Quinta Da Regaleira And The Inititation WellsCurrently Closed
- 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.
Quinta Da Regaleira And The Inititation Wells Travel Tips
- 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.
Entrance Ticket Details For Quinta Da Regaleira And The Inititation Wells
- 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.
How to Reach Quinta Da Regaleira And The Inititation Wells
- By Bus: Take bus 434 and Villaexpress 435.
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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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Quinta Da Regaleira And The Inititation Wells Reviews & Ratings
This is a beautiful place to spend the day. Takes you to another world ! As if you are transported to another century. When you come to the station you can walk here. It is a 15 min walk. The ticket costs 8 euro and you can walk around and explore inside. No need for a guide or tour. The place is best explored alone! There are random corners to discover !
A romantically designed villa. The well of initiation should be on top of your list. The property is big, but not too big to walk around. There are many winding paths through gardens, and all are worth exploring. It is a well maintained site. The carvings inside the church are beautiful. Great place for pictures.
Like a fairy tale garden with tons of hidden winding paths, caves, and beautiful greenery everywhere. The cafe has a nice view over the small garden palace. There are restrooms throughout the park. You can download the parks app here or even better in advance and take one of its four suggested guided paths. It's not as crowded as Pena.
Amazing palace with lots to explore! Definitely worth seeing aside a solid 2 hours to explore! The Initiation Well was amazing to walk through along with the caves. The intentionality of the design around Dante's Inferno and popping it into the spring and additional stairwell was quite an experience to go through. That by itself made the entrance fee well with it! It does get busy as with most of Sintra so plan on going early!
Stunning palace and garden: it's historical, it's green and leafy. I particularly loved to visit the well and the cave, crossing the pond on the little rocks and see the waterfall. This sight is definitely something to visit if you're in the neighborhood, specially on a very hot day as you will be able to stay in the shade among the trees.