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June 5th, 2009 – by: l_quah
Taking the 434 tourist bus up to the two castles in the hills is a joyride in itself - if you think the way up is frightening, wait until you come speeding down the narrow windy curves in the unwieldy bus later on! Still, the drivers know what they're doing, and the Palacio de Pena is amazing for it's brightly coloured buildings and elegant archways.
My favourite out of all the castles visited that day (and we didn't even visit them all!) was the Quinta do Regaleira - it's grounds are simply stunning for their lush vegetation and for the fairytale-like eruption of ancient stone monuments and walkways from the foliage.
In the main castle itself, there is a stunning mosaic tile floor in the first room with an amazingly ornate carved fireplace. The carved rope knotwork on the outside of the windows is also really lifelike, and I couldn't get over how fanciful everything was. The top floor of the castle was inhabited by a weird modern display of the castle evolution, accompanied by eerie background music of plopping water and screeching strings. Surreal.
Wish I'd had more time (and better feet) for exploration!
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