As far as estates go, few in the world are as mystical and eccentric as Quinta da Regaleira in Portugal. Here, you will find a mind-boggling array of gardens, caves, towers, grottos and fountains, as well as architectural styles ranging from Roman and Manueline to Renaissance and Gothic. Most intriguing of all, the site also includes hidden symbols evoking the Knights Templar, Masons, alchemists and Rosicrucians.
The property contains numerous pathways through lush gardens, an intricate cave system connecting various buildings, a palace, a chapel and a park. There are two wells that are actually spiral, stone staircases that descend more than 80 feet into the Earth. The number of steps and the placement of landings in one well correlate to Tarot mysticism. An aquarium on the property was built to look like a natural formation.
There is, in other words, more than enough to occupy visitors for a few days.
The estate is a UNESCO World Heritage site designed by Italian architect Luigi Manini, and completed in 1910 after six years of work.