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“Hidden Gem”

Quinta da Regaleira
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Private Sintra Tour from Lisbon with Regaleira Experience
Ranked #1 of 68 things to do in Sintra
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Classified as World Heritage by UNESCO and built at the turn of the 20th century, this romantic architectural complex is comprised of a Palace, a Chapel, and gardens with grottos.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
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“Hidden Gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2014

I was visiting a friend who live in Portugal part-time so she asked me to research what I wanted to do. I found this place on here and told her I really wanted to see this place. She has been to Sintra many, many times but never came here. We had a blast! The grounds are huge and extremely beautiful. The outside of the manor is really impressive and some parts of the inside are as well. What takes the cake with this place however, are the grounds. The caves, the water falls, the gardens, just amazing.
To get to it you can take the 435 bus and it drops you off right in front. Admission is 6 Euro for an adult and 4 for a student. If you have the time this is a must see!

Visited June 2014
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Helsinki, Finland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Perfect place to spend a few hours”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2014

Little imagination and craziness can build wonderful things, and this is a prime example of a one.

A good walk away (for someone who likes walking) from Sintra train station and a bit longer trip from Palace of Pena (if you visit both by foot, I'd recommend to go from Pena down to here and then back to Sintra).

Visited June 2014
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“Leave time to walk the grounds”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2014

The amazingly detailed drawings inside the house show what went into creating this work of art, but the grounds and gardens are equally arresting. The chapel is perfect in every way.

Visited June 2014
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Lovely walks on a nice day”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2014

Sintra is definitely far more enjoyable in the sunshine and one of it's main attractions, a Quinta da Regaleira, is no exception. The grounds are enchanting. Climb the old stone towers if you dare and explore the dark, spooky winding caves below (but bring a torch!! It's pitch black.) My favourite bit was the Poço Iniciático (Iniciatic Well) where you can see the walls winding all the way down to the mosaic-tiled floor. However, looking down did prove testing to my vertigo! If you're afraid of heights, it's more comfortable to see the effect from the middle steps rather than the very top. The Quinta (House) itself is grand and hosts an exhibition about the family that used it as a summer residence in the 19th Century and also about, Luigi Manini, the Italian architect who devoted 14 years of his life designing and building the house and the grounds. Step out onto the Panoramic Terrace for spectacular views of the city on the horizon.

My advice would be to take your time walking around the grounds and bring water. There are many stairs and uphill paths that will give your legs a good workout (but also many benches to stop for a breather as well!)

Visited June 2014
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“A brilliant folly of a garden”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2014

This may not be written large in attractions to visit in Sintra, but it is a worthwhile visit to take yourself back to your childhood and explore the castles, waterfalls and underground passages in a wonderful garden. The house is obviously of interest as well and the entry fee is reasonable at 6 euros for s self tour.We also parked right outside the entrance.

Visited June 2014
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