63. They have a list called Seven Wonders of Portugal
64. Walking from Sintra station to the town’s historic centre is like taking a visit to an open-air art gallery.
65. Sintra National Palace should have the biggest kitchen in the world judging from their two giant chimneys
66. Quinta da Regaleira’s entrance fee of EUR6 is great value for money. The estate is so big that you can probably spend a whole day walking its ground. There was even a pianist playing the in the garden when we were there.
67. It also has some beautiful door handles and mosaic floors
68. The two mysterious wells in Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra take you through a spiritual journey. Both wells resemble underground towers and are connected to each other through an underground tunnel. I don’t think I can write better than who-ever-this-is, so here’s an excerpt for you: “A journey of rebirth and self-discovery is the concept behind the well… depending on the direction you choose, either a journey down the depths of the earth, or a climb out of the darkness into the light, the journey through the earth is like a rebirth through mother nature’s womb, from where all things come and where one day shall all return… The well is divided into nine platforms reminiscent of the Divine Comedy by Dante and the nine circles of Hell, the nine sections of Purgatory and the nine skies which constitute Paradise. At the base of the well you will find a Rosicrucian Cross, which also happened to be the coat of arms of Carvalho Monteiro.”
The Unfinished Well is the smaller of the two
The Initiation Well is the one that you often find on postcards and websites about Sintra
69. Palácioda Pena (National Palace of Pena) in Sintra is probably the most colorful palace in the universe. The colors pop even on a foggy day.
70. The palace is on top of a hill, but you can take a tuk-tuk to go up there. Or a bus.
71. Pena Park surrounding National Palace of Pena looks mysterious on a rainy day.
72. Ducks living in Parque de Pena (Pena Park surrounding National Palace of Pena) are the luckiest canards in the world. Their living quarter, a.k.a castle-like duck houses are set in a fairy tale landscape that can rival the movie Lord of the Rings.
73-101: I’ll save these for my next trip to Portugal 🙂