The 22nd edition of Medieval Journey starts in Santa Maria da Feira next Wednesday and this year reorganizes some spaces of the room to accommodate more public in the spectacles and to make more fluid the areas of restoration.
Until August 12, the historical recreation that results from an investment of 1.3 million euros, and that the organization guarantees to be “100% self-sustaining”, will recreate the reign of D. Pedro I with the daily work of more than 2,000 people and the presentation of 67 shows per day, with a total of 1,692 views throughout the event.
Considering that this should attract some 700,000 visitors to the 33 hectares of the site during the 12 days of the program, an additional 580 seats have been installed on the banks of the Caster River, serving as an audience for anchor shows and reorganized also the provision of the taverns housed in the food courts of the Orfeão and the Municipal Pools, so that they can accommodate more tables and benches.
“The concept of this year is openness, open space, open more public, open more convenience,” said the director general of the event, Paulo Sérgio Pais.
He added: “We want people to have full enjoyment of the content and we are strengthening the conditions for it.”
With prices ranging from 2.5 to 4.5 euros for daily tickets and seven or eight euros depending on the date of purchase of a free-transit bracelet, which may increase the cost of optional access to certain areas the Medieval Journey thus receives about 2,500 people in seated places during the main shows in the riverside meadow next to the forest of Guimbras.
According to Paulo Sérgio Pais, the wooden benches already installed in previous years accommodated “some 1,700 people”, to which were added 200 in the VIP bench that the organization reserves for guests, but to these structures now another metal bench of 580 places arranged by 13 rows with great slope.
“In addition to ensuring greater comfort for more people, this arrangement of the audience replicates that of a semicircular amphitheater, which will guarantee everyone better visibility conditions in the shows of 18:30, 21:30 and 23:30”, says the director of Travel.
As for the food courts of Nau, Orfeão and Municipal Pools, where most of the taverns are located, these terreiros were reorganized to ensure better circulation to the public and to secure more places to enjoy the medieval snacks, many of them made by teams affected to collectivities of the municipality.
“In the Praça da Nau, in front of the old inn, we took out the taverns and changed the layout of the craft stalls, to better circulate and give more space to the artists,” said Paulo Sérgio Pais.
Just behind, on the other side of the river, will also now be open to the public a new terraced terrain that, with animation and regatões, will work “as an extension of the Povoado”.
The biggest transformation will be, however, in the next two squares, beginning with Orfeão, where part of the taverns will be moved to the pool wall to widen the terreiro of permeio and integrate into it the low wall that used to divide the space and now it will function as an extensive bank.
In this reorganization, the travel wardrobe also goes back and is transferred to the entrance to the pools, thus gaining “more peace and privacy.”
Already in the last food square on the bank of the Caster, the reorganization of the taverns aims to integrate the trees in the area of ??stay and animation, which also extends the space available for meals.
In all, these reorganizations of taverns and bowling and artisan stalls will allow the “50% increase” in the number of tables and benches available this year in the Orfeão and Piscinas squares, so that these areas will have an estimated capacity of 1,100 seats .