We are staying in a town which is about 40 minutes out of Lisbon. The town was a retreat for Portuguese Royals and the wealthy. This is an area of World Heritage sites. There are 4 Palaces and one extraordinary garden.
We visited the Quinta da Regaleira which was great fun! The garden had tunnels which ended at the base of a well. Felt like a kid again! After following the tunnels past the back of waterfalls, you ended up at the base of a well. You then climbed a spiral staircase to the surface. Fantastic! There were also towers and winding paths. A giant adventure park!
Today we visited a Moorish castle which runs along the ridge line. We could imagine how exciting a child would find it. Just needed a sword and armour! Views across to the surrounding palaces and countryside were spectacular. This was followed by the Pena Palace and gardens, built for the King. The Palace's architecture is a mixture of German castles for the Rhine river, Baroque castles and Moorish features. Brightly coloured and built on the highest point in the area. Its gardens sprawl down the hillside and included the Queen's fern valley
which had lots of Australian and NZ ferns. Beautiful.
We have been arguing about which of these 3 sites is the best. No decision has been made!
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