Quinta Da Regaleira And The Inititation Wells, Sintra

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Address: Sintra 2710-567, Portugal

Phone: +35121-9106656

Ticket Price: 6 EUR

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About Quinta Da Regaleira And The Inititation Wells, Sintra

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 Information

  • 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.

Quinta Da Regaleira And The Inititation Wells Ticket Prices

  • 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 Public Transport

  • By Bus: Take bus 434 and Villaexpress 435.

Restaurants Near Quinta Da Regaleira And The Inititation Wells

  • Restaurante Seteais
  • Village Cafe
  • Restaurante Tulhas
  • Restaurante Alcobaca

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Quinta Da Regaleira And The Inititation Wells, Sintra Reviews

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  • Wow, a really magical place. The house is lovely from outside, although not that exciting inside. The garden is really special! The well and underground tunnels are atmospheric and a bit spooky, but the waterfall and stepping stones are lovely. There is a fantastic view of Sintra from the tower. I highly recommend a visit if you can.

  • Amazing castle grounds with so much to see. You can go in/on almost anything! Really beautiful, and they have an augmented reality app which includes tours to boot! Bring a power bank if you plan to do the tours though, as they can drain your battery pretty quickly! Also, I'd suggest to download the app before you get there (called 'Regaleira 4.0') as it takes a while to download the tours on their free WiFi. Also bring headphones, as disturbing those next to you with the phone tour isn't ideal.

  • Very beautiful and inspiring garden. Caves with hidden entrances (marked on map given as part of entrance fee), interesting vegetation (f.ex. sequoia and cork oak, orchids). Be sure to visit the labyrinth (bring a flash light if you think you need it). The house it self is less interesting but also beautiful. There are many benches and seatings throughout the park, and challenge would be to visit them all - I'm sure if you sat on each for 2-3 minutes it would take you a long time (years) to do so. Definitely worth a visit!

  • Great place to visit. Not a general castle, but rather a mysterious building from a fairytale. The large number of hidden passages and staircases tells the story of this place describing it's owner like a creative person. Also, this palace is full of mason symbols and various attributes that makes it somehow a museum of masons. Though it's a third place in Sintra by popularity but it's probably the most unique one but without huge history or set of kings/queens who lives here.

  • A magical place, almost fairy-tale like. Can easily spend a full day here with friends of family, exploring every nook and cranny. So many hidden stairs, passages, even a secret entrance in a cave leading to a very special fountain. Only 6€ for self guided tour. Not to miss in a sunny day.

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