Sintra is a wonderful little town northeast of Lisbon, known for it’s colorful Pena Palace, Quinta da Regaleira, wonderous villas and quaint little village. We visited the area on our last day in Portugal, unfortunately it was overcast and as we ascended the mountain it started to rain. You will have to look at the photos in the link to see what I had hoped to capture 🙂
The Initiation Well, sometimes referred to as the inverted tower. The well was never used to collect water, it was a part of a mysterious initiation ritual within the Knights of Templar tradition.
While the initiation well is famous, the gardens surrounding Quinta da Regaleira are breathtaking.
The Pena Palace, a very long walk uphill, a bus ride or as we chose a tuktuk is the pièce de résistance of the Sintra visit. I mentioned earlier that we had very bad weather for viewing this beautiful palace, but it was still magnificent even in the rain. I may have to return to Portugal just to see this place in the sun! LOL