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EVParade | Welcome Reception | Gala Dinner | Closing Session | Visit Estoril and Surroundings
Electric Vehicle Parade - Wednesday, March 17th, 18h00

In the 2004 EET "kick off", an Electric Vehicle Parade will take place. This EV parade starts at the Estoril Congress Center and ends at the Cascais Cultural Centre, passing by the Cascais Town Hall. This will be an important occasion for a big public impact of the 2004EET

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Welcome Reception, Wednesday, March 17th, 19h30
2004 EET Conference Delegates are invited to a welcome reception hosted by the Mayor of Cascais. This event will take place at the Cascais Cultural Centre. The reception begins after the Electric Vehicle Parade.
Gala Dinner, Thursday, March 18 th, 20h00
For the Gala Dinner delegates are invited to join the exquisite atmosphere of the luxurious Tivoli Palácio de Seteais. A magnificent example of 18th century architecture, this palace hotel is located in the heart of the Serra de Sintra (Sintra Mountain), a UNESCO world heritage site, some 20 km from Estoril. You will enjoy an open bar and splendid dinner, with Piano music as well as Fado.

On the way we will have a sight of the Pena Palace, with its magnificent nineteenth century mélange of neo-moorish and neo-medieval styles. The Royal Palácio de Sintra, right in the centre of town and lovingly built over many centuries, is also known for the gigantic chimneys in its Royal Kitchen.

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Portuguese Wine and Cheese tasting - Closing Session Friday, March 19th, 17h00

The 2004 EET delegates are invited to a closing session with Portuguese Wine & Cheese tasting, and music by a string quartet, the "Quarteto Intempore". After an impacting Round Table about the "Roadmap for Electric Driven Vehicles", this closing session is designed to give a relaxed atmosphere and to provide for personal contacts and networking opportunities. The Minister of Science and Higher Education - Professor Maria da Graça Martins da Silva Carvalho will close the Conference.

 

Visit Estoril and Surroundings

 

Estoril has all the facilities you will need together with a natural beauty and individual architecture blending with the surroundings. It is worth taking a stroll along to Monte Estoril, where you will find many pretty buildings on the way. In the park in front of the Casino, a colourful scene pleases the eye, edged by tall, tropical palm trees. Without losing any of its natural charm, Estoril has spread and now offers many facilities for the visitor.
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Cascais

This picturesque town with its pretty little palaces overlooking the sea has been inhabited from the remotest ages. From various interesting finds, it is known that Paleolithic man lived there, and it is believed Eolithic people lived in local caves 4000 years ago. There is also much evidence from the Roman period, dating from 1 AD. Villas have been excavated and inscriptions found of family names, names of the Gods they worshipped and names chosen for their sons. Also names from the time of the Arab occupation can be found. lbne Mucane was born in Alcabideche and it was he who made the first literary reference to the introduction of windmills into Europe. He was an Arab poet and is remembered by a monument situated near the windmills on the road out of the village leading to the Autodrome.

Estoril

An internationally known resort, Estoril has a natural beauty and individual architecture blending with the surroundings. It is worth taking a stroll along to Monte Estoril, where you will find many pretty buildings on the way. In the park in front of the Casino, a colourful scene pleases the eye, edged by tall, tropical palm trees. Without losing any of its natural charm, Estoril has spread and now offers many facilities for the visitor.


Surrounding Areas

The Estoril principal surroundings are Sintra, Queluz, Mafra and Lisbon that can offer attractive visits.

SINTRA

The romantic town of Sintra, praised by Lord Byron, is a must for those visiting the Estoril Coast.
Less than twenty kilometres away, this area is particularly attractive for its lush vegetation and the original architecture of the houses, mostly dating back to the XIX Century. In the town, visit the Royal Palace, home of the Portuguese Kings since the XIV century and the Museum with its collection of archaeological exhibits. Away from the town, see the park with trees hundreds of year’s hold, the XII century Moorish Castle and the Pena Palace – a romantic gem of the XIX century, designed by Baron de Eschwege.

