Quinta da Regaleira Tickets & Tours

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Visiting Quinta da Regaleira | The Palace of Monteiro

Quinta da Regaleira, one of its most famous palaces, is known for its mysterious elements and the beautiful mish-mash of architectural styles. It houses the mysterious Initiation Well and is filled with pagan and occult symbols. Read on to know more about Quinta da Regaleira, how to book Quinta da Regaleira tickets, its opening hours, and other details to help you plan your visit.

Things to know before booking your Quinta Da Regaleira tickets

  • Combo for saving time and money: There are also combo tickets available that include entry to other Sintra attractions, such as the Pena Palace, Moorish Castle, and Monserrate Palace. These can be a good option if you are planning on visiting multiple attractions.
  • Guided Tours: To delve deeper into the site's historical and architectural significance, consider joining a guided tour. Knowledgeable guides can enhance your experience.
  • Accessibility: Allow plenty of time for your visit, as there is a lot to see at the Quinta da Regaleira. Be sure to pick up a map of the estate when you enter. The estate is quite large and can be confusing to navigate. There are a few places where you need to be careful of uneven surfaces and steps. Keep an eye on your children, as there are a few ponds and wells on the estate.
  • Identification: Don't forget to carry a valid photo ID, as it may be required to match with your tickets during entry. Any official ID with a clear photograph will suffice.

Why visit Quinta da Regaleira?

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  • Otherworldly Architecture: The architecture designed by the famous Luigi Manini is something straight out of a fairytale. Admire the Roman, Gothic, Renaissance, and Manueline architectural influences that are amalgamated into charming and swoon-worthy structures around Quinta da Regaleira.
  • Verdant Gardens: Set amidst lush green surroundings in Sintra, the estate is further enriched by the garden complex and park designed by the French landscapist hired by Carvalho Monteiro. Explore the beautiful flora peppered with fountains, lakes, grottoes, wells, benches, and other such elements.
  • Enigmatic Atmosphere: If you are a lover of fantasy thrillers, you will adore the mysteries of Quinta da Regaleira. Monteiro included intriguing structures that concealed Rosicrucian, Masonic, and alchemical symbols like the famous Initiation Well.

Which Quinta da Regaleira ticket is best for you

Quinta da Regaleira Skip the Line and Audio Guided Tickets

Skip-the-line tickets

Duration: 2- 3 hours
Guide: Audioguide

Quinta da Regaleira - guided tour

Guided tours

Duration: 2-3 hours
Guide: Professional tour guide

  • Enjoy a comprehensive and in-depth experience of Quinta da Regaleira with the help of a professional tour guide who will accompany you, allowing you to truly understand the history and significance of the attraction.
  • Guided tours are available in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Recommended tours:

Quinta da Regaleira and Pena Palac combo

Combo tours

Duration: Varies
Guide: Professional tour guide

  • Explore other popular attractions in Lisbon along with Quinta da Regaleira, such as the Pena Palace, Moorish Castle, Monserrate Palace, allowing you to have an all-around experience at a budgeted price.
  • Enjoy skip-the-line access and guided tours to some of the most-visited destinations in Lisbon.

Recommended tours:

Super Flexible Cancellation Policy

Enjoy a super flexible cancellation policy with your Quinta de Regaleira tickets. You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund. Make sure to check these details before purchasing tickets. 

Quinta da Regaleira highlights

Quinta da Regaleira Palace Exteriors

Palace Exteriors

The outside is something of an artistic labyrinth. The architecture combines elements from the Renaissance, Neo-Manueline, Egyptian, Gothic, and Moorish styles. You will find tons of gargoyles, capitals, gothic turrets, an octagonal tower, and interesting motifs, adorning the palace exteriors and rendering a mystical appearance.

Intricate Interiors of Quinta da Regaleira

Intricate interiors

Exquisitely carved fireplaces, gorgeous wooden ceilings, elaborate inlaid mosaic flooring, and Venetian glass mosaics make up the interiors of the mansion. Even though the palace has five floors, you can only visit the top floor. Formal areas like the dining room, music room, billiards room, and living room are on the first floor. 

Quinta da Regaleira Gardens

Regaleira Gardens

The Regaleira garden complex at Quinta is its finest feature. It is strewn with whimsical follies. The Promenade of the Gods is located on one of the main entrances to the estate. Along this walkway are numerous stone statues of Greek deities, including Venus, Hermes, and Dionysus, some of which are entwined with flora. 

Initiation Well of Quinta da Regaleira

Initiation Well

The most frequented location in the garden is an Initiation Well. Allegedly used for secretive Masonic rituals, the spiral staircase leads 90 feet down into the earth's interior. The well has nine platforms, which are compared to the nine circles of Hell, the nine regions of Purgatory, and the nine heavens that create Paradise in Dante's Divine Comedy.

Garden Tunnels in Quinta da Regaleira

Garden Tunnels

A vast and mysterious network of tunnels with numerous access points, such as grottoes, the chapel, Waterfall Lake, and Leda's Cave, located beneath the Regaleira Tower, is part of the garden complex. A tunnel system beneath the Quinta da Regaleira garden can be reached from the bottom of the Initiation Well by a disguised entrance from the top.

Regaleira Chapel in Quinta da Regaleira

Regaleira Chapel

The Regaleira Chapel is located in front of the palace's main entrance. Its design is similar to the palace. The chapel's interior is lavishly ornamented with murals, stained glass windows, and elaborate stucco. Along with other religious images, the frescoes feature images of Teresa of Vila and Saint Anthony. 

