If every hostel were like Casa Azul, fancy hotels would not exist. I had a great sleep and then Antonio was there bright and early to serve a fabulous breakfast. After, I decided to leave my car parked and walk to Quinta da Regliera because parking is such an issue. So many European cities were built long before anyone even dreamed of cars and so the streets are narrow and parking is often on the sidewalk. It was a beautiful day so I was happy to walk. Along the way, more sculptures-
Quinta da Regaleira was built between 1904 and 1910 during the last years of the Portuguese monarchy. Antonio Augusto Carvalho Monteiro, or Moneybags Monteiro as he was nicknamed, owned the property last and it was his favorite country estate. I guess he had more than one. Luigi Manini was the architect of this weird place-
The Initiation Wells are really inverted towers. They were never water sources but used for ceremonial purposes, including tarot initiation rites! Tunnels connect the wells as well as different caves and towers.
The larger tower has a 27 meter spiral staircase and many small landings-