Quinta Da Regaleira And The Inititation WellsCurrently Open [Closes at 05:30 pm]
- Address: Sintra 2710-567, Portugal
- Timings: 10:00 am - 08:00 pm Details
- Phone: +35121-9106656
- Ticket Price: 6 EUR
- Time Required: 04:00 Hrs
- Tags: Art And Culture, Palace, Family And Kids, Architecture , Heritage Building
The Regaleira Palace is a huge, highly ornate structure and one that would put Downton Abbey to shame.
Built in the early 20th century, Quinta Da Regaleira is the result and manifestation of its owner’s wild imagination and the handiwork of a gifted Italian architect. Carvalho Monteiro wanted to use the 10 acres of land to create a place that resonated his deep interest in alchemy, the Free Masonry, Rosicrucians and Knights Templars. The millionaire and his architect sought inspirations from different time periods from Romans to the Renaissances to design the Regaleira Palace and surrounding dense forest.
The Palace has a rather otherworldly quality to it. The 5 different floors of the building were systematically allocated to servant’s rooms, kitchen, dining hall, gent’s rooms and ladies rooms. The magnificence of the structure has not yet faded away.
The Regaleira Chapel is a lavishly decorated structure, and one that needs to be admired first hand. The walls, stained glass windows, and ceiling depict beautiful, religious motifs. Look out for beautifully painted floors of the Chapel.
A considerable number of tunnels, grottoes and wells form a prominent feature of the Park landscape. These include Leda’s Cave, Labyrinthic Grotto.
A tourist magnet and a point of fascination for thousands of visitors, the Initiation Wells of Quinta Da Regaliera are an underground miracle! These are a pair of wells that go well below the ground level and were actually used for secretive initiation riotes. Also known as Inverted Towers, these stairs are built on the 'Winding Stair' architecture which imply to the death/rebirth allegory common to hermetic traditions.The tunnels serve as a link between the ceremonial wells that have been designed in the Tarot mysticism tradition. The beauty of these wells is just as magical as the powers associated with them.
Children will especially enjoy the bewildering design of the grottos and turrets. The air of sorcery at the Quinta da Regaleira is quite evident.
- Visitors under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.
- The Palace and Park areas are not suitable for use of wheelchairs or pushchairs.
- If you are interested to explore the tunnels and caves at this attraction, it is advisable to carry along a flashlight.
- To get to Quinta da Regaleira, first take bus 434 and get down at ‘Sintra Turismo’. From here take the Villaexpress 435. It is also possible to walk to the Regaleira from Sintra Turismo.
- Guided tours and other activities at Quinta da Regaleira are not included in the ticket price.
- Children under 8 are permitted free entry.
- Discounts are available for children (9-14), students, senior citizens and family groups.
- By Bus: Take bus 434 and Villaexpress 435.
- Restaurante Seteais
- Village Cafe
- Restaurante Tulhas
- Restaurante Alcobaca
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95% of people who visit Sintra include Quinta Da Regaleira And The Inititation Wells in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
77.39% of people start their Quinta Da Regaleira And The Inititation Wells visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 4 Hrs to see Quinta Da Regaleira And The Inititation Wells
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What a beautiful place! We visited it in November so it was not too crowded. You can get lost and enjoy the beauty of the garden for hours. Pay attention to every details it's worth it. The entrance is not too expensive compared to other (6€ per adult). I definitely recommend this place!
This was an amazing visit!! The garden and palace itself are beautiful. The parking is not practical at all though. You should park in the city center and go there by foot. Also the ticket office is situated at the top of a street where there is traffic and no safe sidewalk so be careful :)
Best value destination in Portugal for the whole family. A magical place that will amaze you over and over again. This will take you at least 3 hours to fully explore and appreciate. The food at the cafe is good and not overly priced for a tourist attraction. You can bring food in to the grounds and bins are provided. Toilets are available and are included in the admission. They are clean and well kept. Be aware that not all areas will be accessible with strollers or for those with mobility needs. A definite must see and with easy access from Lisbon city via the Sintra train. Cost of the train is about €2 (2018), one way and be sure to arrive early to ensure a seat otherwise you will be standing. Journey takes about 45 minutes.
Mandatory stop in this grown people's land of fantasy inspired by the most important literature of Humanity. To know more, you really have to visit. Be aware of the steep lands. Save 2-3 hours of your day in that place. Tip: some parts of the tour closed to the public due to restorations.
The most amazing attraction of Sintra, and probably of Portugal. (World heritage UNESCO) With just 5 euros you'll enjoy a beautiful walk in the middle of nature. I spent there 5 hours visiting the gorgeous palace and exploring the park, there are a lot of romantic spots. There are caves, towers, waterfalls, Sculptures and much more.