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Park and National Palace of Pena, Sintra
Categories: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
The exotic Park and National Palace of Pena, a World Heritage Site known for its Romanticist architecture, is listed as one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal. While the foundation of this palace dates back to a chapel in the Middle Ages, the current appearance is mostly the work of German architect Baron Wilhelm Ludwig von Eschwege. He mixed Neo-Gothic, Neo-Manueline, Neo-Islamic, and Neo-Renaissance styles to create this dramatic structure. Tour the palace to admire the building's restored red and yellow facade, interior design, and antique furniture. Use our Sintra tour planner to arrange your visit to Park and National Palace of Pena and other attractions in Sintra.
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We took the train out to Sintra fully expecting to visit three to four palaces/castles/ mansions and we were fortunate we started with the Palacio Pena and gardens. This whole place needs at least 4 h... read more »
Estivemos no Palácio da Pena e a visita foi agradável e interessante para quem nunca esteve em um palácio. Porém na saída a grande decepção: um banheiro muito sujo, quando se paga 14 euros para entrar... read more »We were at the Pena Palace and the visit was enjoyable and interesting for those who have never been to a Palace. But on the way out the great disappointment: a bathroom very dirty when it paid 14 euros to enter the location, without the right to transport.show original
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This palace looks like it is made of patches of different clays and tiles making it intriguing and charming. It is constantly being restored and improved and you are welcome to see the restoration pro... read more »
I loved this Palace. It was 13 euros for entrance to the gardens and inside the palace. Sure it is busy, it's a beautiful building and has a great views. Getting up the mountain was not easy on foot. I walked and climbed many stairs for a long time (over an hour) to get there. I enjoyed the walk but if walking isn't your thing then get a bus. The 434 goes often and is cheap at 5 euros for a return trip from the train station or the historic town of Sintra.
I did not make it to the Palace. I could tell after stepping out of the train the city itself is a rip off. $2.00 for a water . $2.25 for a public bus ride . The tour sellers praying on tourists as soon as we step off the train. The line of people to get in the bus to the Palace. Too much I think. If you go, be patient, ready to deal with all of the above and, I think, expect the Palace to be very crowded. Also the train ride to Sintra is not pleasant. The train was packed with people, it was smelly.
If you only had a day in Sintra, you should pick a couple of castles/ buildings to visits. I am glad that we chose Pena palace. It is beautiful and quirky and the views from the palace are spectacular. If you are doing a day trip go to Pena first as the tour buses come here later in the day. The garden around the castle are spectacular so take your time walking around.
A castle with wonderful colors and an interesting story. From the wall, you get a wonderful view on the mountain and on the Castelo de Mouros. The audioguide isn't that interesting and you can't plug your own headset (there's only a not so loud speaker) so I wouldn't recommend it. There's a lot of tourists up there. Try avoiding the rush hour. To get from the road to the castle, you can pay for a bus but you can also do a little walk of ~10min which is fine.
Eccentric neoromantic palace that juxtaposes 18th century German aesthetics with revived Moorish architectural designs: a must visit in Sintra!
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