Quinta da Regaleira is not as well-publicized as the Castle of the Moors and the Pena Palace, which i find quite unfortunate because it’s such an enchanting place (To be honest, Sintra as a whole is pretty enchanting anyway). At the Quinta, you can find ample caves, wells, cascades, labyrinths, towers, a palace and exotic gardens, which basically make you’re in an episode of the Game of Thrones. What i think makes this place quite special are the gothic, esoteric, mythological and masonic references everywhere. As for the classical divinities, visit Patamar dos Deuses; and Leda’s Cave, which is dedicated to the mythological Greek character who was seduced by Zeus, disguised as a swan.
The Initiation Well (pictured above) is an inverted tower comprising of a slippery spiral staircase covered with moss. It is believed to represent Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso from Dante’s Divine Comedy. We Descended down the stairs, towards the dark until we reached the last floor, which is decorated by a wind rose over a Templar cross. The smell of humidity is strong and the floor is often covered with water (so it’s probably best not to wear non-waterproof shoes when you visit Quinta). A little history: The purpose of this well was supposed to be for masonic initiation rites, which is suggested by the strong symbolism of the 9-floor spiral and other elements (#coolstuff). The well leads down to really dark tunnels that lead to all’Entrada dos Guardiães (Guardians’ Entrance); to Lago da Cascata (The Waterfall Lake); and to Poço Imperfeito (Unfinished Well).
Exploring the Quinta da Regaleira took us around three hours, so it’s probably better to go there when you have ample free time on your hands. It costs 6€ and it is probably best you take a flashlight, a bottle of water, and a lot of patience with you when you visit this place.
For more photos check out my Instagram @chaiandtravel
Every day, from 10:00 at 17:3:00 (depending on the season of the year goes to the 8:00 pm)
Closed on 24 and 25 December.
Adult: € 6.00
Children up to 8 years old: free
Discounts for young people, the elderly and families.
The more input the guided tour costs € 10,00