found today.

The combination of rich history and culture, beautiful architecture, vibrant social scene and a long literary heritage, as well as a glorious year-round climate, makes Lisbon an enriching city for a CILIP tour.  

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Itinerary at a glance

  • 8 Nov (Thur) London / Lisbon:  Arrive in Lisbon and transfer to My Story hotel. In the afternoon take a guided tour of the National Library of Portugal, created by decree in 1796. Afterwards you will visit the Science Academy of Lisbon, housing one of the three most valuable libraries in the country with over one million pieces. Welcome dinner 
  • 9 Nov (Fri) Lisbon: Visit The Lisbon Archives of Torre do Tombo, another important institution of Portugal whose`chronological corpus` collection of manuscripts were inscribed on UNESCO`s Memory of the World register in 2007, in recognition of its historical value for acquiring knowledge. Afterwards continue to Ajuda Palace and take a tour around its magnificent Royal Library. Take a literature walking tour of Lisbon, covering the perspectives of Portuguese and international writers. The evening is either at leisure of there is an optional `dinner and fado show`.
  • 10 Nov (Sat) Lisbon: Drive to Mafra and tour the incredible Rococo Mafra Library, famously known for using a colony of bats to act as a natural pest control against book-damaging insects. After the highlight of the tour you will drive to the magical village of Sintra for a guided tour before returning to Lisbon. Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
  • 11 Nov (Sun) Lisbon/London:Transfer to the airport for flight home. 

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