NileGuide Expert Says:
Highly unusual visitor attraction set in a stunning, UNESCO-designated location.
Rua Barbosa du Bocage
2710-567 Lisbon, Portugal
Outside the City
tel: +351 (0)21 910 6656
NileGuide Expert tip:
The Grotto of the East forms the entrance to the tunnels that lead to the famous well.
One of the most beguiling and enigmatic of Sintra's cultural attractions, this late 19th-century property was the summer residence of the Carvalho Monteiro family. Built in the neo-Manueline style, the main house is a confection of exuberant and decorative architecture, richly carved wood and limestone. Standing on three levels, the turret shooting up from the top floor affords panoramic views over the Sintra Hills. The lush, terraced gardens feature lakes, waterfalls, grottos, a chapel and a spooky underground tunnel system that leads to the bottom of a subterranean well sunk 27 metres into the earth. A monumental stairway takes you back to the top.