Quinta de Regaleira – Sintra, Portugal

Getting to Sintra is actually pretty simple.  While most guidebooks will tell you to go to the train station attached to the Rossio station, from the Lisbon Marriott there is an easier way.  From the Sete Rios metro station, there is another train station about 200 meters away.  You can also take the train to get to Sintra from this station.  In all likelihood, the train station at Sete Rios will be less crowded.

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Quinta da Regaleira

Quinta da Regaleira is a UNESCO World Heritage site located in the town of Sintra. It has only been opened to the public since 1998, as it has been a private residence prior to that time.

Getting to Sintra is actually pretty simple.  While most guidebooks will tell you to go to the train station attached to the Rossio station, from the Lisbon Marriott there is an easier way.  From the Sete Rios metro station, there is another train station about 200 meters away.  You can also take the train to get to Sintra from this station.  In all likelihood, the train station at Sete Rios will be less crowded.

In 1892, the property was sold to Carvalho Monteiro who wanted to build a fantasyland of sorts of his interests and ideas. The result is a maze of treasures at every turn.

Words can’t give the property justice, but there is a palace, chapel, park, a maze of tunnels, initiation wells, lakes, fountains and an aquarium.

The Initiation Wells seem to be the most iconic and picturesque of the entire property.

Rather than try to describe Quinta da Regaleira, I will simply let the pictures speak for themselves.

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Kebabish – Sintra, Portugal

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Kebabish

Kebabish is an Indian restaurant in Sintra. It is located within walking distance of the train station. The restaurant is on the smaller side, and there are several tables outside along the sidewalk.

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Garlic Naan

The Garlic Naan had some nice char marks with a smattering of garlic. Onions and parsley dominated the landscape however. This was the thickest naan that I had ever had, but was good.

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Butter Chicken

The Butter Chicken came in a metal dish with large chunks of chicken floated on top, as well as some that were lurking underneath a rather rustic looking sauce. The chicken was nice and tender, and the sauce was full of flavor.

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Chicken Tikka

The Chicken Tikka came in a fiery red sauce that was on the sweeter side. It was a little too sweet for my taste. I am used to chicken tikka that has little to no sweetness, so this was a big change of pace.

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Rice

A small side of rice helped to sop up the flavors of the sauces of both chicken places.

The staff was friendly and service was good. If you’re looking for a change of pace while in Portugal, this is a pretty good choice.