Park and National Palace of Pena, Sintra

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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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  • Sintra and especially the Park and the view of the Pena Palace are a must, unique at very affordable price (€2.20 for the train from Lisbon, € 5.5 for the on-site bus that takes you to different places to see, € 6.5 for entry to the Park of la Peña)
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  • This 19th century romanticism styled palace is perched on top of a hill and it's advisable to go by the 434 bus that serves the Sintra village and the Moor Castle. It is a blend of Gothic, Moorish, Ne...  more »
  • So the bus charges €5 to take you from the train station to each castle. Sounds great but understand you'll lose lots of time waiting for it- at each location. But- what they don't tell you- is that i...  more »
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  • This is a definite 'must do' if you are travelling to Portugal. A short drive from Lisbon, make sure you arrive early in the morning to avoid the parking congestion of the day. You will be rewarded with a spectacular walk through the surrounding gardens. During our visit, a thick fog blanketed the surrounds and made for surreal photographs of the palace raising from the mist. We also packed our own lunch and enjoyed relaxing in the gardens. The palace itself appears to have been transported to the crest of a rocky outcrop and inspires dreams of fairytales and a lifestyle outside the reach of most of us.
  • Amazing palace! The views offered by this palace are breath taking and make for many great pictures. The exhibits are well presented and a circuit is outlined for efficient travel within the palace. The park was wonderful to explore and the high cross monument provides a great photo of the palace. Make sure you take bus 434 for a fun and windy ride up the steep hills.
  • I have visited many castles and historic sites around Europe and this one by far stands out as one of the top 5 sites, that is for certain. This palace is well preserved! The furniture, the rooms, the decor is in great condition and definitely takes you back in time. Although there is a fairly pricey entrance fee, it was well worth it. There was heavy mist when we visited and it was rainy, so we did not catch any views unfortunately. Its pretty easy to get to, take a train from Lisbon, then hop on the 434 bus route in the direction of Pena.
  • This palace has stunning colours and views. It makes for an excellent tour as you explore all the rooms and decorations inside. It's a tough decision as to whether I enjoyed this palace or the Moorish Castle more (Castelo dos Mouros), as they are both distinctly different from each other, but both fascinating. I would allot 2 hours for this palace to really appreciate it.
  • Hiked up here via the Moorish castle. Beautiful hike. Lots of woods and views. We all thought this looked like a castle from Disneyland or Medieval Times, it was so vibrant and atypical of castles and palaces I've seen anywhere. It's bigger on the inside then the outside, and the views from the surrounding walls of Lisbon, north Portugal and the Atlantic are stunning