Palácio e Quinta da Regaleira
Palace in Sintra
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