The Magic of Sintra
The first things that come to mind when I think of Sintra are- greenery, magical and mystical. Surrounded by trees, plants, and stone walls, Sintra definitely feels like an enchanted forest.
We visited the Quinta da Regaleira and got to feel the magic of Sintra. At first we walked around the grounds a bit lost, searching for its glory…Once we encountered the Initiation Wells, I finally understood why I kept associating the town with magic and mysticism.
— “One of the wells contains nine platforms, which are said to be “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.” A smaller well, called the “Unfinished Well,” contains a set of straight staircases, connecting the ring-shaped floors to one another. It is believed that the spacing of the landings, as well as the number of steps in between were dictated by Masonic principles.“–(www.ancient-origins.net)
It was amazing to see and climb these in person. There was definitely a distinguishable energy throughout the Regaliera grounds.
Sintra is also well known for a few of its other palaces & castles. We got to peek at the Castle of the Moors, and Palace de Peña- both of which are captivating and gorgeous to view from afar. Will definitely have to return some day and make it to each of those as well.
In addition to being beautiful and entrancing- the people here were very nice. We made a few friends who showed us a cool late night bar (which seemed to be rare in this town, makes sense why many people recommend as a day trip if you like to experience night life) and also led us to a view of the city at night. Wonderful.
We will definitely have to see Sintra again someday.