Plan your visit to Quinta da Regaleira

Getting There
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Facilities Available in Quinta da Regaleira
  • Accessibility: Quinta da Regaleira offers free entry to one travel companion for visitors on wheelchairs (with proof of a disability ID). However, stairs connect several rooms of the palace, which are not easy to navigate for wheelchair users. 
  • Cafeteria: There is a cafe inside the Quinta da Regaleira premises with a lovely terrace where you may enjoy lunch and dinner or just a cup of tea while taking in the stunning views.
  • Gift shop: Quinta da Regaleira also has a gift shop where you can buy souvenirs and gifts for your loved ones.
  • Audio Guide: The estate provides a self-guided audio tour in English to acquaint you with the fascinating history and occult mysteries of Quinta da Regaleira.
  • Public toilets: There is a public washroom facility near the entrance of the palace.
  • Photography: Personal photography is allowed inside the Quinta da Regaleira premises, however, you need to ask for permission before shooting anything commercial. 
Quinta da Regaleira

Tascantiga: Savor Portuguese tapas with a modern twist in a cozy, historic setting near Quinta da Regaleira.

Cantinho Gourmet: Enjoy fresh seafood and traditional Portuguese dishes in a charming restaurant just steps away.

Taberna Real: Experience a royal feast with a variety of traditional Portuguese delicacies in an elegant atmosphere.

Café Inglês: Dine amidst lush gardens and indulge in a diverse menu of international and Portuguese cuisine.

Quinta da Regaleira

Budget Option - Monte da Lua Guest House: Cozy guest house offering affordable rooms with a warm atmosphere, within walking distance to Quinta da Regaleira.

Mid-Range Option - Sintra Boutique Hotel: A charming hotel nestled in the heart of Sintra, providing comfortable rooms and excellent service.

Luxury Option - Tivoli Palácio de Seteais: Experience opulence in a palace turned hotel, featuring lavish rooms and breathtaking views of Sintra's landscape.

Tips to Note When Visiting Quinta da Regaleira
  • Note the Steep Incline: Quinta da Regaleira has uneven terrain, steep staircases, and arching inclines. Make sure to walk carefully around the estate. 
  • Carry Earphones: Bring personal headphones along with a fully charged mobile phone for the audio guide, when visiting this estate. 
  • Wear Comfortable Shoes: Quinta da Regaleira has many significant rooms and intricate details. The tour is quite intensive and involves a lot of walking, so wear your most comfortable closed shoes. 
  • Dress in Layers: Sintra is comparatively cooler than Lisbon, due to its surrounding hills. Add a few layers of light jackets and take a scarf to beat the windy chill. 
  • Carry an Umbrella: Sintra experiences rainfall almost nine months of the year. Make sure to carry an umbrella to avoid getting drenched. 

Frequently asked questions about Quinta da Regaleira

Where can I buy Quinta da Regaleira tickets?

It is best to buy Quinta da Regaleira tickets online for they guarantee admission at the time of entry. Booking tickets in advance also ensures that you do not have to waste time standing in long queues. 

What is the cost of Quinta da Regaleira tickets?

The cost of a Quinta da Regaleira ticket is €21. The ticket includes a free audio guide to make your experience more enjoyable and informative. 

Can I get a discount on Quinta da Regaleira tickets?

If you book Quinta da Regaleira tickets online, you can avail yourself of great deals and discounts. 

What to see at the Quinta da Regaleira?

The various architectural styles, exquisite flora and fauna in the gardens,  and intricate interiors are the best highlights of Quinta da Regaleira. If you love occult mysteries, look out for the Initiation Well, whose nine levels are often related to Dante’s nine levels of hell. 

Where is Quinta da Regaleira located?

Quinta da Regaleira is located near the historic quarter of Sintra. The address is Quinta da Regaleira, Rua Barbosa du Bocage in Sintra, Portugal.

What are some of the highlights of Quinta da Regaleira?

The extensive Regaleira gardens, the Chapel, and the garden tunnels are some of the unmissable highlights of Quinta da Regaleira.

How to reach Quinta da Regaleira?

You may choose to board the trains running along the Oriente to Sintra or Rossio to Sintra lines and get down at Sintra. You can also board a bus from routes 433 or 434 and reach Quinta da Regaleira. 

What are the timings of Quinta da Regaleira?

The opening hours of Quinta da Regaleira are 10 AM to 6.30 PM from January to March and from October to December, but from April to September, it was open from 10 AM to 7.30 PM. 

What facilities are available in Quinta da Regaleira?

You can dine in the cafeteria of Quinta da Regaleira. It also has public restrooms and a gift shop where you can buy souvenirs. If you have disability proof, you can take one travel companion with you for free inside the palace premises. 

Is Quinta da Regaleira wheelchair accessible?

If you have proof like a disability ID, you can take one travel companion for free along with you. The palace allows visitors on wheelchairs, however, the uneven terrain and stairs may be difficult to navigate even with assistance. But, you can enjoy the splendid views and some of the attractions inside the palace. 

Is photography allowed in Quinta da Regaleira?

Yes, photography and filming for private use are allowed in Quinta da Regaleira. However, visitors who want to click photos or shoot videos for commercial purposes must ask for prior authorization.

Is it worth visiting Quinta da Regaleira?

Known for its dreamlike architecture, mysterious symbols, and beautiful surroundings, Quinta da Regaleira is one of the most beautiful palaces in Sintra. Being a part of Sintra’s rich cultural landscape, it has now been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you look closely, you will find several symbols related to Masonry, alchemy, the Knights Templar, and the Rosicrucians inside the Quinta da Regaleira premises.