Nested at the hillside of Sintra Mountain, «the small savoyan village» Colares, as portrayed by the famous writer and British traveller William Beckford, extends around Nª Sª da Assunção church, rebuilt after the earthquake of 1755.
«The valley of Colares is, from my point of view, a source of perennial enjoyment and I discovered new and shady paths, along orchards and chestnut trees, that lead us to the greenest places one can ever imagine, where orange trees and wild laurels hang down streams and let their fruits drop in the water flow.»
Beckford visited and lived in Portugal in three different times: from 1787 to 1789; from 1793 to 1795 and from 1798 to 1799. He was welcomed into the Portuguese high society and into the Court. He was a close friend of Marquis of Marialva, the Seteais Palace owner, and ended up spending long seasons in Sintra. He lived in Quinta do Ramalhão and Monserrate Palace. Here, he presumably ordered the construction of the Vathek Arch, the Waterfall and a Stone Circle. He died in Bath, in 1844.