THIS is where you need to spend a majority of your time in Sintra. The house is beautiful and impressive, but the grounds are really where it's at. I describe it as the perfect blend of fairy tale and Disney World. Incredible landscaped yet natural looking grounds to wander and get lost in. There are countless paths and ways to get somewhere and everywhere you look there's a stone tower or structure peeking out. Fountains, lush flowers, secret tunnels, waterfalls, and a seriously cool (but potentially really dangerous) cistern that you can get to through said underground tunnel or by climbing down its spiral staircase.
It's amazing how much free-rein you get - if you see a structure, you can probably climb to the top of it. Kudos to the former owner for teaching me exactly what I would build if I had the same endless amount of money. Definitely worth a long visit!! PS grab a crepe at the food stand and eat it in the shadow of the house - you'll feel like you're in Downton Abbey!
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