Cabo da Roca

Cabo da Roca  is a cape which forms the westernmost extent of mainland Portugal and continental Europe Cabo da Roca lighthouse was the first purpose built light house in Portugal and was completed in 1772 but the present light house originates from 1842. The Cabo da Roca Portugal headland is marked by a stone monument withContinue reading “Cabo da Roca”

A sliver of Sintra

After exploring the quirky joys of Quinta De Regaleria we had a quick trot around the town of Sintra itself. This picturesque town is set in the pine covered hills of the Serra de Sintra. The slightly cooler climate enticed the nobility and elite of Portugal, who constructed exquisite palaces, extravagant residences and decorative gardens. SintraContinue reading “A sliver of Sintra”

Final quirks of Quinta

After exploring the fantastical grounds of Quinta da Regaleira  we head to the house itself. But first we stop by the little chapel outside the house. It is a Roman Catholic Chapel, and Its architecture is akin to the palace’s. The interior of the chapel is richly decorated with frescoes, stained glass windows and lavish stuccoes.Continue reading “Final quirks of Quinta”

Grottos, follies and fun

After the excitement of the Initiation Wells we continue the exploration of the Quinta de Regaleira. The true wonder of the Quinta da Regaleira are the grounds, which cover four hectares and were inspired by the owner’s mystic ideologies. The estate is a sprawling wonderland of follies, castles, underground tunnels and grottos. The enigmatic buildings, scattered throughoutContinue reading “Grottos, follies and fun”