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Quinta da Regaleira Guided Tour

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If historical secrets keep you up at night, join the guided tour of Quinta Da Regaleira and discover how it earned its position as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Highlights

  • On this guided tour, stroll around the dreamy landscape of Quinta da Regaleira and witness some of history’s best-kept secrets, which are otherwise inaccessible to the common public.

  • Explore Quinta da Regaleira's lush gardens, lakes, grottoes, and enigmatic constructions and dare to descend the world-famous Initiation Well, as you learn about its many legends.

  • From tales of the Templars to Freemason secrets to the international poets who were inspired by this fairy-tale location, hear all about it from your guide.

  • Wander through the lush green garden compounds, adorned with lakes, grottoes, and enigmatic constructions, uncover the mysteries of each place, and leave enriched with amazing facts.

  • Fun fact: The Initiation Well isn't actually a well. This iconic 98-foot tower resembles a well but lacks any water source.

Inclusions

  • Guided tour of Quinta de Regaleira

  • Entry to Quinta de Regaleira

  • Expert English, Spanish, or Portuguese-speaking guide (as per option selected)

Cancellation policy

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

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Guests from Spain, United States, Canada and over 23 countries have loved this experience
Kimberly Stiefel

Kimberly

5/5

Apr, 2024

Our tour guide was really great and really helpful with guiding us on our next town that we were headed to the next morning! Highly recommend this tour!
Amber Carter

Amber

5/5

Mar, 2024

Katherine was an amazing guide!! Her interaction and wealth of knowledge enriched our experience. Katherine moved us along at the perfect pace - allowing time for photos and exploration, but keeping us on track to cover the entire grounds. Thank you for helping create a memorable afternoon!!
Nuria Fernández Fernández

Nuria

5/5

Nov, 2023

Very nice guide and explains every detail very well! You can see that he likes and enjoys it, which makes the rest of us do it too!
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Luis Muñoz Olmo

Luis

3/5

Nov, 2023

The guide was very friendly and respectful. We would have liked some more explanations and to see more areas of the site. I expected more, according to what we paid.
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Quek Ying Jie

Quek

5/5

Nov, 2023

Alex was our guide for the tour. He is bilingual and able to speak both English and Spanish. Our tour had both group and Alex was fluent to interact with everyone, ensuring that all the participants are listening and answer any queries that we had. It was good to have Alex since he was knowledgeable about the site and able to explain about the structure and history of the site (there isn't any brochure or info around the site so you won't be able to read up about it). It was a great experience!

If you are a history enthusiast, the Quinta Da Regaleira guided tour is the perfect half-day adventure for you. Wander into the world of ancient royalty, explore the iconic palaces of Sintra, and learn about the stories, myths, and legends associated with this UNESCO World Heritage site.

Interesting tidbits about Quinta da Regaleira

Designed by Luigi Manini, Quinta Da Regaleira is also locally known as the ‘The Palace of Monteiro Millionaire.’ It earned this name on account of its famous owner António Augusto Carvalho Monteiro. Your expert local tour guides will introduce you to the location with detailed descriptions of Sintra's history, legends as well as the rulers who once ruled these lands. Learn how the Gothic architectural masterpiece was built in the 19th century with alchemy in mind.

Quinta da Regaleira in all its glory

Quinta da Regaleira — the name itself holds so much history that when you get there, you can explore everything that makes it what it is. Wander through the lush gardens which create a sense of wonder and enchantment. Don't miss out on visiting the Rose Garden which represents Rosicrucicm - the concept of garden and soul. Your guide will also take you to Leda's grotto, a small cave that consists of statues of Leda and the Swan, representing the union of the divine and the earthly. The tour is not complete without visiting the famous Initiation Well, also known as inverted towers, which represents the journey of initiation into the Masonic order. Go down the 9 stories of this 'tower' and marvel at the symbols created. Every area of Quinta Da Regaleira, from the opulent chambers to the eerie caverns, has something to say about Carvalho Monteiro and his quest for the truth, which you will learn on this guided tour.

What to bring

  • It is recommended to wear comfortable shoes and carry a windbreaker.

  • During the summer months, it is recommended to bring hats/caps to protect from the sun, and water for hydration due to high temperatures.

What's not allowed

  • Note that the following are not allowed: suitcases, trolleys, large backpacks, pets except guide dogs and service animals, tripods, drones, and flash photography.
  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.

  • Display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the attraction.

  • Please arrive at the meeting point 10 minutes before the scheduled time of your visit to avoid any delays.

Meeting Point

  • Meet your guide at the entrance of Quinta da Regaleira.

  • Address: R. Barbosa du Bocage 5, 2710-567 Sintra, Portugal.

  • Landmark: Nearby Café da Regaleira.

  • Your guide will be holding a small red flag.

Get Directions to the Meeting Point

Getting There

By Bus

  • The closest bus stop is Largo Ferreira Castro. It is a quick 8-minute walk to the meeting point.

  • Board bus 1253 to get you there.

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