Palácio e Quinta da Regaleira

Palace in Sintra

Quinta Da Regaleira
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Quinta Regaleira, one of Sintra’s most mysterious attractions, is located very near to the town’s historic center.

The Palácio da Regaleira, surrounded by lush greenery, was constructed in the early 20th century by António Augusto Carvalho Monteiro (1848-1920), a millionaire who fulfilled one of his dreams with the help of architect Luigi Manini (1848-1936). The palace is a captivating discovery, with its Romantic revivalist style that imitates Gothic, Manueline, and Renaissance architectural and decorative forms, intermingled with mythical and esoteric symbolism.

The Chapel of the Holy Trinity, or Capela da Santíssima Trindade, is particularly noteworthy. Visitors may descend through a spiral staircase into the crypt to explore the impressive initiation well, which leads to a hidden lake in the middle of the gardens through a grotto at the bottom.

Visiting Palácio e Quinta da Regaleira


9.30am-7pm Apr-Sep, to 5pm Oct-Mar


adult/child €6/4, tours €12/8

Address: Quinta da Regaleira, Rua Barbosa du Bocage, Sintra, Portugal
Duration: 1 hours

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Casa de Mateus

Palace in Vila Real

Fachada Do Palácio De Mateus
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The Casa de Mateus palace, constructed in the first half of the 18th century and featuring the skilled hand of Nicolau Nasoni, is located on a vast estate and surrounded by stunning gardens. It is considered one of Portugal’s most exquisite examples of baroque civil architecture.

The interior of the palace boasts intricately carved wood ceilings, furniture from various periods, 17th and 18th century paintings, silverware, ceramics, and a noteworthy library housing an edition of the epic poem Os Lusíadas.

Owned by the Mateus Foundation, the palace has sponsored numerous cultural activities, particularly in music, literature, sculpture, and ceramics. Festivals, courses, seminars, and exhibitions are regularly organized by the foundation.

Visiting Casa de Mateus

Address: Fundação Da Casa De Mateus, Casa de Mateus, Vila Real, Portugal
Duration: 2 hours

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Museu do Abade de Baçal

Museum and Palace in Bragança

Edifício Do Antigo Paço Episcopal De Bragança
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The former Episcopal Palace, built in the 18th century and once the official residence of bishops for half a year, was transformed into the Abade de Baçal Museum in 1915. The museum is named in honour of father Francisco Manuel Alves (1865-1948), also known as Abbot of Baçal, who had a passion for the history and art of the region and was instrumental in its creation.

The museum’s exhibits cover the religious, social, political, economic, and artistic history of Northeast Trás-os-Montes, along with memories of the former Bishop’s Palace. Artefacts and objects from hunter-gatherer and metallurgical societies document the prehistory and protohistory of the region. The museum also features funerary stelae, altars, milestones, farming tools, ceramics, and decorative objects that support the North-eastern Romanisation. It includes a section dedicated to national numismatics and jewellery of the 18th and 19th centuries, as well as a significant collection of furniture.

Visiting Museu do Abade de Baçal


9h30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Closed: Mondays, 1 January, Easter Sunday, 1 May, 25 December.

Address: Museu do Abade de Baçal, Rua Abílio Beça, Bragança, Portugal
Duration: 20 minutes

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