QUELUZ

Between Sintra and Lisbon, Queluz is best known for its Palace built in 1747 on the orders of King Pedro III, husband of Queen Mary I, designed by Vicente de Oliveira and the French architect Jean-Baptiste Robillon. It is one of the best copies of the Versailles Palace. Of particular note is the Throne Room, the Queen's dressing room, the music room, the rich tapestries, Austrian porcelain and Chinese screens, etc. The gardens are beautiful and the geometric layout of the flowerbeds enhances the gracious neo-classic collection of statues. Trains run from the Rossio Station in Lisbon to Queluz.

MAFRA

To the north of Sintra, the town of Mafra has a magnificently majestic Convent in neo-classic style.
Build by King João V in the first half of the XVIII century; it represents the riches of Portugal from the wealth of gold brought back from Brazil

OEIRAS

Is a beautiful city near the sea at Lisbon Cascais way.
Mainly attractions are:

Caxias Royal Estate
The construction of the Quinta Real de Caxias was carefully planned: the works began in the 18th century and were only completed by the beginning of the 19th century. Situated by the sea, there are dazzling gardens, inspired by those of the Versailles Palace.

Gunpowder Factory of Barcarena
The Fábrica da Pólvora de Barcarena was in activity between 1540 and 1940, having played an important role in the life of the local population by creating jobs and promoting the region’s and the country’s development through the production of gunpowder.

Marquis of Pombal Palace
The former residence of Sebastião José de Carvalho and Mello is a typical 18th-century manor house, created by the Hungarian architect Carlos Mardel. Inside, the paintings and decorated stucco ceilings are worth admiring. Nowadays, the palace contains few original pieces.

Old Automobile Museum
The Museu do Automóvel Antigo is located at Paço de Arcos; the best way to get there is by the Marginal Avenue that follows the coastline and where it is signalised. Standing by the sea, the museum shows the evolution of motorcars along the 20th century.

Santo Amaro Chapel
Built by the brotherhood of Conceição (conception), the royalty, especially king Manuel I, who was a devout of St. Amaro, always, frequented this small temple. Reconstructed in the 18th century, it presents a single nave, whose paintings describe the life of the Virgin.

São Julião da Barra Fort
The Fort of St. Julian´s Strand began to be built in the 16th century, during the reign of king John III, and it was enlarged and remodelled over the ages, according to how it was used. The fortress walls witnessed some of the most important military conflicts in Portugal.

LISBON

One of the most important places for the visitor is of course, Lisbon - capital of Portugal and relatively close to Estoril. There is no room here to give a detailed programme as each person has to choose their own places to visit. However, we would suggest stopping at Belém, just before you arrive in Lisbon and where you will find the Jerónimos Monastery and the Tower of Belém, both interesting monuments in the Manueline style. Nearby are the Museums of Archaeology, Ethnography (housing one of the most important ethnographic collections of the African people), the Coach Museum with an interesting collection of coaches from the XVIII century and the Museum of Popular Art - representing art from all over Portugal. The Pombalin historic centre from Praça do Comércio close to the Tagus riverbank up to Rossio was totally rebuilt after the 1755 earthquake and its geometric configuration depicts the spirit of iluminism.
On the eastside stands the St. George Castle built during the Moorish period and several times fortified.
To visit this area you don't have to walk all way, you may catch the no. 28 tramway, which passes by the Cathedral taking you up to the Castle.
The view of Lisbon from there is unforgettable, the Tagus estuary and the 25th of April Bridge with a length of 2.3km.
On your way back take the route that leads to the oldest district of Lisbon, Alfama.
There a labyrinth of small narrow streets and steep stairs will confront you. In the mornings you can visit the fish market at the São Pedro Street.
Art lovers should not miss the Gulbenkian Museum. There are many excursions from Estoril Coast to all these places mentioned. Full information is available from the Tourist Board or the reception of your hotel.


 

 

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