FOUNTAINS OF SINTRA
For centuries Sintra has been a focal point for religious and esoteric cults. For the ancients, the Sintra mountain was not only associated with the moon and lunar Deities, but with magic springs oozing waters with magical properties. Sintra's quirky microclimate is caused by moist Atlantic winds blowing onto the exposed rock faces of Sintra's mountain and condensing into clouds. One such cloud, affectionately known as the queen's fart, often hovers over the town even on the clearest of days. Compared to the surrounding area Sintra is lush and green. The buildings within the forest, if left unattended, soon morph into the background as their walls are taken over by moss and lichen. This life-giving resource permeates through the mountain's ancient porous strata emerging as springs of the refreshing mineral-rich water.
The abundance of this water ensures each resident has enough not only to drink but also harvest crops, refresh livestock and source public baths. This gift from the mountain has been celebrated and honoured for millennia. More recently in monumental landscapes in the gardens of Pena - Valley of Lakes and at Quinta da Regaleira. Kings and Queens have planted many exotic trees and plants here which would be unable to grow elsewhere in Portugal. Here too there are over 20 public fountains of various sizes, ages and state of preservation. Before modern plumbing, these were the source of drinking water for the inhabitants of Sintra, and many people still today use these fountains for such a purpose. However, concerns over modern farming methods and pesticides have caused the local town council to err on the side of caution and hang plaques advising visitors not to drink the water.