Quinta da Regaleira

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Avenida Barbosa du Bocage, Sintra, Portugal
219 106 650.

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slothtraveller slothtra…
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Outstanding place to visit Feb 02, 2017
Just outside Sintra on a road leading up into the hills, there is a stunning house set in vast, well-kept grounds. This property is the Regaleira estate (or Quinta da Regaleira) and was one of the highlights of my time in Portugal. The house is named after the Baroness da Regaleira who acquired it in 1840. In 1893, it was sold to an eccentric millionaire, Antonio Augusto de Carvalho Monteiro, whose vision shaped the house and grounds into what they are today. He enlisted the help of esteemed Italian architect Luigi Manini and some of Portugal's best artists to create a fairytale house with a garden full of mystery and surprises. The house and grounds were opened to the public on the 27th of June 1998 after the Municipality of Sintra acquired them.

The house and the adjacent chapel are interesting to explore but for me the best part of Quinta da Regaleira was the garden and the many unique follies that are dotted around it. The grounds feature grottoes, a waterfall, towers with great views over the Sintra area and many diverse varieties of trees. I loved walking down into the depths of the Initiatic Well which is some 27 metres deep and connects with other parts of the garden via some creepy underground walkways.

Entry costs 6 Euros for adults and the entrance fee is well worth it. I spent most of the day here exploring the house, chapel and grounds. I also ate at the restaurant at Quinta da Regaleira where the food and prices were good- the Pasteis da Nata were very nice! The service on the other hand was very poor in comparison. There are several toilets dotted around the grounds too so you don't have to worry about drinking a lot of water to stay hydrated in the summer heat! I explored the grounds on my own using the fantastic map they provide you with, although there are guided tours also available. For me, half of the intrigue of the place was discovering what lay around each corner on my own.

Quinta da Regaleira is open between 10am and 8pm in high season with earlier closing times in low season months.

Website: http://www.regaleira.pt
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Maurizioago Maurizio…
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Quinta da Regaleira. Mar 10, 2017
This estate was built between 1904 and 1910. It was designed by an Italian architect; Luigi Manini for a wealthy Brazilian merchant; Antònio Augusto Carvalho Monteiro.

Here you can visit a palace, built in neo-Manueline style, a chapel built in 1904 and a very beautiful garden with several fountains, grottoes, turrets and two artificial lakes.

The palace has five floors. Here you can visit the kitchen, and several rooms. You can visit the palace with a guided tour or by yourself.
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yarayarinha7 yarayari…
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A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! Jan 22, 2013
I took the guided tour of the Quinta and I have no words to describe the experience!

Our tour guide was Jose Oliveira a really funny and extremely knowledgeable guy, who spoke perfect English and seemed to know every little detail of the place.

Our experience wouldn't have been the same without him and his encyclopedia like knowledge, so don't hesitate in taking the tour with him! It's worth every penny and you won't understand the depth of the place without a guide.

The gardens are amazing, so detailed and every little corner has a lot of meaning, a very deep spiritual meaning behind every stone, stairs, lake, cave, waterfall, etc...

It's breathtaking and one of the most spectacular places I ever came across in the whole world.

Visited December 2012
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soljohnson soljohns…
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A true dream garden May 14, 2012
I went on a few tours during my vacation in Portugal and I enjoyed the Quinta da Regaleira garden the most. The water elements, structures, trees and flowers made this place truly a magical and peaceful place. The garden was full of masonic number sequencing (for lack of a better description) and a strong platonic influence. Everything had a purpose or meaning. The tour guide was awesome!! He guided with tons of knowledge and passion and explained the many philosophical aspects of the garden. Every structure, stone, flower and cave was fully thought out and had a purpose. Every path and cave had more than one optional path. The garden was purposely planned like that to make you think about life choices. Absolutely Fantastic!!!
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travelcanuck travelca…
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A Must in Sintra!! Oct 03, 2011
Sintra is amazing!!!!!! One of my favourite places in Europe. Quinta de Regaleira is so interesting, you feel that you are literally teleported into someone's life you wish you had. Put aside quite a bit of time for this property because their is so much to see! The best advice I can give is bring a flash light!! Their are so many beautiful caves to see that If you are without light it will not be the same. I had to improvise and use my camera flash but luckily for me it worked out. When going to Quinta do not take a bus from town because it is about a ten minute walk and you get to see a beautiful waterfall!

*** Use a map because the property is massive

*** Bring Flashlight

*** Walk to Quinta de Regaleira

*** Don't miss out on seeing the temple and Spiral Staircase
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It's Hard to Believe this Place Really Exists May 19, 2011
No, really. You'll never see anthing like this elsewhere. It's a fantasy land comes to life. A labyrinthe of disorienting, gob-smacking enchantment. It must be one of the most underrated, unpublicized attractions in Europe.
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ariel444 ariel444
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AMAZING! Jan 24, 2009
Sintra itself is a can't miss type of a city, and the Quinta de Regaleira is icing on the cake. Coming up the road and around the corner, I was stopped dead in my tracks when I saw the amazing mansion. Once I entered the grounds it got even better! One can spend hours on end wandering and literally getting lost in the gardens and it's underground tunnels. It's full of wells, lakes, waterfalls, statues, spiraling stair cases and towers, an aquarium, fountains, grottos, breathtaking views -- everywhere you turn there's a different path to take and every one of 'em you'll want to venture down! To be honest I felt like I was in a completely different world while I was there, and hours flew by without me even realizing it! It's a place i'll never forget, and hope some day to return to.
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